8.12.10

The Jewish Museum (Last Night Of Hanukkah)

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah and what a wonderful eight days it has been.  The last night is always my favorite night because the menorah's are gorgeous and the mood is calm.

The Jewish Museum in New York sells a beautiful collection Judaic object d'art.   They have procured some amazing designers that have made beautiful pieces for sale in both their Museum shop and online shop.  Several of their works are also featured as part of the museums permanent collection.

Jonathan Adler 
This dreidle by ceramic artist Jonathan Adler- features contemporarily-designed, polished nickel Hebrew letters on a luxe, brightly colored enamel background-

Richard Meier
A celebrated architect who contributed to The Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona- designed this menorah with each candle holder representing a historical Jewish event.  
For example the first five candle holders represent locations of Jewish exodus from Egypt, Roman Palestine, France, England and Spain and the rest signify the violence they had to bear including the horrific concentration camps.
He also used the same concept to design mezuzas: 
Mezuza's are traditionally placed on the doorpost of Jewish homes and hold a small piece of parchment paper with biblical inscriptions- 

Adam D. Tihany





Designer Adam D. Tihany has designed a very modern and stylish collection of Judaica, produced by the skillful hands of Christofle Silver for The Jewish Museum. Tihany’s two identical candlesticks, used to begin each Sabbath and festival, are designed to be placed together to form a unified whole: two uplifted palms. 
I also love these Hanukkah plates which feature images of menorahs from the 17th century- 
For today- the last night- all Hanukkah items are 20% off.

http://shop.thejewishmuseum.org/jmuseum

16 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Such great pieces. That menorah is possibly the coolest I've ever seen.

dotblogg said...

I love the plates:) They are such a smart mix of history and present:)

have a great day!
Just

Krystal said...

Those plates are so fun, I love them!

and flowers pick themselves said...

LOVE the dishes!

xo Alison

Mary said...

What lovely pieces. I'm so glad you enjoyed the holiday. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Susan Erickson said...

thanks for sharing your culture....so interesting and beautiful....love the antique menorah's best!

Bo said...

I really like those plates.

ag. said...

Those pieces are so beautiful!

Getrealmommy said...

I have a really beautiful menorah I was so excited to pull out this year, but my boys made their own at preschool and I have to say, they are my very favorite ever :)

Jude said...

So glad it's been a lovely holiday and these are beautiful pieces! I have this museum on my to-do list, for the next time I do a big museum NYC trip (all those scrillion museums are another reason I love that crazy town :))

Drew said...

I adore that menorah but at 1,000 dollars it's going to have to wait until we're not in residency and living in a studio apartment!

Annushka said...

Your blog is very interesting, i love this ART!!!))) Lovely.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

All of these are fabulous! Especially love the Jonathan Adler dreidle.

And so funny that you work for Balmshell! What do you do for them? I work in product development for the past 17 years and I've worked for Revlon, Bath & Body Works and Maybelline to name a few. It's a fabulous industry :)

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Fantastic to see these Contemporary pieces representing history and traditions.
You also introduced me to mezuzas, even though one of my sons go to a wonderful jewish center for school I had not heard of this before.

sherri said...

I love that menorah. and the mezuzas which I didn't know about. thanks for schoolin' me, once again. hope you and your family have had a great hanukkah.

Clair said...

These are impressive pieces. So modern looking. I especially like the plates.
Clair

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