Retro-tastic tees for Purim, designed by Omnivore for The Jewish Museum Shops
JUST IN! Our newest pride and joy, an homage to our fine city: the New York City Water Tower Tzedakah Boxes.
The rustic rooftop water tower, a signature feature of New York City’s skyline, has inspired generations of painters, sculptors, photographers, and filmmakers. From Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, to Rachel Whiteread and Tom Fruin, the “silent sentinels” of our city have ignited artists’ imaginations. Now, Los Angeles-based ceramicist Gaby Tepper has interpreted the water tower’s unique charm and distinctive architectural silhouette in a series of handmade tzedakah boxes. Each box is a one-of-a-kind work of art formed, etched, fired, and finished in Tepper’s studio—a functional sculpture made exclusively for us at The Jewish Museum.
Architect, furniture and product designer, Jonathan Michael Nelson, had no idea what he might create from the walnut tree that fell in his Bucks County, Pennsylvania back yard, but he knew it would one day give him the opportunity to design and build wonderful original products out of this rare and beautiful wood. So he shipped the tree down the road to Ottsville, Pennsylvania to be cut into 2” thick slabs, and then set them up to dry in his barn. Seven years later the gorgeous Hanukkah menorah and dreidel were born (both pictured below).
Jonathan designed this new collection of walnut and copper Judaica, by melding his knowledge of Jewish tradition, gleaned from his Jewish upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, with the modern product design acumen that he developed while studying at the international design school, Domus Academy, in Milan. Working with his talented design assistant and head craftsperson, John Napurano, these products have come to life in exquisite detail.
In Jonathan’s own words, “This project has been a particularly personal one, as it combines my family’s Jewish traditions with wood culled from trees grown on my own Bucks County property.”