Hook n’ Loop Design is a studio for modern and minimalist home-ware with just a dash of whimsy and a high-dose of functionality, making the items perfect for uncompromising trendsetters. Elisheva Manekin, the founder and product designer for the studio, is inspired by living in a small space (her family caravan).
Her studio arose from the need for versatile design that does the job well and can then be stored flatly, easily and space-efficiently. Even though that “modern and minimal” usually means a lot of black and white, the studio appreciates pops of color.
Her designs are effortless, and can be mix and matched!
Name: Elisheva Manekin
Location: A small (70 families) community in a very rural part of Israel, in the south, called Shekef, about an hour from Tel Aviv.
EAT: There are no local restaurants nearby (although we do have a pizzeria) BUT because this is an agricultural area of mostly vineyards, there is a sort of truck stop. It belongs to my neighbor. Basically every morning he sets out to a nice opening in one of the fields by the main road with a small house shaped trailer attached to his truck. He makes the best Hummus ever! He also sells Shakshuka (an Israeli dish with eggs and tomato sauce that you scoop up with Pita) and Sabich (hardboiled eggs and eggplant with hummus in a Pita). Everything he makes is very fresh, often spicy and always delicious.
SEE: Because we live in a remote area, we do a lot of driving. My husband and I are originally from Jerusalem, so we visit our parents there a lot. The city recently renovated the train tracks that used to go through the city into a park (similar to The High Line in Chelsea, NY). We love to go there with our two children (5 year old boy /3 year old girl) and ride our bikes. At the end of the park they renovated the old station with cafes and a small organic market. They often have outdoor shows – it’s really lovely.
SHOP: I absolutely love bakeries! My favorite bakery would be one called Lechamim (לחמים means breads in Hebrew) – they make the best everything! I think they recently opened a branch in NYC – so you should definitely check it out.
DO: I have to say, what I honestly enjoy the most is watching TV. I catch all the shows from the USA online, and Project Runway is definitely a favorite. Magazines come next – anything design related – from Elle Décor UK to Domino to Marie Claire Maison.
INSPIRE: I love solving problems with design. Most of my ideas come from problems I have in my own life at home – mainly lack of space. I think about new products all of the time, and literally can’t sleep until I figure it out.
Elisheva knows the feeling of finding something you love, and getting excited about having people over to show them your new purchase. She hopes you’ll find something to obsess over at Hook n’ Loop Design! Drop her line.
Sylvie is the girlfriend of a work colleague of mine. She also happens to be a budding girl crush. This is based on a bevy of reasons, not the least of which is her ability to rock thick frames ala a Warby Parker advertisement, our shared love of Bengal kitties, and her penchant for purple hair as if it were an organic coiffure color. Friendships have been built on less. Although her day job is involves publishing, her superhero power is actually photography. An unnamed baby name site also tells me that the name Sylvie is a variant of a latin name which means “forest” – so I feel like there’s also something elvish and deep to be said there…
Name: Sylvie Rosokoff
Location: New York, New York
Job: Associate Director of Foreign Rights at a literary agency by weekday,
Photographer extraordinare by weekend
Let’s get to know the woman who dons a floral crown as naturally as if she were Lana Del Ray, or an actual wildflower patch in Norway.
EAT: I love Candle 79 on the Upper East Side for their all-vegan menu, especially the brunch choices–their BBQ seitan sandwich is my favorite way to kick off Sunday afternoon. Closer to home, I visit Spiga on the Upper West Side as often as I can for some of the best homemade pastas I’ve ever tasted, and amazing service to boot.
SEE: I want to explore more of Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights; I recently shot a wedding there, and its quirky architecture and multicolored foliage were almost an autumn cliché–in the best possible way! Also, the old photobooth in the lobby of the ACE Hotel in “NoMad,” a newly-named neighborhood north of Madison Ave, where I work. It takes credit cards!
Babies, dancing, rococo architecture, cookies and ribbons.
SHOP:Greenwich Letterpress in the West Village for paper products; Adorama in the Flatiron District for camera gear and rentals.
Which do you prefer: the city, the mountains or the beach?
DO:Reading for work and pleasure; walking with no destination in mind, usually accompanied by comedy podcasts; scouting locations and brainstorming ideas for future photoshoots.
The Sun, The Snow, The Clouds, The Bricks. Bricks are a form of weather, no?
INSPIRE:When I showed a colleague my photos from a recent work trip, he said “I don’t remember London as being that colorful, but now I will!” THAT’S what inspires me! I want to show everyone little things, probably colorful things, they otherwise would have missed.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Icarus, my polydactyl bobtail bengal cat, who’s the subject of many a photo these days and who looks dashing in a bow tie.
In conclusion, Sylvie is wildly talented and should absolutely be hired as your next professional photographer – even if the shoot is simply mundane – she will find the details which make the world radiant.
Candace and I first met in middle school, at an after-school program called STEP (Special Talented Enrichment Program) Music Theater. We both loved singing, particularly anything by Jonathan Larson, Eric Whitacre or Jason Robert Brown. We performed alongside one another for over six years in everything from Latin chorales, French lullabies, pop duets, madrigals and more! We both also hold a fondness for Nintendo, but that sort of nerdom can go into another post.
Name: Candace TomkielCity: Old City, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaOccupation: SEO Account Manager at Razorfish HealthwareAge: 26
And as part of my ongoing EAT/SEE/SHOP/DO series, I asked Candace to come up with a short list of her Philadelphia favorites. Let’s delve into the city of brotherly love!
EAT: Oh god there’s too many. I’m going to go with Wedge & Fig (great brunch!) but I could do a story just about food in Philly and how amazing it is.
SEE: I’m going to go with the Ben Franklin Bridge – I can see it from my condo and I love running across it too (it’s 4 miles for me to run from my condo over the bridge to NJ and back). There’s something kind of nice about being able to see the way to get to one’s home state from one’s new house!
Photograph of Reading Terminal by Jared Kofsky.
SHOP: IT’S A TIE! Between the Italian Market and Reading Terminal Market. Fresh veggies, cheese, fish, meat etc. I just love both markets, they remind me so much of markets in Italy or Spain!
DO: I already said this in SEE but I love running in Philly, across the Ben Franklin Bridge or to Kelly Drive. Gorgeous views of Philly on both routes. I also love going to Karaoke on Tuesdays/Quizzo on Wednesdays at National Mechanics – National Mechanics is actually a fairly historic building that was originally built as a bank in 1837.
INSPIRE: The people around me are who really inspire me. As such, I try to surround myself with friends and family as much as I can, whether it’s mentoring new co-workers, hosting dinner parties at my condo, or organizing events with my alumni club.
Do you have any friends that remind you of Candace? Let’s MEET & GREET them!