Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tel Aviv Photo Diary

A quiet nook in the Google office overlooking downtown Tel Aviv. Thanks to the soon-to-be Mr., I've seen quite a
few Google offices across the U.S., but none with a space as inviting as this one.

Things have finally started to settle down in Boston, and now that I've managed to peel myself away from CNN, how about those Tel Aviv photos that I promised?

As a true design hub, Tel Aviv and its surroundings have churned out such talent as Ron Arad and Alber Elbaz. And that's not to mention its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture or the world-class Design Museum Holon, just south of the city. Visit after visit, I'm always amazed by what I find in blissfully air conditioned little shops and on unassuming street corners.

The most striking buildings in Tel Aviv are usually in the Bauhaus style, but this one caught my eye for its Asian influence.

A sampling of the wares - all by Israeli designers - at Collect Design Shop in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood

A greenhouse roof drew me into Gavriel, a home and garden shop also in Neve Tzedek...

...where I spotted one of the most charming tablescapes that I've ever seen.

And, finally, some ubiquitous shoe porn. I didn't catch the name of this shop, but not to worry:
There seems to be a shoe store on every block in Tel Aviv.

For more on Israeli design, view my three-part series on the country's home-grown fashion, industrial design and architecture.


  1. Those chairs in pic #1...amazing office setting! Google really steps it up. The Collect Shop looks like my kind of place to explore.

  2. So beautiful and those shoes! Stunning.

  3. Google's where it's at isn't it? That looks awesome. The jewelry is really modern. Not what I was expecting.

  4. Everything looks so beautiful!! Love the jewelry!! I hope you had a lovely time!

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  6. These photos are absolutely stunning - thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Love that little ook and just how gorgeous are those jewellery pieces. I love seeing something new and your trip photos do just that... Did you end up buying something for yourself?

  8. No, I restrained myself this time. I bought too much jewelry on my last trip there. :)

  9. Great shoe porn photos, it's a shame you didn't get the name of the designer/store

    The Google office looks awesome, you should do a post with photos from the different offices you've visited around the world, if you have photos of course. I know I'd be interested in seeing that.

  10. Why haven't I thought of that?! I'll have to take photos next time I visit California and NY (or at least get Avi to take them for me on his next business trip).

  11. Yeah that would truly be awesome! I'd certainly look forward to seeing that.

  12. Glad that you were able to share this with us. I am a huge architecture fan, always inspired by it. Also, those nude wedges are amazing, I'd love to wear those ... it's so abstract the way the heel is designed, a cooler Hasbeens if you will. Well, it looks like you had a great trip! xx :-)

  13. Is it just me, or is the sunlight over there much duskier? Just looks so warm....hope you had a nice time! I do like that table setting as well.

  14. I think that's something only a professional photographer would notice. :)

  15. i am DYING for that jewelry and the shoes. really amazing design. looks like you had a gorgeous trip my dear friend. love you!