Meet the Artist: Emmanuelle Cohen of Manue Design

Photos: Courtesy of Manue Design

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Emmanuelle Cohen, I am 34 years old, married and have three sons. I made Aliyah to Israel when I was 19 years old and studied Graphic Design at an Art School in Tel Aviv. For the past ten years, I have been working as a graphic designer. In parallel, I have developed a passion for art and design by creating items out of concrete.

What inspired you to become an artist?

I have been immersed in art and design since I was a little girl as my father is an antique dealer and jewellery designer. I studied art and graphic design for five years and am always looking for creativity and innovation. The creation of items made from concrete is a new passion of mine which I would like to further develop and share with others.

What is your specialty?

My speciality lies in concrete art. I create decorative items for the home, for children’s rooms, bespoke plant pots and Judaica products.

How and where do you work?

I work with white and grey concrete. All my creations are handmade. After unmoulding, I customise the object using acrylic paint.

What is the most indispensable item in your studio space?


Where do you take your inspiration? Are you pursuing any themes?

I take a lot of inspiration from Pinterest as well as Instagram and experiment a lot to develop a unique style.

Do you do bespoke work?

Yes, I do. I accept commissions and enjoy working with a customer’s special request for size and colours.

What projects are you currently working on?

At the moment I create items that are a little bit bigger, such as stools and tables made from concrete.

What are your favourite items in your current collection?

My stool and personalised plant pots, especially the Frida Kahlo one.

How do you know when a piece is finished?

When I am satisfied with the result.

What was the first artwork you ever sold?

My letters made from concrete; they are also my best selling product.

Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?

Personalised plant pots.

What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?

I would like to be able to sell my creations and to continue to develop many new products. I would like to design more Judaica items such as Mezuzot and Home Blessings.

Where can we find your work?

Mainly on Instagram.  

Photos: Courtesy of Manue Design

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