about | contact | press | friends | magazine | newsletter | materials library | العربية | עברית  
Visit Exhibition Collections Calendar Education
| Send by email |
Exhibitions > Michelson - MIC

Avraham Michelson immigrated to the country from Plonsk, Poland, in 1933. His father, Hanoch, opened a repair shop that specialized in sewing machines and additional types of repairs. Avraham studied mechanical and electric engineering both locally and in France. In 1939, he left France on the last ship that departed from Europe before the war, and traveled home via Alexandria. Following his return, he and his father founded the first local bicycle factory.

The factory, which grew out of the family workshop, opened in 1940 in a yard at 5 Simtat Hamoatza (later renamed Feinberg Street) in Givatayim. The factory produced the bicycle chassis, pedals, axles, front platform support and fenders, and more. Initially, only two models were produced: one for women and one for men. At the height of its success, the factory employed approximately 30 workers, including the owner‘s wife Lea and his children, who worked during school vacations.

The Michelson bicycles were known throughout the country for their strength and sturdiness, and were even purchased for everyday use by the kibbutzim in the Jezreel Valley. The factory was closed down in the early 1990s. Avraham Michelson passed away in 1997.

Back >>

Free Wheel | אופניים בייצור ישראלי
photo: Benny Gam Zo Letova

 
 
Magazine
Continuing the Sustainability Conversation: International Collaboration
Chantel Braley | Materials Library, Design Museum Holon
It is often aptly said that, "technology is both a blessing and a curse," and nowhere is this paradox more poignant than in the discourse surrounding the future of materials.
Read More »
Two Sugar, Please
Design Museum Holon Staff
Stav Axenfeld, a graduate of the Holon Institute of Technology, is exhibiting at Designboom Mart
Read More »
My First Dragon
Michal Benzvi-Spiegel & Amnon Zilber
Leading up to the opening of the "Common Roots" exhibition in mid-November, we hosted young designer Alena Trafimava at the Museum with the support of the Polish Institute.
Read More »
Recent Issue...
All Issues...

Follow Us
NewsLetter Sign Up »
Facebook »
© copyright 2010 Design Museum Holon   |   newsletter   |   contact us   |   disclaimer   |   site by Cyberserve   |   design by wuwa™   |   photos: Yael Pincus