I lobo you got the extraordinary chance to see published an exclusive interview with great designer Ezri Tarazi. We really appreciate his work and it was very good to get to know a little bit more about him and the works.
We are lovers of Ezri work, so he totally deserves our attention. See the exclusive interview:
How and why did you get into the design Industry? Where did you study, etc?
I have read a book “FUTURE SHOCK” by the futurist Alvin Toffler and he mentioned Industrial Design as one of the key functions in the future. I have started to search about it and went to see exhibitions of design at the Israeli Museum design department. In the seventies they have shown exhibitions like the design of B&O and Eettore Sottsass avanguard design. And I loved both ends of the World of design. I wanted to do both of them.
How would you describe your design style? How varied are your designs?
In the more experimental design of my work I would describe it as Neo-Realistic design. I use metaphors from the realism of the geo-politics, social cyber world or info graphic to create a narrative. On the Industrial design part of my work I use no‐nonsense design.
Do you have a signature touch with your designs?
It is blunt and bold. You rather get interested in the narrative and swallow the harsh reality or you don’t.
What do you love about being a designer?
I love the fact that I meet a lot of expert people in their engineering or craft field. I love to learn from those people. They are the anonymous heroes of our society. Our society loves stars, and most of these people those not have this ambition to be in the front. But they are people who have spent hundreds of thousand of hours to be so good in what they do. And I feel lucky to meet new people that teach me each time the things which I would never dream to learn in any other place.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From text. I love philosophy and specially a combination of mainstream and esoteric philosophy. I can read one sentence of Emanuel Levinas and get an idea to a new object.
What are some of your most popular designs? Tell us a bit about some of your designs and what you love about them. What’s your favorite and why?
I don’t like to look back at what I have done, but rather focus on what next. The current situation in Iraq have brought to my mind the memory of the “New Baghdad” table I have done for Edra on 2003. It was just one week before the invasion to Iraq that I’ve got this urge to make the table as a metaphor for the blind ambition of the West to re-arrange the Middle East with total ignorance of what Iraq is made from. The use of the many aluminium profiles shows the difficulty they are going to face. 11 years after the work was done, it seems to me a prophetic in it nature.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I am working on a project with the Jerusalem Museum together with Haim Parnas on the Material aspect of the Old City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the most exciting cities in the world and at the same time the most complex in its potential.
What is your philosophy on design and life?
That design is a reflection of the unseen worlds inside each of us and our society, but it can also be a reflection of the unseen worlds outside of the human which reflect the wash of new upgrade from Creation to the human race and the planet. Then it can be really futuristic.
What are your design dreams/goals?
To be able to connect between the spiritual aspect in us and the material world that surround us, in simile to our higher nature and goal. It will take time and maybe the human race will need to face. Devastating times before it will transform into the state of being one with its objects.
Describe yourself in three words.
Bridge to ‘unknown‐unkonwn’
Thank you Ezri for the interview and we will be waiting for your new designs!
See also our previous post about Ezri Tarazi work HERE