Best of HDW takes a closer look at some of the most exciting projects featured in Design Museum Holon's "Designers Plus Ten" exhibition.
If I had to guess, Naama Steinbock and Idan Friedman of Reddish studio probably got the most global press this past year of anyone in the exhibition. Chances are you've probably seen Corkers, a series of kits that turn wine corks into 'party animals.' The steel and plastic attachments are sold in a box that's meant to hang around the neck of a wine bottle. Can you say cutest hostess gift ever? And at $8 apiece you can buy the whole set: Monkey, Deer, Buffalo, Bear, Bunny and Crow. Or mix and match the body parts to create your own species.
Corkers are only the latest design from Reddish, which strives to "help objects feel better about themselves." Naama and Idan also showed Bath & Beyond, a chair made from cutting and bending an old steel bathtub. I love their Menorah, which finds a use for mismatched candlesticks. Equally clever is Hanukit, a small aluminum stand for matchsticks—perfect for those who like to keep their holiday accessories to a bare minimum. There a couple of oddities in their portfolio, like China?, a 3-D printed vase that mimics painstakingly hand-carved China, as well as Buttercup, a "spontaneous picnic dress."