Graphic Design Guides an Apartment Renovation in Tel Aviv

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture borrows from the world of graphic design to update this 1960s unit.

Tasked with renovating a 1,184-square-foot apartment from the 1960s in Tel Aviv, architect Kedem Shinar reconfigured the interiors to include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and open-plan living, dining, and kitchen areas, making the home much better equipped for modern living. 

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By unifying the formerly separate spaces and rooms along the edge of the apartment, Shinar had a long, uninterrupted span of wall to then incorporate large, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, which flood the living areas with sunlight. 

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The glass windows create a nook for the dining area, which leads out to a small corner balcony where a table and outdoor chairs from Tollman allow the owner to relax in the sunshine with a book. 

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Next to this dining nook is an a wooden, built-in shelf table that extends from the glass windows to create a bar counter, where the owner can work or enjoy an afternoon tea while looking out at the urban landscape. 

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Light gray hardwood floors bring the cool appearance of concrete into the living areas. 

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Herringbone-patterned parquet was used for the bedroom flooring. 

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Shinar says that the concept was inspired by two-dimensional graphic design. 

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The home's graphic roots are showcased in a custom-made lamp that looks like a diagram scrawled on the living room wall, in the red grouting in the tiled bathroom, and in the black grouting in the kitchen backsplash that mimics graph paper. 

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Decor items from the '60s—such as an iron, camera, and marketing poster for apartment building when it was first built—link the modern abode with its past. 

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Custom-made, French oak cabinetry, along with color pairings of light gray and white and black and soft yellow, gives the space a calm and contemporary feel with a high hip factor. 

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Project Credits: 

- Architecture and design: Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture

- Builders: Yossi Percic 

- Structural engineer: Ofer Gabrieli 

- Cabinetry design and installation: Guy Raz Carpentry 

- Tiles and sanitary fixtures: Mody Ceramics and Negev Ceramics 

- Photography: Gidon Levin