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#03 THE DESIGNER NITZAN COHEN

NITZAN COHEN

As a boy, Nitzan Cohen’s favourite toy was his technical Lego set, which he would spend hours with creating elaborate buildings and miniature furniture, dreaming of a life less spartan than his familial kibbutz. When he outgrew Lego, theatre provided the young Israeli with his first foray into the visual arts. He worked first as a sound engineer before progressing to set design. ‘Through the theatre I fell in love with the notion of creating and defining spaces and influencing the people in and around them,’ he says.

While studying applied art at Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, the next door furniture factory subtly influenced his future. ‘I didn’t know it at the time, but the smells and sounds of the factory held a special charm for me.’ Combining the dual disciplines of interiors and industrial design, Cohen’s Munich studio now works on projects for homes, workspaces, household items and exhibition spaces.

‘We’re always busy with furniture and spaces, but I’m particularly interested in strategies, art direction and creating design concepts for companies,’ says Cohen, whose clients include BMW, Diesel, Mattiazzi, and Bree. ‘As a designer, I am always asking questions and I try to translate the answers to those questions into visuals.’

As seen in Wallpaper*,
Photographer Christian Kain

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#03 PORTFOLIO GALLERY

INDUSTRIAL AGE

‘As a designer, I am always asking questions and I try and translate the answers to those questions into visuals.’

NITZAN COHEN

MATERIAL WORLD

Cohen’s desk with models, sketches and some of the tools of his trade. He finds the mix of technical and material elements involved in making a watch fascinating.

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#03 INSPIRATION GALLERY

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Café Crème
Munich, Germany

Cohen begins his day at Café Crème, a tiny bakery in Munich’s Glockenbach district. It only seats seven or eight people and serves as the perfect place for five minutes of contemplation before the working day.

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Roecklplatz
Munich, Germany

Cohen likes to take his team to lunch at this Munich restaurant. It’s the first interior that he designed. Cohen explains ‘it feels like a second home’ and provides the perfect place to discuss ideas with his young team.

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Cohen’s studio
Munich, Germany

‘I appreciate the quality of work of everything that surrounds me. The expertise in making a watch, for instance, is fascinating. The graphics are complex but classic. The way the materials combine – the mix of a silk strap with a titanium case – is brilliant. I’m fascinated by that kind of material and technical combination.’

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Cohen’s studio
Munich, Germany

Left: Christien Meindertsma’s book PIG 05049 that catalogues all the products made from a single pig. Each page shows a different product at its true scale (1:1). Top right: Japanese Manga book. Bottom right: Muji’s replication of the Manga book

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Sports

We try to finish work at 6pm or 7pm, but it’s often later. When I’m not working, I enjoy sport. Munich is well positioned for all sorts of mountain activities. If I have a free 45 minutes, I’ll go swimming or jogging. If I have four hours, I’ll go climbing.

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#03 TUDOR MODERN CLASSIC

TUDOR CRAFT

Tudor’s new ‘Heritage Advisor’ is a finely engineered example of classic horological design, drawing inspiration from the brand’s past, but bringing a modernist’s eye to its most iconic models. Dauphine hands and bevelled hour markers are set off by a characteristically shaped red alarm hand, while a black fabric strap with raised rows of interwoven silk brings an innovative contrast of materials to the whole design.
Tudor’s Heritage Advisor is the epitome of complex and classic design - an aesthetic that is shared in Cohen’s design work.

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#04 THE CHEF CHRISTOPHE DUFAU

#05 THE GLASS ARTIST J. M. WINTREBERT

#06 THE PERFUMER BEN GORHAM

#07 THE JEWELLER JORDAN ASKILL

#08 THE ARTIST MIKE PERRY

#09 THE MIXOLOGIST MATT WHILEY

#10 THE FLORAL ARTIST AZUMA MAKOTO

#01 THE TAILOR PATRICK GRANT

#02 THE ENGINEER CHARLES MORGAN