Pitsou Kedem’s new restaurant in Tel-Aviv embraces rich western influences, and though western culture serves as a major source of inspiration for the project, Asia is celebrated in the reinterpretation of traditional local food by chef Yuval Ben Neria and evoked through the interior and lighting design.
“The restaurant boasts a sophisticated, harmonious language (a characteristic trait of the designer) inspired by five fundamental elements of ancient Chinese philosophy: fire, water, metal, wood and earth.” says Foscarini, whose Allegro and Allegretto lamps were selected by interior designers Sigal Baranowitz and Gali Amit for the dining rooms, communal areas and a distinctive wine cellar.
“Banana leaves motifs are incorporated into the restaurant’s design in major way. Their imagery is on the dividing panels (Taizu is divided into various intimate spaces). This was done to underline the special character of the restaurant.”
“The aluminium elements making up the eye-catching Allegro and Allegretto suspension lamps, designed by Atelier Oï, interweave in a delicate way that produces a beautiful chime when set in motion. This ‘musicality’ has inspired the names of the three versions of Allegro, which differ in size and color – Allegro Ritmico, Allegro Vivace and Allegro Assai. All of this comes together in Allegretto – a collection created from a reduction and reinterpretation of the Allegro lamps.”
Design: Pitsou Kedem Architects with Baranowitz / Amit
Design team: Pitsou Kedem, Hila Sela, Sigal Baranowitz and Gali Amit
Photos: Amit Geron
Foscarini lamps: Allegro and Allegretto collections