Tel-Aviv, Israel
Teddy, 39
Graphic Designer & Photographer
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a bit about Teddy

What are you working on?

I am designing a website for a PR agency called Xhibition and working on their branding. I’m also working with Kaltura, an open-source video platform, on marketing materials. Lastly, I’m working at a startup called Pic-time which is a great platform for photographers from all over the world. I am also about to fly off to Paris for an exhibition I’m participating in, called Experiences art fair. The exhibition includes 75 artists in a huge warehouse building in the middle of Paris for 7 days.

What drives you mad these days?

The fact that I have to work three times harder than my parents to be able to buy an apartment in Israel.

What makes you happy?

The beach, swimming in Gordon Pool, photography, creativity, inspiration.

When was the last time you cried?

I believe it was 5 years ago when my then girlfriend broke up with me. Now we’re best friends. Just kidding, we’re not.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

Wow. A lot. Todd Terje, FKJ, Point Point, Garden City Movement, Ryan Hemsworth, Nicolas Jaar, Giraffage, ODESZA, KAYTRANADA, TA-KU, Bondax, Cashmere Cat, Yarin Lidor, CHVRCHES, Disclosure…

What was the last movie you went to?

Something with climbing the Everest, forgot the name. Wasn’t good.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Acne Studios. Cheap Monday.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

Nechama Vahetzi & Bread & Co.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

The Tayelet (Tel Aviv’s promenade along the beach). Watching the sea gives a feeling of freedom and vastness that you can’t feel when you’re deep in the city. The sunrises and sunsets are cheesy but beautiful and watching people laying on the beach, during the summer but also during winter, is just fantastic.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

I love going to the top of one of tall buildings in the city or hotels on the beach and watch the view. I rarely get the chance to do it.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

Maybe the artist Jasper Johns. I would take him to eat and drink at the Norman hotel, which is a very classic and well designed place. They also present a very cool selection of Israeli-only artists on their walls.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

Drinking a fresh grapefruit & pineapple fruit shake at Tamara on Ben Gurion Blvd., swimming at Gordon Pool, relaxing on Frishman beach, a walk along the beach ’till Jaffa port and a dinner at Mantaray while watching the sunset over Alma beach.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

Bread & co, a café next to my house so I won’t have to walk too much in the rain.

What’s a place in Tel Aviv you feel like only you know about?

Uganda Bar, at a little alley around the corner of Herzl St. and Jaffa Rd. very weird yet cool small bar that only a small bunch of people know. I used to live in Jerusalem, where the original Uganda bar is from.

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how would you spend it?

Same thing I’d do on a sunny day!

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Noga area, right in between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It’s a really cool area that’s being developed and enriched by artist studios and cafés. It attracts young people that are sick of the city center and are looking for a fresh new start.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

The clubs/bars of the Tel Aviv port by night, and the clubs / bars on the beginning of Allenby St.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Catching waves on the beach (body surfing), eating sea food, taking pictures.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

Kuli Alma. It’s a bar which is also a club. Great Dj’s and most important – just the right combination of people – not too hipster, not too mainstream.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

With my parents at Catit. It’s the best and most expensive restaurant in town and its luxurious setting is great for celebrations. The chef, Meir Adoni, is a very creative and accurate professional.

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