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May 6, 2015

by Elisheva Manekin

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Elisheva Manekin, and I’m the industrial designer and maker behind Loop Design Studio. I live in a tiny village in the south of Israel with my husband and our two young children.

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Growing up, my family moved a lot. In fact, we never lived in the same house for more than two years. Throughout all of our moves, my mother really wanted us to have a sense of home, so she would bring all our things with us — no matter how heavy or how unimportant — to help us feel comfortable wherever we landed. This is where my love for and connection to objects began. I went on to study industrial design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, which was a natural step for me. After working as a handbag designer for a large company in Israel, I decided to open my own studio and go back to my first love: housewares.

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I find a lot of inspiration in nature. I live in a very rural area that’s best known for its vineyards, and I’m lucky to have the most amazing views right outside my window. I divide my time between working in my kitchen and at my neighbors’ workshop, where I rent out space. It’s really empowering to be able to transform raw materials into something beautiful and useful. My work life now is such a contrast to my time in design school. Back then, I was really afraid of all the heavy machinery; I would even choose projects according to that fear. I think they should teach woodworking in school — to boys and especially to girls.

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Since I have two small kids (ages 4 and 6), I do most of my product development in my head. I have so little time that I often find myself “sketching” in my mind while driving or cooking. Once I’ve got a shape in mind, I’ll make a couple of actual sketches and quickly move on to working with materials. It’s really important to me that my designs make sense and flow with — not against — whatever material I’m using.

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Etsy really opened my eyes to the possibility of having a handmade business that was still focused on minimal, modern design. In the beginning, I had a very different idea of what “craft” and being a “maker” was all about; seeing so many talented designers here has challenged those notions completely. Now, thanks to my shop, pieces of wood and felt that I molded with my hands are being enjoyed in homes around the world — there is nothing more exciting for me than that. My future goals for Loop Design Studio are to continue expanding my line and establish myself as a known brand for people who love functional, minimal design.

Follow Loop Design Studio on the Loop Design Studio blog and Instagram channel.

All photographs by Aya Wind.

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Plant Hanger, Wood Hanging Planter, Modern Macrame, Plant Holder, Grey Macrame Plant Holder  Minimalist Planter, Boho Home, Indoor Planter A
Plant Hanger, Wood Hanging Planter, Modern Macrame, Plant Holder, Grey Macrame Plant Holder Minimalist Planter, Boho Home, Indoor Planter A
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
Wall Hooks set of five, Modern entryway wall hooks, coat hooks, wall hanger, decorative hook, kids coat hooks, wall hook,  WH-07 E
Wall Hooks set of five, Modern entryway wall hooks, coat hooks, wall hanger, decorative hook, kids coat hooks, wall hook, WH-07 E
loopdesignstudio
$64.00 USD
Floating Wood Shelf, Floating Shelves, Wood Wall Shelf, Modern Shelf, Wall shelf ideas, home organization A
Floating Wood Shelf, Floating Shelves, Wood Wall Shelf, Modern Shelf, Wall shelf ideas, home organization A
loopdesignstudio
$40.00 USD
Self watering large planter, modern plant pot, plant holder
Self watering large planter, modern plant pot, plant holder
loopdesignstudio
$64.00 USD
Propagation cone, Propagation station, Plant gift, Plant lady gift, Plant cuttings, Avocado gift
Propagation cone, Propagation station, Plant gift, Plant lady gift, Plant cuttings, Avocado gift
loopdesignstudio
$28.00 USD
Plant Hanger, Wood Hanging Planter, Modern Macrame, Plant Holder, Grey Macrame Plant Holder  Minimalist Planter, Boho Home, Indoor Planter G
Plant Hanger, Wood Hanging Planter, Modern Macrame, Plant Holder, Grey Macrame Plant Holder Minimalist Planter, Boho Home, Indoor Planter G
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
modern floating wall shelf, modern wood shelf, floating shelf bracket, cute display shelf, nursery shelves C
modern floating wall shelf, modern wood shelf, floating shelf bracket, cute display shelf, nursery shelves C
loopdesignstudio
$40.00 USD
Floating Shelf, Modern Shelf Brackets, Floating Shelves, Wall shelf, Hanging Shelf, , nursery shelf, Wood Shelf, Wooden shelf O
Floating Shelf, Modern Shelf Brackets, Floating Shelves, Wall shelf, Hanging Shelf, , nursery shelf, Wood Shelf, Wooden shelf O
loopdesignstudio
$40.00 USD
Hanging Planter with plant pot, Plant hanger, macrame hanging planter, ceiling hanging planter
Hanging Planter with plant pot, Plant hanger, macrame hanging planter, ceiling hanging planter
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
Hanging planter with natural thread, wall planter, indoor plant hanger E
Hanging planter with natural thread, wall planter, indoor plant hanger E
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
White Wall hooks, Entryway Coat hooks,  modern decor WH-01 B
White Wall hooks, Entryway Coat hooks, modern decor WH-01 B
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Floating Shelf, Living Room Shelf, Hanging Shelf, Entryway Shelf, Nursery Decor, Floating Shelves, Bracket Shelves R
Floating Shelf, Living Room Shelf, Hanging Shelf, Entryway Shelf, Nursery Decor, Floating Shelves, Bracket Shelves R
loopdesignstudio
$40.00 USD
Navy Coat hook, Entryway wall hooks, Scandinavian modern home decor, minimalist design WH-03 K
Navy Coat hook, Entryway wall hooks, Scandinavian modern home decor, minimalist design WH-03 K
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Light Blue Entryway coat hook, wall hook, wooden peg, WH-04
Light Blue Entryway coat hook, wall hook, wooden peg, WH-04
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Plant gift, Plant Lover diy kit, Propagation station, Plant propagation, plant gift set
Plant gift, Plant Lover diy kit, Propagation station, Plant propagation, plant gift set
loopdesignstudio
$54.00 USD
Rose pink Wall Hook, Coat Hooks, dipped pastel home decor WH-06
Rose pink Wall Hook, Coat Hooks, dipped pastel home decor WH-06
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Self watering planter, modern plant pot, plant holder
Self watering planter, modern plant pot, plant holder
loopdesignstudio
$58.00 USD
Modern indoor planter, plant pot, white planter, self watering planter
Modern indoor planter, plant pot, white planter, self watering planter
loopdesignstudio
$58.00 USD
Wall Hooks Set Of Five, entryway coat hooks, Scandinavian modern home decor, wood wall pegs D
Wall Hooks Set Of Five, entryway coat hooks, Scandinavian modern home decor, wood wall pegs D
loopdesignstudio
$64.00 USD
Hanging Planters Two, Bohemian Modern Macrame Plant Hanger, Wall Plant Hanger, Indoor Planter Hanger, C
Hanging Planters Two, Bohemian Modern Macrame Plant Hanger, Wall Plant Hanger, Indoor Planter Hanger, C
loopdesignstudio
$94.00 USD
Modern wall hooks set of five, wood coat hooks, entryway wall hooks, wood wall hooks, hat hooks, J
Modern wall hooks set of five, wood coat hooks, entryway wall hooks, wood wall hooks, hat hooks, J
loopdesignstudio
$64.00 USD
Wood Plant Hanger, Modern macrame hanging planter, Indoor plant hanger, wall plant hanger B
Wood Plant Hanger, Modern macrame hanging planter, Indoor plant hanger, wall plant hanger B
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
Black Coat hook, modern wall hooks, entryway coat hooks, decorative wall hooks, wall coat rack ,WH-05 I
Black Coat hook, modern wall hooks, entryway coat hooks, decorative wall hooks, wall coat rack ,WH-05 I
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Modern indoor planter, plant pot, white planter, self watering planter
Modern indoor planter, plant pot, white planter, self watering planter
loopdesignstudio
$92.00 USD
Hanging Planter, Plant Hanger, Wall Planter, Macrame Plant Hanger,  Modern Macrame, Wall Decor, New Home Gift, Nature Lover Gift, Navy D
Hanging Planter, Plant Hanger, Wall Planter, Macrame Plant Hanger, Modern Macrame, Wall Decor, New Home Gift, Nature Lover Gift, Navy D
loopdesignstudio
$48.00 USD
Hanging planter for succulents, small plant hanger, Indoor hanging planter, Modern boho decor
Hanging planter for succulents, small plant hanger, Indoor hanging planter, Modern boho decor
loopdesignstudio
$54.00 USD
Peach Entryway coat hook, modern wall hook, pastel dipped WH-02 X
Peach Entryway coat hook, modern wall hook, pastel dipped WH-02 X
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Wall Hooks, Coat Hooks, entryway wall pegs, Mint modern hooks WH-06 F
Wall Hooks, Coat Hooks, entryway wall pegs, Mint modern hooks WH-06 F
loopdesignstudio
$16.00 USD
Hanging planter mini, Plant hanger, Modern macrame wall planters, Succulent planter
Hanging planter mini, Plant hanger, Modern macrame wall planters, Succulent planter
loopdesignstudio
$54.00 USD
Succulent planter, Indoor plant pot, Small planter, Small cactus planter
Succulent planter, Indoor plant pot, Small planter, Small cactus planter
loopdesignstudio
$42.00 USD

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