The series of artifacts created by Paperna-Yaniv, called Expand Life, includes small and very small (miniature) objects, some of which are functional, such as a hair clip or a jewelry box. These creations are based on the study of morphologies existing in nature, their translation into a 2D geometry and their expanding into a 3D structure. This is somewhat similar to the DNA genetic code which includes the entire information required for the final development of the body. In these creations, just as in nature – the manner and extent of the 2D-geometry “opening” provides each item with its own uniqueness.
The artifacts are made of hard stainless steel which is cut using a photo-chemical etching technology. This technology is very accurate enabling a smaller than 1mm resolution. It is used, among other things, to produce parts used in electronics and medicine, such as the production of a metal expandable shield holding the arteries (stents). The unique production process combines mechanical work with manual work. This is why no artifacts are identical to one another. Each item is special and unique. The finished models are gold-plated, white gold-plated or polished stainless steel.
In addition to this series, Yaniv is working in collaboration with other artists on the development of lighting products, textile etc.
Yaniv is an architect and the managing partner at Paperna-Yaniv Architects. Paperna-Yaniv is a boutique office handling various areas – architecture, product design, etc., paying close attention to the accuracy and quality of planning and execution.
Yaniv’s love for architectural detailing and his in-depth knowledge of the various construction professions have led to the expansion of the office activity, which in the past few years has also included the planning of details such as lighting and design-art.
In the past three years, Yaniv has invested most of his efforts in the design and development of a unique style which he invented and developed from the phase of invention up to the commercial completion of the products.
Yaniv graduated from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He lives in Ramat HaSharon with his wife, who is an architect, and their two daughters.