Strong believer of change, New York-based but with Tel Aviv roots, Dror Benshetrit seeks galvanisation amongst designers. Regardless creative industries – design, architecture, art, and even fashion he yearns to catalyse change collectively. Known to quiz the media and critics about design being a disruptor, he himself often work across disciplines, drawing on unconventional work methods for his idea-driven practice. His forte, in particular, is in designing objects that seem to involve movement – elegant items that flip, fold or transform into another form.
For furniture-maker Capellini, there have been the Peacock chair (2009), with a striking form composed of folded felt resembling the plume of a peacock, and the roto-molded plastic Tron chair (2010), with its asymmetrical form depicting the digital landscape of Walt Disney’s Tron Legacy movie. More recent works have broken out from the confines of an interior space: Unveiled this year at Brancott Estate winery in New Zealand, is the monumental sculpture Under/standing, which began as a flat matrix of CorTen steel that is stretched open to become a nine-metre-tall volume of aggregated triangulations. And over at Istanbul’s previously inaccessible Galataport, his design practice Studio Dror together with architectural firm Gensler are in the midst of returning 650,000sqft of coastline to the community by moving its cruise terminal underground.
Named in Wallpaper* magazine’s Power 200, fans of his work can find his designs as part of the permanent collection of museums in North America, Middles East and parts of Europe.