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Aviad Petel

Issue 60 Apr / May 2011


For Israeli designer Aviad Petel there is a kind of inevitability in the way he has ended up working with light. “I come from a long line of gifted craftsmen - especially on my fathers’ side,” he says. “It dates back as far as 200 years: my great-great-grandfather, who was a simple craftsman, would manually make wicks for early lighting sources by braiding strips of cotton.”

For Israeli designer Aviad Petel there is a kind of inevitability in the way he has ended up working with light. “I come from a long line of gifted craftsmen - especially on my fathers’ side,” he says. “It dates back as far as 200 years: my great-great-grandfather, who was a simple craftsman, would manually make wicks for early lighting sources by braiding strips of cotton.”

He goes on to explain that the name Petel can be variously translated in Hebrew as both ‘wick’ and ‘bending’. “It seems as if my creative path, my passion to manipulate materials, forms, to turn them in to three-dimensional objects, my passion for lighting – they are all already somehow rooted in my surname,” he says.

Petel graduated from Israel’s Holon Institute of Technology in 2005 before working as an industrial designer at a number of leading Israeli lighting and furniture design companies. Here he was able to explore a range of natural materials, but increasingly he became drawn to the use of wood veneers. He became fascinated by their rich textures and colours and by the possibilities they presented.

After establishing his own studio in 2008, he concentrated on finding innovative ways of using these materials. The result is his 1” Collection, a series of ribbed luminaires, ammonite-like in their organic-geometric forms. The first of these is a pendant light, handmade from 99 one-inch strips of ultrathin wood veneer, individually stitched between struts of metal and protected by a coating to ensure longevity and ease of cleaning. Illuminated from within, the wood fibres create a warm inviting glow.

The collection continues to expand; Petel has already created a standard lamp version of the 99” as well as cut down table and wall mounted versions dubbed 33”. The latter, a partial segment of its larger sibling, can be angled to funnel light in whatever direction is desired.

“The endless possibilities of lighting as a design element itself never cease to amaze me, which is why I am focusing on lighting at this point of my creative path,” he says. “I am particularly interested in developing my work towards custom specifications for the hospitality, residential and leisure sectors with architects and interior designers alike.”

Petel will be participating at a number of solo and group design exhibitions in 2011 both in Israel and Europe.

www.aviadpetel.com

 

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