An after-hours visit to a place that is usually crowded and full of life − such as an empty school corridor − holds a special charm. It’s an almost voyeuristic experience, as if you’re finding the place naked. The same can be said about lifeguard stations, which, along with paddleball on the beach and watermelon, are such a powerful symbol of the good old Israeli summer. But in winter they just seem out of context.
Once upon a time the lifeguard stations were modest little huts, the stronghold of the average 1970s Israeli male − suntanned, smoking, in need of nothing more than the sea and a few hot chicks to impress. Over the years they have grown to a degree that some might rightly wonder: Why do lifeguards in other countries get along just fine with a tall chair reached by a ladder, while the Israeli lifeguard has to be ensconced in a villa?
Their size and comfort will soon prove quite advantageous. A special project by a group of designers in conjunction with the municipality and the Atlas hotel chain is about to give them a context: In the winter of 2012, the lifeguard shacks on Bograshov Beach in Tel Aviv will be transformed into a boutique hotel.
The Pixel Hotel chain − whose rooms are not situated in a single building but are scattered about (like pixels) around the city − originated in Linz, Austria, as an urban art project by a group of local architects including Sabine Funk, Michael Grugl, Jurgen Haller, Christian Leeb, Richard Steger and Christoph Weidinger. The idea behind the project is to use city spaces that stand empty, either temporarily or permanently, by turning them into isolated guest rooms (pixels) designed to mesh with their environment.
While tourists in an ordinary hotel pass through a number of areas − like lobby and hallways − on the way to their rooms, the Pixel-dweller emerges directly from his unique room into the city. For example, tourists in Linz can stay on a boat docked at the port on the river or in a courtyard that used to be a carpentry shop.
Following the success of the project, its Austrian creators decided to try it elsewhere. The Tel Aviv Pixel team, which includes architect, artist and designer Lilach Chitayat, artist and designer Anat Safran, and visual artist and broadcast designer Alon Chitayat, hold the rights to stage the project in Israel. In the future, they hope to establish Pixels at Jaffa Port, Gan Hahashmal, the Tahana compound, Neveh Tzedek and in water towers in Tel Aviv and other cities. Here’s hoping that this lovely artistic initiative for cultural tourism isn’t exploited to negative effect, and that we won’t end up having to rescue the lifeguard shack.
Lenny apparently he told his friends that his next target is a visit to Israel, gossip blogs in the holy land suggest. Kravitz may arrive within the next few months, but to much disappointment of his Israeli fans it’s not going to be a professional visit, but a personal vacation.
Kravitz identifies himself as a Christian, “through choice but I’m also a Jew, it’s all the same to me”. During another interview Kravitz stated, “I’m half Jewish, I’m half black, I look in-between.”
Also, Check out our previous post “Hebro Lenny Kravitz shows off his Hebrew“
She’s become known for dressing down in recent months, usually going casual in loose jeans and tracksuit bottoms.
But now Katie Holmes has proved that when it comes to being sexy, she can still pull it out the bag.
The 33-year-old actress is seen going topless in a series of sexy and sultry new campaign for jeweller H. Stern.
Showcasing a pretty necklace, and not much else, Katie looks seductively into the camera as her long brown hair blows out around her.
In another shot, mother-of-one Katie is seen writhing around in the sand, advertising a pretty chain bracelet.
Katie is also seen displaying her stunning figure in a sexy black one-piece, going for the wet look with her hair slicked back to show off her model-like bone structure.
While the adverts, Katie’s third campaign for H. Stern, are currently only running in Israel, they are set to hit America this autumn.
Katie, who is married to Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise, has been concentrating more on her modelling career after her latest acting offering in The Kennedys was panned by critics.
As well as her campaigns for H. Stern, Katie has also been modelling for Ann Taylor for their spring 2011 campaign.
And in a recent interview, Katie said she is looking forward to a varied future.
She explained: ‘I feel ready… for the next chapter of my life. I’m excited to begin a new phase; roles I might have been afraid to play before, places I want to travel with my daughter.
‘I’d like to build the design business. But not too fast.’
We are proud to finally open our men’s section here on Dreed*Tea together with our new fashion savvy contributer, Rani Mishaan. Rani explains to us the difference when shopping as a man in his most frequented shop Heavens on Shenkin Street.
With these simple tips from Rani, we can guarantee your shopping will be fun, easy, and manageable.
We know it’s a pain in the ass to shop if you are man, but face it- your mom won’t shop for you or buy your underwear anymore, and your girlfriend is not a replacement to your mom either. So take your power back and be a man who knows how to dress and shop!
So enjoy shopping again and take a tour with Rani as he shops at Heavens which carries good fabrics and stellar brands such as: Nudie, Skotch & Soda, LOFT and elegant footwear. It’s where you go to invest in quality items that will last years and always look in style.
A 1,500-year-old seal with the image of the seven-branched Temple Menorah has been discovered near the city of Acre.
The ceramic stamp, which dates from the Byzantine period in the 6th century CE, was found during ongoing Israel Antiquities Authority excavations at Horbat Uza, east of Acre, which are being undertaken before the construction of the Acre-Carmiel railroad track.
It is thought the stamp was used to mark baked goods, and is known as a “bread stamp.”
“A number of stamps bearing an image of a menorah are known from different collections. The Temple Menorah, being a Jewish symbol par excellence, indicates the stamps belonged to Jews, unlike Christian bread stamps with the cross pattern which were much more common in the Byzantine period,” said Gilad Jaffe and Dr. Danny Syon, the directors of the excavation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority,
According to the excavation directors, this was the first time that a stamp of this kind has been found in a controlled archaeological excavation, meaning that it is possible to determine where it comes from and when it was made.
“The stamp is important because it proves that a Jewish community existed in the settlement of Uza in the Christian-Byzantine period. The presence of a Jewish settlement so close to Acre – a region that was definitely Christian at this time – constitutes an innovation in archaeological research,” Syon said.
“Due to the geographical proximity of Horbat Uza to Acre, we can speculate that the settlement supplied kosher baked goods to the Jews of Acre in the Byzantine period,” Jaffe and Syon added.
Horbat Uza is a small rural settlement where other archaeological finds, a Shabbat lamp and jars with menorah patterns painted on them, have alluded to it having been a Jewish settlement.
The stamp bears the image of a seven-branched menorah, and the handle of the stamp is engraved with Greek letters. According to Dr. Leah Di Segni of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, this is probably the name Launtius, which was common among Jews of the period and has appeared on other Jewish bread stamps.
“This is probably the name of the baker from Horbat Uza,” Jaffe and Syon said.