Holidays & Events, Spotlight, Video|April 10, 2011 5:00 PM

Israeli Gastro Gadgets: Inspired Creations from Peleg Designs Make the Perfect Gift

Wine Bottle HolderIsraeli Kitchen Gadgets

Israeli Kitchen Gadgets

Israeli designer Shahar Peleg has the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, thanks to his unique creative sensibility. The interior designer-turned industrial designer has a flair for bringing humor, fun and wit to the most mundane of everyday objects.

Where most people see the humble trivet as nothing more than a functional way of preventing a table or other surface from being damaged, in Peleg’s world, this simple item is transformed into the “Hotman: Iron Red Hot Pot Trivet.” ($24.95) This funny little red guy has no problem taking the heat in his, admittedly laid back, stride.
Another miniature man sacrificing himself for the good of your surfaces is the movie-inspired “Crime Scene Silicon Red Hot Pot Trivet.” ($12.95) Inviting him to dinner will not only prevent any crimes of heat from occurring, but is also sure to get the conversation flowing.
While he adds zest to routine items, Peleg has also turned his attention to more specialized items. In his younger days, Peleg was a devoted magician with a penchant for performing magic tricks for his friends. This passion for sleight of hand, trickery and illusion has found a good outlet in his designs, where not everything is necessarily as it appears to be.

Forget your clunky, old fashioned wine bottle holders. For a more modern take, Peleg Design’s “Chain Link Wine Bottle Holder” ($39.95) has to be seen to be believed. At first glance it appears to be pure magic that a wine bottle could be supported by just a link of nickel-plated iron chain, but, with Peleg’s designs, anything is possible. (In case you are wondering how it’d done, the chain is curved upwards to hold the bottle and uses balance to give the illusion of suspension in mid-air.)

Relying on the magic of magnets, Peleg has created “Magnetic Arrow Book Ends” ($24.95) that work together to keep books straight as an arrow and in tip top shape. While it looks like a case of opposites attract, the secret of the piece is a metal holder hidden in the last book cover. A simple idea stylishly rendered.
Magenetic Illusion Bud Vase Set, Peleg Designs

Magenetic Illusion Bud Vase Set, Peleg Designs

Still working with magnets, Peleg’s anodized aluminum “Magnetic Illusion Bud Vase Set” ($55.95) was born out of a need for an unusual centerpiece at his wedding. Although the holders appear to be completely free-standing, a thin metal base placed under any tablecloth, and strong magnets on the base of the vases, make sure they stay completely upright.

Finally, if you have ever spent time hunting down missing keys, it might be time to get a new friend. “Key Pete,” ($9.95) a magnetic key holder, ensures you know where your keys are all the time; making sure you don’t waste any valuable time on search and rescue missions. Just put them into this magnetic man’s strong hand and let him hang out and do all the hard work for you.
While Peleg’s designs offer innovative, creative and forward-thinking takes on regular objects, one of the hallmarks of his design philosophy is ensuring his creations are affordable and accessible for anyone who wants to buy them. So why not invite one or two little men – or any of the other items in Peleg’s innovative design inventory – in to add color and spark to the kitchen, and to the rest of the home?

Israeli designer Shahar Peleg has the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, thanks to his unique creative sensibility. The interior designer-turned industrial designer has a flair for bringing humor, fun and wit to the most mundane of everyday objects.
Where most people see the humble trivet as nothing more than a functional way of preventing a table or other surface from being damaged, in Peleg’s world, this simple item is transformed into the “Hotman: Iron Red Hot Pot Trivet.” ($24.95) This funny little red guy has no problem taking the heat in his, admittedly laid back, stride.
Another miniature man sacrificing himself for the good of your surfaces is the movie-inspired “Crime Scene Silicon Red Hot Pot Trivet.” ($12.95) Inviting him to dinner will not only prevent any crimes of heat from occurring, but is also sure to get the conversation flowing.
While he adds zest to routine items, Peleg has also turned his attention to more specialized items. In his younger days, Peleg was a devoted magician with a penchant for performing magic tricks for his friends. This passion for sleight of hand, trickery and illusion has found a good outlet in his designs, where not everything is necessarily as it appears to be.
Forget your clunky, old fashioned wine bottle holders. For a more modern take, Peleg Design’s “Chain Link Wine Bottle Holder” ($39.95) has to be seen to be believed. At first glance it appears to be pure magic that a wine bottle could be supported by just a link of nickel-plated iron chain, but, with Peleg’s designs, anything is possible. (In case you are wondering how it’d done, the chain is curved upwards to hold the bottle and uses balance to give the illusion of suspension in mid-air.)
Relying on the magic of magnets, Peleg has created “Magnetic Arrow Book Ends” ($24.95) that work together to keep books straight as an arrow and in tip top shape. While it looks like a case of opposites attract, the secret of the piece is a metal holder hidden in the last book cover. A simple idea stylishly rendered.
Still working with magnets, Peleg’s anodized aluminum “Magnetic Illusion Bud Vase Set” ($55.95) was born out of a need for an unusual centerpiece at his wedding. Although the holders appear to be completely free-standing, a thin metal base placed under any tablecloth, and strong magnets on the base of the vases, make sure they stay completely upright.
Finally, if you have ever spent time hunting down missing keys, it might be time to get a new friend. “Key Pete,” ($9.95) a magnetic key holder, ensures you know where your keys are all the time; making sure you don’t waste any valuable time on search and rescue missions. Just put them into this magnetic man’s strong hand and let him hang out and do all the hard work for you.
While Peleg’s designs offer innovative, creative and forward-thinking takes on regular objects, one of the hallmarks of his design philosophy is ensuring his creations are affordable and accessible for anyone who wants to buy them. So why not invite one or two little men – or any of the other items in Peleg’s innovative design inventory – in to add color and spark to the kitchen, and to the rest of the home?

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