“All houses done by our office are designed around the library,” says Omer Dagan, an architect in Pitsou Kedem’s eponymous Tel Aviv, Israel, firm. It’s a boldly bibliophilic conceit, and an idea that makes an especially strong impact in Kedem’s 2011 Haifa House. A system of tall white shelves helps ground a vast double-height living room, a zone that’s both a spatial connector—the dining room, pool, second- floor balcony, and office all converge here—and a hub for relaxation. If the local vernacular (Kedem was inspired, in part, by the Bauhaus buildings in the neighborhood) and Israeli sunlight organize the space itself, the Italians hold sway when it comes to the furniture: The Soft Dream sofas are by Antonio Citterio for Flexform; the arresting, purple Grande Papilio chair and ottoman are by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia; and the library shelving and splashy orange ladder are by the Montesolaro-based company Porro.
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