March 18, 2018

Dana Oberson Brings an Eclectic Touch to Israel’s Publica Isrotel

Just north of Tel Aviv, Herzliya is best known for its beautiful coastline and booming tech sector, which makes it the perfect spot for Marriot’s debut property in the area, the Publica Isrotel

The 159-room hotel includes a stage for music and theatrical events, a lobby lounge, an extensive fitness center, and shared co-working spaces, all designed by Dana Oberson Architects with a focus on custom pieces and art objects sourced from around the world. 

Kamchi Lighting provided floor lamps, pendants, and sconces for the guest rooms; the chairs are by Asshaf Turkey. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.
Red stone and carrara counters top the bar, which sits beside the black iron and green zellige buffet bar. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.

“We composed it like puzzle,” Oberson says, “in which some parts do not necessarily fit, but this connection produces a feeling of eclecticism.”

Oberson’s favorite detail? The striking buffet bar in the restaurant, made of natural iron and green zellige tile. “I love that it is a combination of a practical item used to serve and cool food products, but it looks like a vintage piece that feels like it has always been there.” 

Tables, stools, and umbrellas by Renby adorn the rooftop pool deck. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.

The concept hotel also includes the City Club, open to guests and local residents, which Oberson describes as “a community for which the working environment is also an environment of leisure.” It’s the perfect place for visitors to have a cocktail and chat before retiring upstairs to the rooftop pool to survey all that the city has to offer.

The foyer to the business lounge on the sixth floor is furnished with custom pieces and a stereo console sourced at a flea market in Jaffa. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.
A custom desk greets guests at reception; the floors are casted terrazzo. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.
Oberson sourced furnishings for the main lobby lounge in flea markets across Israel, the Netherlands, and Turkey. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk. 
Casted terrazzo floors the powder room foyer, featuring vintage sconces. Photography by Assaf Pinchuk.

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