The Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Israel Export Institute chose 24 fresh designers to display their creations in the first-ever Israel pop-up store in Hong Kong, to open October 22.

Carpets, jewelry, hats, toys, accessories, lamps, gifts and home furnishings will be among the items meant to brand Israel as a leading country for design, not just for high-tech.

Some of Aviv Kinel's textile works. Photo via avivkinel.com
Some of Aviv Kinel’s textile works. Photo via avivkinel.com

No fewer than 80 Israeli designers submitted applications following a call for submissions by the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Israel Export Institute. The winners were selected by a Hong Kong design company, along with Elad Goz, head of the Israeli Economic & Trade Mission to Hong Kong, and representatives of the Israel Export Institute.

Ceramic cocktail tables by Ifat Shterenberg. Photo via ifatshterenberg.com
Ceramic cocktail tables by Ifat Shterenberg. Photo via ifatshterenberg.com

“Israeli design is recognized abroad as innovative, and yet many designers find it hard to export their products,” said Eyal Levi, director of the Home and Family Department at the Israel Export Institute.

“Establishing this store, with its wide range of areas of design – from home furnishings to fashion and jewelry – will help designers maximize their exposure in markets in the Far East that have significant potential. We hope that they can increase their sales in traditional avenues as well as online.”

The designers selected to represent Israel are

  1. Adi Bakshi (fashion accessories)
  2. Adi Buvarovsky (pop art)
  3. Adi Lev (jewelry)
  4. Aviv Kinel (jewelry)
  5. Bangi Shoes (shoes)
  6. Briday (gifts)
  7. Bumpers Comfort (shoes)
  8. Dori Csengeri (jewelry)
  9. Ester Shahaf (jewelry and Judaica)
  10. Gallabia (fashion)
  11. Ifat Shterenberg (furniture)
  12. Justine Hats (Yael Cohen) (hats)
  13. Kay Brock (textiles for the home)
  14. Maya Negri (fashion)
  15. PaperCat (Hadar Kimchy and Eitan Shiloh) (toys)
  16. Studio Shulab (home furnishings)
  17. Sink Skin (home furnishings)
  18. Gal Stern (fashion accessories)
  19. Studio Cheha (Bulbing lamps)
  20. Studio Vayehi (Katerina Brand and Tsuriel Gottlieb)  (lamps)
  21. Sturlesi Design (home furnishings)
  22. Una Una Shoes (shoes)
  23. Anat Dahari (shoes)
  24. Yesh Meayin (carpets)