Tomer Nachshonby Daniela Engelberg | 11.10.17
Tomer Nachshon is a top Israeli architect and furniture designer, known and admired for his raw and sleek designs. Nachshon grew up in his father’s light & sound system workshop in Haifa, discovering the world of craftsmanship and vibrant innovation. It was there that he gained experience in carpentry and materials, and became fascinated with the joy of creating products, dealing with spaces and working with his own hands.
The knowledge and working methods of the material became a skill for Nachshon over the years, and they were met with architecture studies at the Technion, The Israel Institute of Technology. At that point, it all started—Tomer discovered a broader scope for understanding the scale of furniture—the technical knowledge met with the theoretical and architectural.
“You start with nothing more than an idea or a story, which you can transform into something beautiful. Furniture is a type of design—as in architecture, furniture changes spaces and you are creating it yourself”, Nachshon tells Telavivian.
Tomer Nachshon furniture represents the natural world, using truly authentic and unprocessed materials. He believes that if the design is precise enough, it can bare its natural marks—just like a person who takes pride in his or her scars. Tomer embraces the marks of the raw material, and creates a unique narrative for every product.
“The materials I use belong, in my point of view, to the same family, they speak the same language; wood, metal, leather, rock and cement. With full profiles, that allows sharp clean edges”. The steel frame appears in almost all of the items and is transformed into a consistent slender graphic line drawn in space.
Nachson evolves the classic technics he has learned from his father with new modern technics thanks to the availability of computer-based technologies. All the while, Nachshon puts the handy work and craftsmanship at the forefront of his creations. The designer’s furniture reveals a minimalistic approach and a graphic appearance which allows, through sophisticated fine details, to compliment different surroundings.
Nachshon’s work is produced in-house for private, residential or office projects and exhibited in local galleries like Gloria Mundi and Saga. Nachshon is also creating one-of-a-kind pieces for the new luxurious Vera Hotel. All the materials—such as solid European Oak wood—seem to be floating over expressive light based frames which correspond to the art on the walls.
The designer’s role models include great architects and furniture designers like Charles and Ray Eams, Jean Prouvé and Thomas Heatherwick. Today, Tomer Nachshon is also a teacher of architectural planning and interior design courses at the Israel Institute of Technology. He believes “architecture is a big umbrella that covers many areas of design” and continues to prove himself by innovating and creating furniture that elaborates and transforms spaces.
Photos courtesy of Tomer Nachshon.