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Award for cool kids’ spaces in hospitals, hotels, museums


Sarit Shani Hay Studio in Tel Aviv wins Dezeen reader award for outstanding projects and exhibitions that foster child-centric experiences.

Sarit Shani Hay Studio of Tel Aviv won the Dezeen 2021 Awards’ public vote for the best interior design studio.

Hay tells ISRAEL21c that despite the challenges of the pandemic, her all-female studio accomplished many child-centric projects in 2020 and 2021.

Dezeen, a globally influential architecture, and design website has featured several of Hay’s projects – including a pioneering inclusive school in Tel Aviv — and approached her about applying for the interior design studio of the year award.

Finalists were whittled down to five, and the public was invited to vote online for its favorite. Sarit Shani Hay Studio received 29 percent of the votes.

The projects presented included two luxury hotel playrooms – a desert-themed one at the new Six Senses Shaharut and a Jerusalem-themed one taking up a full floor at the David Citadel.

She also presented photos of child-friendly areas her studio designed at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam, and Shamir Medical Center in Be’er Ya’akov.

Also submitted for consideration were Hay’s recent exhibitions at the Design Museum Holon featuring handmade animals, and for the Biennale at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.

In 2020, Hay published a bilingual book, Creative Spaces for Children.

Hay says her studio has specialized for more than 25 years in designing spaces that have “a formative impact on a child’s development, wellbeing, and creative thinking.”

About the Author:

Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a major daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.

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