About Rona - TEST PAGE
Rona is the creative director, designer and founder at both kukka brand and kukka studio.
Tel-Aviv born, graduated in Milan with Master in Industrial Design from the The Scuola Politecnica di Design under the direction of Nino Di Salvatore. Rona started her career in Milan where she worked in different design consultancies designing products for Italian brands. In 2001 after 6 years in Milan, Rona moved to London where she worked at Isometrix lighting & design with Arnold Chan, as a senior product designer and project manager. Rona worked on international projects specializing in designing bespoke made luminaries. She has worked alongside architects including Zaha Hadid, Herzog De Meuron, Tadao Ando, Philippe Starck, Powson, liaigre and more to mention. Her designs can be seen at Hotel Puerta America, Marimoto, Buddakan and Yauatch restaurants, Hudson hotel, Walker art centre, and private yachts and residential projects.
In 2008 Rona established kukka studio, a multi-disciplinary design laboratory. The studio made its first appearance during Salone del mobile in Milan with Nur collection and the iconic DIY lamp.
Later that same year, Rona was approached by Fiera Milano to feature her work in the second edition book ‘BOX 40/2’ - about emerging young designers under 40 and their contribution to Italian companies. following that, The British consulate in Milan has invited Rona to exhibit her works under the curation of Sir Paul Smith in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, an exhibition that celebrates 100 years of British design.
Rona brings her knowledge to kukka studio in designing products and working on commissions and projects. Latest projects include Gramophone Lights and Project Thirty Four. The studio, underpinned by creative stimulation, specializes in experimenting with materials, manufacturing methods and technology.
In 2010, Rona established kukka brand under which her products are exhibited and sold worldwide.
Rona’s client list includes La Rinascente, The Conran Shop, Paul Smith, De Padova, Aviv Group, Rothschild Hotel and Caesarstone.
Scroll below for details of Rona's exhibitions, lectures, workshops and awards, achievements.
2017 - Spectra Blinds at Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv
2017 - Blocks at Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv
2016 Spectra – Frame magazine – Salone del mobile
2015 Caesarstone UK installation - Super brands , Tent - London
2015 19 Greek street - The art of progress - London
2015 Salone del mobile – designjunction - Milan
2015 Salone del mobile – URBO - Milan
2015 Maison et Objet
2014 Gallery Joseph – Paris design week
2014 DesignSpace & Caesarstone – Zeva Tari TLV
2014 The Green Room at Design Junction – Salone Del Mobile, Palazzo
2013 Design Junction – London Design Festival, The sorting o_ce WC1
2012 Design Junction – London Design Festival, The sorting o_ce WC1
2012 DesignSpace – TLV, Israel
2011 HiddenArt – London Design Festival – Earls Court
2011 Design Junction – London Design Festival – London WC1
2011 Shoplifters/Habitat - Habitat headquarters, Israel
2010 La Rinascente Design Supermarket – Salone Del Mobile Milan
2009 D:sign – Museum quarter Vienna
2009 100% design Tokyo - DesignBoom
2009 Palazzo Reale -Galleria Di Arte Moderna – Milano Salone del mobile
British Design Embassy – curated by Paul Smith & Moroso
2009 MACEF - Milan
2008 Our Eco shop – Notting Hill, London
2008 Lighten-Up – Newcastle design week
2008 Lighten-Up – London design week – Earls Court
2007 Right_here satellite exhibition – Vienna design weeks
2007 Napkin project – The gallery soho. www.napkinproject.co.uk
2007 designersblock at the Milan Salone del mobile – Studio Romeo Gigli
2003 'The wall the chair and in-between' design exhibition - Nirlat, Tel Aviv
2001 Pausa – Milan salone del mobile – Galleria Antonio Battaglia
1997 The Human Senses, Re-action group – Spazio Quid – Milan
Lectures & Workshops
2017 ICFF - New York Design Week - “Designers in the Middle” discussion panel
2016 Rihutim, 'Spectrum', Tel Aviv, IL
2016 Design Museum – London Design Festival “Designers in the Middle” discussion panel
2016 Domaine du Boisbuchet - FR
2016 ILGBC (Israeli Green Building Council) - IL
2015 OT Haitzuv Design Award - IL
2014 Holon institute of design and technology - IL
2009 Plymouth University – UK
Awards & achievements
2015 Shortlisted - WIN award - Cubo Light
2015 Finalist - Ot Haitzuv – 22Rothschild
2014 Finalist - Ot Haitzuv – 3E
2008 Recognition of excellence in design from the Israeli government
2007 Winner - Rosehearty Yacht (Best Lighting design Award 2007)
2006 Winner - Hotel Puerta America –FX design award 2006
2005 Winner - Yawatcha restaurant London – best lighting design award
2005 WinnerHotel Puerta America – best lighting design award
2004 Shortlisted for H2O macef design award.
1998 Mention prize, Plastiline - Milan