Milan-based architect Victor Vasilev produced the Kub basin in 2010. Its styling, lines and considered designed elements stand classic three years on. Made from carrara marble and glass, this piece challenges the traditional solid styling of bathroom vanity systems. I like this. Born in Bulgaria, Vasilev moved to Israel and later to Milan where he studied. Years later, he still hasn’t left the city. He is an architect who established his own firm taking commissions in architecture, interior and industrial design. He has produced collaborations with the like of Boffi and is clearly dedicated to his craft and the discipline of minimalism. His studies in Scandinavia have also added to an extension of this dedication. The Kub system is one that challenges convention and is incredibly beautiful.
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Pitsou Kedem Architects have recently completed a beautiful and crisply detailed minimalist single-family residence interior, Tel Aviv Penthouse 2 in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. The predominantly white architectural finishes are anything but uninteresting in this space because of the small surprises such as the corner wall shelf, the recess for the bathroom sink faucet, the floor to ceiling movable glass partitions and the use of wood in a whole wall and door to define a difference space. I am drawn particularly to the architectural details in this project and that they are well proportioned to the volumes of the living spaces. Where the glass partition meets the solid wall, where the warm wood stops in the soffit and becomes the painted white wood cabinet door, where the cove lighting aligns with the rectilinear furniture – the details are sharp and clean then softened by floor to ceiling curtains and cove lighting. In sharp contrast to the busy and crowded city outside their windows, the residence provides a refreshing, less cluttered escape once the front door closes. Images courtesy of Pitsou Kedem Architects.
The Kfar Shmaryahu House is a two story family home located in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. Designed by Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem, this home is a dynamic structure, dictated by the needs of the client and the hot Israeli climate. Timber screens cover half the exterior, sitting flush against the white walls. The screens act as light filters for the large expanse of windows hidden behind them. When desired, the screens fold open, transforming the look and feel of the structure. The first floor features an open floor plan, which contains the kitchen, living and dining areas. Four bedrooms rest on the upper story. This home is truly an example of form follows function. The need for shade and privacy dictated the structure’s main distinguishing feature, the louvered panels. Yet style was not sacrificed for function: the Kfar Shmaryahu House is a perfect blend of the two.
This 100 square meter (1,076.4 square feet) apartment in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel is located in a historic building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is difficult to determine the building’s exact age, although the authors of the project, Pitsou Kedem Architects, speculate that it is hundreds of years old. Over time, it has gone through many changes and had many additions made that have damaged the original quality of the building and its spaces. The effort was to remove all the extraneous elements and expose the original state of this remarkable piece of historic architecture. Minimalist furniture in neutral tones made of natural materials completes the design. Here is how the architects reflect on the project: The central idea was to combine the old and the new whilst maintaining the qualities of each and to create new spaces that blend the styles together even intensify them because of the contrast and tension between the different periods. The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the buildings outer shell and by respecting the building engineering accord. The modern is expressed by the opening of spaces and by altering the internal flow to one more open and free and the creation of an urban loft environment along with the use...
The DeskBox is an elegant little worktable, created by Israel-born UK-based designers Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges studio for the furniture brand Arco, It its “box” mode, the item is barely extended from the wall. But as you pull the cover down – it turns into a nicely sized workstation. Designers explain: The Deskbox is a practical small table/cabinet that is hung onto a wall and it is ideal for settings where there is little space available for furniture. It is an elegant small work place, which is excellent for working on a laptop for instance, and it can be retracted to form a closed box, half the size of the table top. I like how seamless and fluid this design is. An opening on the back for cables and cords and a small storage compartment complete the piece.
This concept store and atelier for fashion designer Hila Gaon was designed by Karina Tollman and Philipp Thomanek of Israeli studio k1p3 in Tel Aviv. The gallery-like space features 9 dresses from the current collection, hung in prominent display upon store mannequins (which were custom-made by the architects, based on traditional seamstress dolls). The complete collection, for its part, is stored in a translucent and lit closet along the length of one wall, and the main space is completed by a large dressing room and fitting area that are provided for the bride and her entourage. I appreciate this design for its lack of fuss concerning the dresses. Dress-shopping can often become a stressful activity and it’s a good thing to have a clear and minimalist space to cancel out distractions and to aid in this choice! Photography by Ardon Barhama.
This minimalist concept for Nespresso was created by Israeli designer Eyal Carmi. His proposed coffee machine is reduced to its absolute essentials. No bulky components, no intimidating dials and controls… Just a water tank, pressure relief system, portafilter for ground coffee or capsules and removable drip tray. You can select between short and long espresso modes by simply turning the handle. Here is how Carmi describes his design aesthetic: One of the most important things to me in good design is to create a strong connection between an object and its user. I appreciate simple and clean design that succeeds in a bright and clear way to convey its functionality. Though, for a machine with no milk frother, the piece is quite big – it has enough space on top for warming the cups. Something espresso nerds would approve.
This is a table. A Very Slim Table, to be precise. Its designer, Nilly Landao from Israel, reduced the table to just a wooden strip. Instead of putting plates on the surface, you attach them to the sides of the strip. Hard to imagine? Check out the video on Landao’s website, or click on for stills from that video.
Israelian friends Luka Or (multi disciplinary designer), Orian Canetti (interior designer) and Elad Ziv (developer) joined forces to form WE Collective, a new design studio. To celebrate the start of this new venture, Luka Or designed these colourful minimalist posters. I love how they do away with the popular notion that minimalism has something to do with the absence of colour, which is completely wrong of course (it’s merely the number of colours). So: hooray for colour, and welcome WE!
From the one Braun designer to an other. Emi Schenkelbach from Israel designed this beautiful Kettle witch combines three basic shapes: Triangle, Square and Circle. I wanted to keep a clean and elegant design, which will allow this kettle to look natural with any kitchen. I have decided to make the kettle float a bit, using the power supply. The visual look of the kettle is different according to the viewing angle, which keeps making it interesting the more you observe it.
These elegant bookshelves are nothing more than just two pieces of square, 10mm wide steel tubes. The designer, Yedidia Blonder, is a bibliophile, and he designed the shelves so that the books hold visual precedence over their furniture. The bookshelves come in four variations: Uno Line, Duo Line, Tre Line, and Quattro Line, and are now offered as a part of the Shlezinka brand. Blonder designed these as a student at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. He graduated in 2001, and currently works as the Vice President Product at Commino.