Modern History

Designed by Pitsou Kedem, Raz Melamed & Irene Goldberg

Photographed by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

Set above the harbor, facing the majestic Mediterranean Sea in Old Jaffa, is an ancient structure given new life by the thoughtful architects hired to restore its integrity.

Photography by Amit Geron

A series of glass paneled doors greets the entry and closes to offer privacy (when combined with blackout shades) in the master bedroom. Photography by Amit Geron

 

Though it’s difficult to determine the structure’s exact age, it is clear that it is hundreds of years old. Over time, changes and additions had damaged the original integrity of the dwelling. The central ideal, therefore, was to restore the original characteristics—the stone walls, the segmented ceilings and the arches—to peel back and expose the original state.

Home Tour - Pitsou9

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The building’s shell is composed of a combination of pottery and beach sand. The bisque and terracotta colours create natural warmth in the coved dining room.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The architects created distinct viewpoints in each of the rooms, often providing a glimpse into adjacent spaces. The organic shaped coffee tables and rustic woven rug support a mandate to use natural, raw materials.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The Mediterranean Sea is reflected in a mirror that brings light into the spare living space. The cable strung staircase rises gracefully to the master bedroom above.

“Surprisingly modern, minimalistic construction styles (especially ancient ones) allow us to create new spaces that blend periods together—even intensify them because of the contrast and tension between the ages”.

Photography by Amit Geron

Photography by Amit Geron

 

The galley kitchen efficiently carves utilitarian space into the home and provides those in residence with an expansive view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Photography by Amit Geron

Sleeping quarters are stacked above the living room, where they enjoy full ocean views. Photography by Amit Geron

 

The historical is expressed by preserving the textures and materials of the building’s outer shell and by respecting the engineering accordingly. The modern is expressed by opening spaces and altering the internal flow, and by incorporating natural materials such as stainless steel, iron and wood. Pistou’s project succeeds in both honoring and preserving the historical and romantic values of the structure while creating a contemporary project suited to today’s lifestyle.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

BOD Winning Living Room!

BOD Winning Living Room

Business of Design followers entered some stunning living room projects for a Dabble social media contest. Congratulations Theo Flamenbaum for submitting this winning photo.

Theo designed his small, urban condo to utilize every inch possible. This designer loves to entertain, and a sectional allowed him to maximize seating. A mix of textures­­—grasscloth walls, woven carpet and sleek furniture—creates a dynamic but comfortable space, where guests feel right at home. Theo clearly loves to reference his travels as evidenced by the elegant stone Buddha head. Well done Theo!

Colour Story

blogimg003

Interior designer, popular television personality and colour-trend expert Jane Lockhart shares her favourite colour combination of the season.

Go modern and forgo hanging ornaments and garland on a tree. Instead, place purple and metallic Christmas balls in a crystal bowl for sparkle, or lay silver garland around a lamp base to add texture to the room.

The Colours of India

blogimg164

The streets of India are buzzing with vehicles, markets and people. Although they might be difficult to walk through, the animals graze peacefully within the folly.

Dabble finds inspiration through Marjorie Choiniere‘s photography.

blogimg165 blogimg166 blogimg167 blogimg168 blogimg169

blogimg170 blogimg171 blogimg172

To read another Infusion, check out Infusion, Issue 2 May/June 2011.

To read more about India, check out Magical Mystery Tour: India, Issue 2 May/June 2011.

The Winds are Changing

blogimg188

There is no doubt about it…the cold air is blowing and it’s time to add some seasonal touches to your living space. Grab a scarf and let fall be a walk in the park.

Dabble finds inspiration through Michael Dizon‘s photography.

blogimg189 blogimg190 blogimg191 blogimg192 blogimg193

blogimg194 blogimg195 blogimg196

To see more of Victoria’s fall infusion and more of Michael Dizon’s photography, check out Infusion, Issue 4 Sep/Oct 2011.

Read the entire article ‘Infusion – Michael Dave Dizon’ in Issue 4 of Dabble.

 

Design Possibilities at your Feet

blogimg227

For those of you looking for an inspiring new ideafor your home, look no further than Freshome‘s collection of 30 floor designs that lay a world of possibilities at your feet.

blogimg228

When it comes to flooring, the colour palette, texture, pattern and quality are features that cannot be overlooked if you want the result to be fabulous. There are so many floor designs you can choose from that at times it seems extremely hard to match every detail.

blogimg229

The great news is that every style and budget can be met and inspirational photos can help you create your own personalized floor if you are willing to do it yourself.

blogimg230

Anything goes: wooden floors, colourful tiles, poured terrazzo flooring, hand painted wooden floors, porcelain tiles in the bathroom or kitchen, even leather tiles can adorn your living spaces. Choose the best style and colour for your home and try to have fun with each room’s interior design.

Creative resources can inspire you to come up with your own idea on how to use different styles and materials to create unique floorings for your home.

blogimg231

Look for a combination of textures that suit your room. Depending on the natural or artificial light that floods your interiors, some flooring designs can appear darker or lighter than in the show room, so be carefull with that.

If six inspiring flooring ideas just isn’t enough, check out the full list of on Freshome.

Summer Sailing

blogimg274

The sails are down and the anchor is in…could this summer day be more perfect? Take an afternoon off and flow with the tide…Dabble finds inspiration through Karen Merk‘s photography.

blogimg275 blogimg276 blogimg277 blogimg278 blogimg279

blogimg280 blogimg281 blogimg282

Read the entire article ‘Infusion – David Wickemeyer’ in Issue 3 of Dabble.

Infuse Yourself into Spring

blogimg366

Spring forward. The warm weather is just around the corner, but there are still a few rainy days ahead, so don’t put your boots away just yet. Dabble finds design inspiration through this photo by Simon Burn.

blogimg367 blogimg368 blogimg369 blogimg370 blogimg371

blogimg372 blogimg373 blogimg374

Retro Revitalized

  • Andy Warhol’s “Diamond Dust Shoes” takes pride of place above the slab marble fireplace.
  • Thanks to the broad, sweeping lines contemporary designers crave, this1970s home is a worthy candidate for stylish revitalization.
  • The horizontal mirror reflects the opposite side of the family room and the large hanging orbs used for ambient lighting. Aluminum floating beams with adjustable AR lamps act as spotlights for artwork.
  • “The key to working with an all-white scheme,” says Eric, “is to vary textures and finishes.” Here, sleek white lacquer cabinets are paired with a textured tumbled marble back splash made up of small mosaics. White leather barstools add another layer of interest and provide secondary seating within the generous kitchen.
  • The chrome banding on upper cabinets mimics the horizontal thrust of the island’s bar, made of honed Lagos Blue limestone.
  • A Brueton ‘Ginger’ dining table is surrounded by four white leather chairs and positioned within the sunny kitchen alcove.
  • Relocating a well-loved piece of art sparks new appreciation. Case in point, the playful chrome sculpture moved from home office to kitchen.

Large Scale Intimacy

Interior designer Eric McClelland of Fleur-de-Lis Design Inc. was eager to maintain the retro-modern edge of this urban Toronto home. With his client’s wishes for minimal colour firmly established, he set out to improve the functionality of the main rooms while respecting the home’s inherent architecture.

Ask anyone in a small condo if they’d like more space and the answer is likely a resounding ‘yes’. But extra large rooms have their own challenges.

“By dividing the long family room into two distinct seating areas,” says Eric, “we were able to create a more intimate scale for family gatherings and conversation.”

An extreme change of ceiling height (from 9 to 18 feet) provided another challenge, easily solved by strategically positioning nine hanging mirrored orbs to create a visual balance between the adjacent areas.

Using a simple palette of smoky taupe on the large upholstered pieces provides warmth and comfort without distracting from the room’s best commodity, an impressive art collection. Bright fuchsia toss cushions are a single nod to the client’s favourite colour.

Light Matters

To create more usable space, appliances were relocated within the renovated kitchen and desk space was allocated to an underutilized adjoining hallway. The Lagos Blue limestone anchors the setting by providing a warm contrast to the all-white kitchen.

“Previously, the lighting was comprised of giant pot lights, making a Swiss cheese effect on the ceiling.” says Eric. “To modernize the lighting plan, we introduced multiple MR 16 store fixtures and recessed pot lights into simple architectural coves.”

Dabble Savvy

  • Group AR bulbs in a series of three or four to create a single architectural fixture, avoiding a sea of pot lights.
  • Drop a ceiling when necessary to add cove lighting, which tucks up into ceilings.
  • Light sources with rotating heads offer flexibility, allowing you to put the focus on artwork or noteworthy collections.