There are libraries | And there are Libraries with reclaimed materials
Here are some reasons why I love working with existing or reclaimed materials, whether furniture parts or ready-mades:
The frequency of unexpected challenges requires high problem-solving skills and mental flexibility. This process, that one may compare to a meditation in motion, is well manifested in the result.
The sentiment or nostalgy a known material or form arouses in me and in every human being; the action of taking an existing object and putting it to a new use, cleverly and tastefully changing its function. This is a personal statement I need to make. The ecological aspect of reusing and recycling is a bonus.
The Library on Zamenhof
The Abraham Library | An Iconic Hack
An iconic shelving unit by one of Israel's oldest industrial companies (Ha'argaz) is transformed into a modular system .
I created the first object while working on an apartment on Zamenhof street. The architect was Liat Muller, with whom I have worked several times. Liat originally planned an iron library with carpentry units, which exceeded the budget and sent the couple searching for a modern industrial shelving unit. Liat and I suggested an intermediary solution of using Ha'argaz's shelving unit with some added carpentry units. I was happy to take on the challenge and figure out the interface details between the system and the added units, and the sample detail I created made all of us fall in love; this is how the first library was born. Since then, I have continued to manufacture various functions based on the same principle. I consider it a dynamic theme – I am still possessed by the passion to create a connection (or a clash) between industrial objects and the pinnacle of materials, and working with CNC has expanded our possibilities. In my busy business life, I yearn for an opportunity to find some time and play more and more around these areas…
The Abraham library is a modular shelving unit of iconic metal shelves, with wooden modules connecting to the frame, resulting in a multifunctional furniture.
The action here is essentially hacking an object that is a long-standing Israeli icon, still manufactured and used in homes and industries. We wentWe've decidedmade a choice for minimal action: a conscious decision to refrain from adding any superfluous elements or from replacing existing elements.
The final result is an upgrade to a unique, multifunctional furniture, with an aspect of sustainability.