Best of HDW takes a closer look at some of the most exciting projects featured in Design Museum Holon's "Designers Plus Ten" exhibition.
Sahar Batsry was one of few designers featured in the Designers Plus Ten exhibition who also made a presentation to the design panel during Holon Design Week. He was all smiles as he took us through a slideshow of his impressive portfolio, joking that all his designs are prototypes because no one wants to make them. That's a bit self-deprecating, especially since his Full Moon Chair was the only object from an exhibition that includes 41 other designers that was selected to adorn the entrance to Designers Plus Ten.
Once you round the corner, Sahar is again the first designer you meet. His exhibition space includes three projects—a Treenorah from earlier in his career and two more recent pieces, Chair X+1 and Faucet X+1. The Treenorah, which we blogged about on Core77 five years ago, acknowledges that many modern families are both Christian and Jewish, and the green, tree-shaped menorah gives them a way to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
The X+1 series marks a sophisticated turn in Sahar's work. The simple, elegant design solution presented in the faucet attachment allow for a bucket to rest on the spigot while it's being filled, and the addition of a handle to the back of a kitchen chair makes it possible to hang a dish towel there and also makes it easier to move the chair around. The handle is really ingenious. Unlike a formal dining room, the kitchen is a work space. You probably move the chairs in your kitchen more than you think, picking them up with two hands, one on either side of the backrest. The handle is a deceptively simple design solution that allows the avid cook to multi task.
Sahar's other designs are also equal parts clever and beautiful. I especially like Short Cuts (also blogged about on Core77), a set of ceramic tableware made by slicing and rejoining mass produced dishes and cups in surprising new ways. For example, two coffee cups are cut lengthwise, stacked, reglazed and turned on their side to make a bowl. Or two saucers are melded to create a dual saucer/snack plate. Short Cuts underscores a common thread in Sahar's work: he is constantly thinking about common objects and shapes in new ways that get you to think past everyday geometry and form.