Known lovingly as The White City, all of Tel Aviv was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The happening city in Israel is filled with gorgeous historic buildings from the Ottoman empire to the Bauhaus era. Filled with clever fusion eateries, killer coffee, amazing street art and more museums per capita than most cities in the world, this city should be on the bucket-list. Aside from the famous beaches, and all night clubs, I highly recommend perusing boutiques in the indie fashion district, the revitalized twenties-era Gan Ha’Hashmal.
From its weather to music to its attitude, Tel Aviv is a modern, pleasure-seeker’s paradise with unexpected treasures around every corner of the mediterranean haven. What’s also in the second-city-that-never-sleeps? My cousin through marriage, Gabrielle! Say Bonjour…errr…Shalom!
Gabrielle is an architect, although upon first glance one might think she’s a fashion model (credits include shots for DE GRIS by Alexandre Silberstein and Kopito). She recently moved to Tel Aviv, Israel from Paris, France by way of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Quite the jet-setter, she’s fluent in French, Spanish and English. Apparently, she’s also fluent in the sparse Scandinavian meets Moroccan Shuk design aesthetic.
Her apartment is located in the “Kerem Hatemanim”, a lovely, artsy and picturesque neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv. It’s the perfect spot to start exploring the city while feeling like a local – especially since the space is only a 1 minute walk from the open-air Carmel marketplace filled with fresh fruits, spices and veggies.
The apartment is full of light and it features its own private closed entrance from the street, private staircase and private rooftop. That sort of privacy can lead one to sunbathe naked all day. Interested in visiting? Travel to this exact home! You’ll be licking your lips in no time enjoying the delights of Eser 10, the hummus at Abu Hasan, or sipping an espresso among other bohemian types at Cafe NOACH (which makes its home in a converted artisan lampshade store).
The controversial Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his ability to blur the line between high and low arts. His sculptures, prints and other fine art creations are simultaneously tacky yet poised. In 2001, Murakami published his “Superflat” theory in the catalogue for a group exhibition of the same name. The theory discusses the idea that there is a legacy of flat, 2-dimensional imagery which has existed throughout Japanese art history (such as wood-blocking) and continues today (in manga, hentai and anime). This style is wholly Eastern and emphasizes flat planes of color. His pieces represent an amalgam and synthesizing of Buddhist accents, highly sexual Japanese fetish art, psychedelic sixties iconography, satirical exaggeration and childish linear drawings. The highly commercial artist has collaborated with such renown brands and celebrities as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrel Williams and in floats for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or as a game designer for Hasbro’s Monopoly.
A painting by Takashi Murakami, a Guy de Rougemont cocktail table, and a pair of Leleu bergères in the living room; Manuel Canovas fabric curtains.
Photography by William Waldron for Elle Decor. Serious and very fifth avenue, yet with a touch of humor.
Statement pieces by artists Bert Stern, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz line this jewel box living room giving it punch and power. The color play, vertical stripes and expertly mismatched patterns continuously draw the eye to new places.
Nigo’s Bedroom replete with Louis Vuitton bedsheets and Murakami Cushions on the floor. Eat your heart out pop culture, brand addicts. Image via The Ski Club.
Yours truly at the Takashi Murakami at the Palace of Versailles exhibition in 2010. When in doubt; floral, happy-face wallpaper and carpeting does the trick.
A funky brooklyn townhouse incorporates David Weeks lighting, contemporary prints (such as Murakami), a glossy white lacquered table, a Jason Miller Studio Antler Sconce and mid-century accents to create a bright and clean space.
This lounge space is half underground club and half secret treehouse. Painted over pressed metal walls, lucite chandelier, and Murakami print keep the relaxation space feeling fresh. Image via GummyGoose.
The Arne Vodder credenza, the 60’s Ecuador chair, the bright orange sofa, a cow skin rug, and the angular floor lamp have a midcentury, cowboy vibe, but the Takashi Murakami and the Kaws Sorayama figure on the Saarinen table make this room ultra modern. Image created by Pastolux using Ebay finds.
Miami-based interior design and architecture firm Errez Design‘s curated update of a 1910 cottage in Coconut Grove, FL, which belongs to a contemporary art collector. The client has an extensive collection of artwork, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Banksy, Swoon, and David Bowie, as well as rare antique Biedermeier furniture, antique textiles, and crystal chandeliers. Images via Casa Sugar.
Design by Vicente Wolf. A Takashi Murakami painting dominates one corner of the living room. African masks rest on a Chinese-elm cocktail table, an African stool serves as a side table, and a Louis XVI console stands by the window; all are from VW Home. The armchairs are covered in an Edelman leather. Park Avenue apartment via Architectural Digest.
A space dominated by circular design: an oval print, an oblong sculpture, a rounded chair. Designed by D’Apostrophe, this Paris Mansion is friendly, organic and bright. Family room image via Houzz.
Who said contemporary art is only for grownups? Definitely not me. This kid’s room is airy and rainbow filled – no unhappy campers allowed. Design by Designed by D’Apostrophe for a Bond Street, NYC triplex. Image via Houzz. As they say in Japan, “Kawaii”!
A sneak inside Cordelia de Castellane’s artful Parisian home reveals a master bedroom painted with Farrow & Ball’s Light Gray. The four poster bed is kingly, almost stately, yet childish with it’s Murakami pillows. Photography by Roger Davies for Elle Decor.
A London home’s mantle provides a focal point for artwork and first-edition James Bond books. The painting above the fireplace is by Chen Ke, and sitting on the marble is also a hyper sexual nurse (or waitress?) sculpture by Murakami. Image via House to Home.
Dark navy exposed brick walls allow a white-bright Murakami piece to pop.
The bed, very seventies, surrounded by works of art: from left to right, a painting by Robert Delaunay, a vase by Ettore Sottsass for the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and a sculpture by Takashi Murakami. Image via Architectural Digest France.
I am having a love affair with Brownstones. This isn’t the first time inanimate objects have caught my eye. The building materials used in such homes are a brown Triassic or Jurassic era sandstone which was once an extremely popular building material. The term. “brownstone”, is also used on the East Coast (particularly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland) of the United States to refer to a terraced house or rowhouse clad in this material. The stone is extremely durable, it also carries with it years of history and the connotations of another, quainter time period.
An office filing cabinet plays double duty as an entry table.
Natural light in spades.
The low, stainless steel industrial table allows the space to feel historic yet contemporary. The mantlepiece is filled with vases ala Italian artist Morandi.
Tonight’s cultural activeities in the salon include a rendition of the Metropolitan Opera’s version of Elektra, Op. 58, a one-act opera by Richard Strauss.
According to color theory, an alizarin crimson red room gives the room sophistication and warmth. Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s affect is usually stimulating – raising heart rate or stimulating conversation.
As the esteemed author, poet, philosopher and muse, Jorge Luis Borges, once quipped, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”