February 28, 2020

Yael Gal Interior Design Goes for Gold with a Glittering Tel Aviv Condo

The living room’s custom bar is made of brass, walnut, onyx, and mirror. Photography by Oded Smadar.

Tel Aviv might be home to the architecturally celebrated White City, but that doesn’t mean the city’s residents necessarily want to live in a white box, as Yael Gal discovered while spending a few weeks with the owners of a 4,000-square-foot condo in the heart of the city. “They are warm people with an overarching sense of modernity,” Gal says, but “they simply love the color gold.”

The hand-made custom chandelier by Lasvit extends almost 40 feet. Photography by Oded Smadar.

And so the designer installed “glittering details” everywhere—from the Deco glamour of the living room bar, to golden-veined marble in the kitchen and bath, to flooring in latte marble with brass details, reaching an apotheosis in a marble waterfall that lines a suspended corridor between the public and private areas.

The kitchen’s counters are Michelangelo marble from Fervital, as are the sinks with Dornbracht faucets; storage throughout the kitchen and dining area is custom walnut veneer by Bulthaup, while the table and chairs are by Minotti. Photography by Oded Smadar.

“Even though the condo is far removed from the Mediterranean Sea,” she says, “the waterfall brings the rushing sound of water into the homeowner’s daily experiences.” The floor-to-ceiling windows opposite, meanwhile, bring eye-watering views of the International Style buildings and sea beyond them. 

The 750-square-foot outdoor patio features Giorgetti seating and coffee tables, and a Missoni pouf. Photography by Oded Smadar.
A suspended bridge connects the living and bedroom zones, with a waterfall of bronze marble on one side and a Cassina bookcase and Pulpo stool on the other. Photography by Oded Smadar.
A Lasvit chandelier hangs above near a Minotti bed and chairs in the master bedroom, and above a rug by Jan Kath. Photography by Oded Smadar.
In the master bathroom, a custom of vanity of Calacatta gold marble integrates a Milldue sink and a Dornbracht faucet. Photography by Oded Smadar.
Onyx clads the walls and floor of the guest bathroom, with a Milldue sink and HeziBank smart toilet. Photography by Oded Smadar.

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