Stools by Hans Wegner and a metal wire wall sculpture by Uri Aloni accompany the kitchen system. Photography by Anders Hviid.
If mid-century minimalism had a West Coast godfather, it was Pierre Koenig, who built two Case Study houses and lectured at the University of Southern California. “He changed my life, showing me how the modern style works,” his 1980’s student Uri Michael Palan recalls. Now practicing as UriMichaelPalan, he carries the torch for clean-lined modernism in Tel Aviv, and his design for this apartment draws on Koenig’s DNA.
The apartment belongs to newly minted real-estate developer Oren Yonayov, a former media entrepreneur with advertising experience. He and his partners hired Bar Orian Architects to design the six-story building, keeping two adjacent units for his own family. Palan then broke down the wall between to create an efficient 2,000-square-foot plan. “Koenig didn’t waste time or space on corridors,” Palan notes.
The modular kitchen system for the apartment encompasses everything from the island and range hood to the trash can.
The living room includes an Alexander Girard pillow. Sofa fabrics by Elítis.
Polished concrete flooring conceals a 6-inch-thick layer of sand in which conduit for mechanicals is buried. Find similar materials at MATERIAL.
Drums sit between a sofa and daybed by Antonio Citterio.