Bauhaus Museum in Tel Aviv

Bauhaus was a school of design in Germany before WWII (1919 – 1933). In the beginning it was more focused on crafts and fine arts – they didn’t even have an architecture department the first year.

Hitler, however, hated Bauhaus design (he preferred the classical design) and had the school closed in 1933. Fortunately, some of the artists and designers left before things in Germany got truly scary – and they came to Israel (back then Palestine under the British regime).


The Bauhaus Museum in Bialik Square is a small space that exhibits the crafts and furniture coming from the Bauhaus side of design.

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Ceramic Artist: Hadas Ella – innovative serving design

What would you say to a cake platter that was already precut into triangular servings?



Terrific! Aesthetically pleasing! White (it goes with any place setting) and efficient – more room on the table and less to wash up! I thought this was such a clever piece designed by ceramic artist: Hadas Ella. Continue reading

IKEA’s new PS Collection, the talk of the town



Photo by Modern Craft

When you score, you score big; that’s what IKEA has done with their new PS collection.  Every blog I read has coverage on this line and so I decided to cover it here on Tchochkes.  The photo above is from the Modern Craft blog spot.  They did a good job showcasing IKEA’S new line in one go.

What’s nice about this line is that it is contemporary but fun.  It looks like their designers came home after a party and went to work!  Here is the link for IKEA Sweden, the mother ship delivers and I hope it stops here too.

Store review: Nedunya grand re-opening

Nedunya is a strange word even in Hebrew.  This French Country store which used to be located just off of King George Street near the Dizengoff Center, has moved.  I found it while walking along Ben Yehuda Street last week but it was closed.  The interior of the store was all set up but the sign on the door read “Opening May 25th”, so I went back on May 25th for the grand re-opening. 

I was told by the store owner that Nedunya means “wedding gifts” in Hebrew, which makes a lot of sense.  This store is entirely stocked with French Country kitchen stuff that would typically be given to a new bride.

*Since I posted this two readers wrote in that Nedunya means “Dowry”… that makes even more sense.


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Home tour: Dropping in on Michal “Bialik”

On the first day of Houses From Within I went to lunch at the very cool Cafe Bialik and sat at the bar. I’m bored so I start chatting with a guy sitting a few stools down. He was a real character, asking me if I was religious and such (I guess I kind of looked it from the way I was dressed) and I found him thoroughly entertaining. We eventually discussed Tchochkes and family and kids (what can I say? I’m chatty.)

That day I ordered the BLT and it was really good.

I liked the BLT so much the next day I went back for another one (because they made the bacon crispy – which for some reason is really hard to find in Israel.) This time I sat at a table.

Looking around the restaurant I thought to myself, ‘I bet the owner has a fabulous apartment. There are just too many really cool elements of design in this place.’ So I saw the owner and asked her if I could take pictures of her flat.


Turns out that she already knew about me. The guy I was chatting with the previous day was her brother and he had mentioned me.  So she said yes, and walked me to her flat after I finished my meal. I love it when that happens.

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Outdated bathroom tiles, not anymore…

Wow there are some really ugly, old bathroom tiles out there; I am sure that you’ve seen a few…


Here’s an old bathroom that is in pretty good shape.  The only problem is that these brownish tiles are dark and don’t do much to add to this small space.   The apartment is a rental and the owner did not want to do an expensive renovation, so she put on her thinking cap and came up with a pretty good economical solution. 

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