Israeli designer Tzuri Gueta navigates a path between art and science. Trained in textile design and engineering at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan,Israel, his work focuses on the aesthetic interaction between the maker, the medium,and the method. By combining silicone—his material of choice due to its exceptional properties of strength and flexibility—with openwork textiles, Gueta developed a technique of blowing silicone into lace, which was patented in 2005. Expertise in textiles precipitated an interest in jewelry that questions the boundary between clothing and accessory. Informed by undersea plant life, the large works are surprisingly lightweight, versatile, and easy to wear. Gueta believes silicone to be an ideal material for jewelry, as it hugs the body’s contours, absorbs heat, and is pleasantly tactile.
Since 1997, Gueta has lived and worked in Paris. In addition to hand crafting all of his one-of- a-kind jewels, he collaborates on both jewelry and fabrics with numerous iconic fashion houses like Chanel, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dior, and Yiqing Yin. Gueta has been the recipient of several awards and honors, such as the City of Paris Grand Prix de la Création (2009); “Les Découvertes” at Maison & Objects, a prominent trade fair held annually in Paris (2010); “Le Créateur” from Fondation des Ateliers d’Art de France, an organization dedicated to diverse craft practices (2011); and the “Andy Prize,” Israel (2010). He has been the subject of several exhibitions, including a solo show, SI51, awarded to him in conjunction with the “Andy Prize,” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2010); “Noces Végétales,” at the Jardin des Plantes greenhouses located in the botanical garden of the National Museum of Natural History, Paris (2013); and “Double Je” at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016). Gueta also designs jewelry and costume for films, such as Beauty and the Beast (Belgium, 2013); The Three Musketeers (Russia, 2013); and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Germany, 2017).