Old photos look classic, oozing timeless elegance. This was exactly the inspiration behind the designs for NA House, a renovation project led by architect Oshir Asaban. The stark contrast between black and white presents a dramatic focal point, and this home has taken this to heart, with a series of monochrome rooms that look sharp and well styled.
This renovation project painted a whole new look for this Tel Aviv apartment. The building dates back 40 years, and its new style echoes some of the 50s mid-century modern looks of Eichler homes, with open plan rooms and well-styled home decor collections.
The entrance lobby splits into two spaces; to one side the private bedrooms and the other an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen layout.
The living room features a medley of furniture. It takes a discerning eye to decorate in only one hue, but the grayscale options in this living room show a hint into the style and mix of textures that you’ll see around the house. From the iron-framed industrial-looking library cabinet to the delicate geometric coffee tables, there is plenty to feast your eye (even without a bouquet of color).
The balcony area is a perfect spot for growing plants, a small pop of green against the black and white tiles. The balcony was kept in its original form, as it feels like a private garden attached to the apartment.
Floor to ceiling window frames make the most of the light, creating a clear and sleek look. A casual armchair makes it a place for relaxing, wherever you are in the room, proving that a television needn’t be the focal point.
Layering the rugs in the living room area softens the feel against the cold tiles, and helps create a visual cozy divide from the kitchen and dining area. Using rugs is a creative way to demarcate space in an open plan room, without putting up walls and partitions.
The dining room is nicely framed by the windows looking out to the garden view, and provides plenty of space for entertaining. Slim style chairs in matte black are counterbalanced by the white lighting in the ceiling. Within the white room, a black storage cabinet and console table neatly define the areas.
Framed between shelving, the white living room is punctuated by the black to show where the public space starts and ends.
The kitchen is a neat and organized part of the home, with the same black stained wood cabinets seen in other parts of the house also making an appearance here.
An homage to Swiss architect Le Corbusier hangs on the wall, in this black and white poster. Le Corbusier’s purist style of architecture is totally in fitting with the minimal and elegant style of the NA House, including the idea of ribbon windows that run the length of a wall allowing in plenty of light.
Touches of brass, copper and wood are hinted at in the home, with a mix of materials. Stylist Eti Buskila was in charge of creating these vignettes for the shoot.
Private spaces are softer, using wood slat cupboards and an even warmer tones for the flooring. It creates a shift in the public and private dynamic of the areas.
Soft linens create an oozy Sunday morning vibe in the bedroom, with hanging lamps either side of the bed instead of table lamps.
Just like the featured loft bathroom in Budapest, this bathroom manages to have enough light and sleek elements to keep it far from feeling dingy. If you too are looking for a way to incorporate darker colors while wishing to keep the room looking sleek, you can opt to pick glass partitions or frames to allow for light to pass.
With the continuing patterns and geometric squares, it’s almost like an accidental Wes Anderson scene, just bring on the pink!
The NA House has beautifully hanging lamps, and blends black and white together to create something classic. Mixed materials work alongside each other, to create an enduring home for its new homeowners.
Let us know what you think of this home in the comments. Do you think black works in the bedroom? If you want to see more homes from Israel, check out the interview and home tour with Jerusalem based designer Dila. Monochrome too monotonous for you? Enjoy this colorful home tour in Mexico featuring sunshine yellow windows and a mix of geometric shapes.
Project: NA House
Design: Oshir Asaban
Photos: Gidon Levin