Shahar Livne

Shahar Livne (1989, Israel) is an award winning conceptual material designer located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where she graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017.

Livne’s lifelong fascinations in nature, biology, science, and philosophy developed into intuitive material experimentation way of work during her degree studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Shahar’s body of work focuses on conceptual material research in a multi-leveled methodology, bringing to life unique stories through objects and installations centered around materials as carriers of narratives.

Some of Livne’s projects deal with obscure materials such as blood, man-made fossils, crystallization and more. Her projects starting points are often stories about places, cultures, and relations with resources in the past, present, and future. Currently, she presents her work internationally, whilst at the same time creating new research projects as an autonomous designer, curator, educator and as collaborator with different companies and institutes. In the past these have included fashion house Balenciaga, Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum New York, footwear brand Nat-2 and others.

She has presented her work in many different countries and has received numerous awards such as the Dezeen Awards Emerging design studio of the year 2020.

Project in Arita

  • Title : Material Research
  • Period of Residency : September - November
  • Sponsor : Creative Industries Fund

As a material designer, Shahar Livne will start her research at the Izumiyama quarry in Arita where the first porcelain stone was mined in Japan. Besides the clay and its iron ore impurities, she will look into the traditional use of Seihakuji, and the science behind this pale blue glaze. By talking to local curators and specialists about the history and geology of the clay and glaze, she aims to come to a design concept that is considerate of both the Japanese philosophy of aesthetics as well as the Western field of sustainable material use.