Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Hard pressed as I have been to take my pick out of 100 worthy options at the Origin fair, here’s a couple I had the chance to have a quick chat with, whom I was looking forward to introduce to you. Orli Tesler and Itamar Mendelovitch are a textile design duo from Tel Aviv, where they have perfected their handling of wearable woods, and brought to Vicenza a willowy and lustrous collection of pochettes, in the shades of walnut, ebony, rosewood. Carpenters of the modern world, their bags are slow-cooking projects, as they call them, and each can take up to two months to make – though their prices are not as steep as this would suggest. As many at the fair, theirs is a work of love, and comes out of respect for nature: Orli tells me that there’s very little waste and they hardly use any electricity. She says, “basically this bag could have been made 100 years ago”. It was about time then, that someone did.