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Fresh Shop: Tesler + Mendelovitch

Jul 11, 2013

by Orli Tesler

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Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!

We are Orli Tesler and Itamar Mendelovitch, the team behind Tesler + Mendelovitch. We live and work in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where we opened our own studio six months after graduating from the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design.

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We met in school, and from the get-go we started collaborating on numerous projects: weaving, printing and product design. We were in awe at the size of the different workshops  at school and did our best to experiment and cram as much information as possible before completing our degrees, because we knew that having access to all these amazing  facilities is really only possible when you are in school.

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Wood has been our core working material since our second year at university when, almost by accident, we found a way to make wood flexible. We began to think of it as a textile, and for almost two years we worked on the wood as a surface — developing and refining our technique as we went along. About a year ago, we began to create three dimensional objects, beginning with pedestals commissioned for Israeli artist Sigalit Landau. We then adapted the pedestals to our own furniture line called “Diamond Woods,” featuring lightweight coffee tables and stools made from our own original wooden textile.

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We are inspired by the minimalism of clean lines and precision, but we also like the idea of creating soft materials from hard, and hard materials from soft. Mostly, the material itself inspires us, as we think that the material informs the product. Everything we do is handmade, from the wood that we select (looking for that perfect grain) to the cutting and the final polish. We work slowly and meticulously to make sure that every item gets a personal touch.

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Our wearable wood series is the synthesis of our individual interests in fashion and industrial craftsmanship. Realizing its potential has been a process of intensive research and development, and we are still learning and refining our technique. The clutch is such a versatile piece: it goes with everything, any style and any occasion. It can be rustic, elegant, minimalistic, corporate or worn for a special occasion.

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Our studio functions as a workshop, a laboratory and is our second home. It’s full of tools, all kinds of equipment and experiments-in-progress, so it’s definitely not a sterile environment — we warn our visitors to leave their best clothes at home! We hope to continue to develop our other textile techniques, but we are also interested in research and development and aim to establish a prototype development studio to support our own work as well as work for other companies.  We are always on the lookout for new collaborations with fellow artists and designers.

All photos by Yotam From, courtesy of Tesler + Mendelovitch.

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