• Hanukiyah Rainbow

    Hanukiyah Rainbow

  • dreidle 1

    dreidle 1

  • dreidle 2

    dreidle 2

  • dreidle 3

    dreidle 3


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Presidental Decoration

  • The Presidential Meddal

    My Design Concept and the Model Rationaley design presents a novel approach to traditional objects. Most of my designs contain dynamic elements that encourage the user to touch and operate them. My works are based on the desire to create a meeting point between traditional and modern worlds while featuring minimalistic, clean lines. I use silver, aluminum, titanium and other materials in my compositions.hen I was requested to design the Presidential Citation, I thought of how to merge Israeli initiative with the strong stature of the citation.nitially I tried to understand what the citation recipient symbolized. A person who has left a mark, who has raised the splendor of the State of Israel, or who has made a unique contribution to the world, who is an example of enterprising � who inspires us all. This person is a trailblazer, showing us the right direction. Through his acts, he creates the model to which society aspires. Through his knowledge, actions, creativity and innovativeness, others are inspired and navigated their own way.n my various designs I combine contemporary thinking and tradition with a view to the future. Here too, the world of associations has led me to primordial thinking: what directed us before and after inventing technology? What showed us the way?. Over the years people chose their direction based on the North Star and the celestial map leading to it. Using the star, they could navigate in the dark. The North Star, besides his apparent technical function as a navigator, he constituted a symbol and an expression of what is the right way and where everyone aspires to.fter this, I wanted to define what symbolized the renewal of the state and the strong connection between past, present and future. The motif that constantly arose was that of the menorah, which symbolizes Israel’s eternal fire that will never burn out. The purpose of the menorah in the temple was to illuminate the light of wisdom, culture and renewal - one of the main emphases of awarding this citation. The menorah is designed with minimalistic lines and a twist that differs but respects the traditional original menorah design.hen I came to combine the two elements – the North Star and the menorah, I saw the Ursa Minor constellation (combined in the archetypically Israeli Eilat stone), leading to the North Star. In my design, the North Star serves as the eternal flame in the menorah, thus symbolizing that the true direction is the direction (goal) leading by the menorah. In addition, the lines of the constellation incorporate the stems of the menorah and constitute its base. The combination of the two motifs forms the necessary dialog between creation in the Land of Israel and universal trends.he citation is headed by the quote “head and shoulders above the crowd” (1 Samuel 9:2).he full verse reads: “a choice and goodly man, and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he appeared above all the people”his highlights the unique features of those who will be awarded the citation.
  • Meeting the President

    Meeting the President
  • Meeting the President

    Meeting the President
  • Meeting the President

    Meeting the President

About Yossi

About the designer

Yossi Matityahu (1972-), graduated from The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem,1999.In my design I present an innovative approach towards traditional Jewish objects. My artwork contains dynamic elements, the effect of it is the will to touch or operate the design.My designs are drawn from the desire to create a meeting point between tradition and the means of modern world. It is characterized by clean and minimalist lines. For the purpose of my work I use silver, aluminum, titanium and other metals, or materials.The nature of our modern life is of high speed and ambitiousness, the house in fact becomes a fortress in which we seek to create a calming environment, a haven from every day life. Therefore furniture and accessories is devoted in creating such an atmosphere. An atmosphere of comfort and ease inside the house, while still pleasant to the eye and hand. The tendency is towards a worm, intimate design. Never the less, there is an assumption that sees the house as a representative and the creator of our reality. The belief that every item inside the house affects us on an energetic level as much as it does on the aesthetic level.Tradition is the keystone, the very foundation of progress. A contemporary design does not eliminate the previous ones, but rather builds another level. When I come to design Judaica, I picture the educated, updated, Renaissance man who knows his way in contemporary design along with a strong connection to the culture and heritage of our Jewish ancestors. When such person decorates his household, his "sacred palace", he wishes it to reflect his personality along with his culture. He no longer sees Judaism as ancient history, but rather as an eminent part of his life, full of substance and meaning. That is, in my eyes, Judaism which respect and cherish the heritage of the generation before us, which does not destroys the past, however imbibes from it by building another stature of meaning. 

The designer's  statement

Through my design, I attempt to create a meeting point between the perception of Judaica as an antiquated field of art and the modern elements of design which include movement and minimalism. My process begins with the study of the original meaning of a particular ritual and the role of the object used. After this examination, I begin the work of designing a utilitarian artifact with my primary source of influence being contemporary day-to-day life. The modern viewer then has a deeper understanding and connection to the artifact which might be lost with a more dated design.

Shows & Awards

1997 - Romi Shapira Prize for Judaica.
1998 Museum for Israeli Art, ARTIC exhibition, Ramat Gan (Folding Passover Plate).
2000 - Museum of Italian Jewish Art, Jerusalem (Folding Passover Plate).
2001 - Skirball cultural center, Museum,Los Angeles (Hanukiya).
2004 -Temple Emanuel Museum, Huston (Hanukiya).
2009 - Rothschild Prize chosen to be one of the ten finalists.
2010 - Museum of Beit Hatfusot, JUDAICA TWIST exhibition, Tel - Aviv
2010 Book of the 500 leading Judaica artists, by Larks Books.
2011 ISRAEL MUSEUM, Jerusalem, Mayim Achronim.
2014 YAFFO MUSEUM, Tel Aviv, Hanukia rainbow, Hanukiya ha maalot