Craft & Bloomby Camea Smith | 28.11.18
Craft & Bloom is a design studio founded by Emma and Ofer Shahar. The husband and wife duo are renowned for their thoughtful use of local materials and their focus on craftsmanship. While designing their private home or crafting custom projects for individuals, stores and companies, the duo maintain their innovative approach to design, demonstrating their keen eye for detail and integrating natural elements and manmade objects.
The studio’s latest project – the design of the newly opened Opa restaurant – has garnered both local and global attention. The restaurant, co-designed by C&B with the architect Vered Kadouri, is located in the bustling Levinsky market in south Tel-Aviv. Opa is the studio’s first wide scale creative consultancy project, and the Shahars accompanied chef Shirel Berger in an all encompassing experience – from logo design, to picking the paper for the menus and on to the material choices, finishes and interior design for the restaurant.
The studio’s minimal and elegant design aesthetic led the couple to choose a combination of glass and dry wall, installing a large skylight that floods the space with sunlight during the day time. The walls are finished with natural plaster, bringing out the beauty and texture of the material itself. The locally sourced materials include Hevron stone hand cut just outside of the city, decorative lights made by a local craftsman in Jaffa and ceramic tableware and vases created by local ceramicists.
Another recent project of the couple was the design of their Jaffa home. They partnered with the architect Sammy Shalom Knafo to create a mix & match feel with a classic approach – crafting their own furniture and adding vintage pieces that they hand picked in NYC. After designing their own home, the Shahars felt ready to move on to their next personal project: the Muskoka cabin, built on Emma’s mother’s property in Muskoka County, Canada.
The cabin in the woods gave the duo the opportunity to experiment in architecture in a small scale and was designed by the couple to serve as a beautiful hideaway for a writing or yoga retreat. Staying true to their fundamental modus operandi – favouring local materials – the exterior of the hut was built from a burnt Cedar tree and the interior was constructed from birch wood. The cabin’s natural finishes and minimalist allure embody C&B’s aim of seamlessly combining organics, DIY and design.