Cecilia Vitas Volcoff Kasher is an accomplished industrial and environmental designer, whose fresh point of view and natural curiosity demonstrates that there is only a thin line between design and art.
With a strong multidisciplinary background, her practice tends to blur the edges from seriousness to playfulness, craft to advanced technology and from objects to mini architecture. Her work is rooted in rigorous research and study, with inspirational solutions found in the natural surroundings as well as the human behavior observation, while examining the spatial relationships between man, object and the environment.
Born in the US, raised in Argentina and Israel, she gained her professional education in California, where she had an opportunity to collaborate with world renowned designers Don Chadwick and Hodgetts + Fung. During her residency in California, she took part in spatial design projects such as the Harley Davidson Museum and designed a series of light fixtures for Translite Systems, as well as developing a line of products for architectural spaces for Forms and Surfaces.
Today, her studio is located in Tivon, Israel, where she engages in a diverse range of activities from designing outdoor elements, exhibitions and interior design for Ramat Hanadiv (a nature park and memorial gardens that serve as a living memorial to Baron Edmond de Rothschild), to creating site specific installations for the Bat Yam International Urbanism Biennale and issuing furniture patent registration. In addition, she initiates and promotes collaborations with industries, as well as promotes art projects for specific communities.
In parallel to her practice, Cecilia’s academic career involves serving as a senior lecturer at the Department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Inclusive Industrial Design Department at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.
Cecilia has received numerous awards and gained international recognition throughout her career. Her work has been exhibited in selected galleries and featured in acclaimed international publications.