The unique, patent-protected process of Saltware brings to life industrial residue from the Dead Sea, turning it into a soulful and meaningful design. Saltware can make your space one of a kind with a look and an atmosphere like no other.
SaltwareDesign was born from a passion for one of our planet’s more remarkable, spiritual, and yet common raw materials – salt. To make a dream come true, the designer, artist, and founder Lia Bruce collaborated with Professor Daniel Mandler, an established scientist from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, forming a revolutionary clean, green process with negligible energy consumption. Taking salt from Dead Sea industry residues and turning it into a beautiful creation of useful art. This is a meaningful design.
Salt is a substance that was valuable in ancient times. The word salary is derived from the Latin word salarium, the sack of salt that was paid by the Romans to their soldiers. In fact, salt was so dear that saltshakers were designed for, and served only to monarchs.
Hi, I’m Lia Bruce, the body and salt behind SaltwareDesign. My professional path leads me through architecture studies at the Technion in Haifa, a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and a master’s degree in Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. The combination of art, design, and eco living is expressed in my SaltwareDesign. My love affair with salt began as a child, inspired by my grandmother, who sewed salt into little cotton bags to be worn as protective amulets. As an artist I created installations with the raw material with a constant aspiration to give it a solid manifestation.
The groundbreaking technology that allowed her work to form the residual salt into such forms, textures, colors, and shapes is an integral part of her initiative of SaltwareDesign.
In 2015 Professor Daniel Mendler from the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University answered a public call by the Israeli government for a practical solution to handle a vast amount of cooking salt that accumulates as a residue of the Dead Sea mining.
Professor Mendler and his team developed a sustainable technology that turns the salt into a robust, 100% green three dimensional object with no synthetic additives, durable to pressure and humidity, and manufactured in a very low energy consumption process.
As a designer,Bruce sought to merge salt’s scientific and technological challenges with its crucial significance in culture and found this life mission in the unique dead sea salts.
My interest in the mystical nature of salt grew as I collaborated with the Chemistry Institue at Hebrew university, which was looking for a way to reduce the environmental impact of salt mining in the Dead Sea. Combining creative impulse, engineering challenge, and my desire to heal our environment, I sought practical, innovative, and inspiring solutions. SaltwareDesign was born from this quest.
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