Your Home Is Your Statement
Whether you’re renovating an existing space or building from the ground up, designing your home is an exciting process of personal and creative expression. Throughout this process, we will ask and answer vital questions related to the natural environment, light, colors, weather, acoustics, spacial/room layout, family dynamics, future planning, foot traffic patterns, and the effect of budget and time on our design approach.
Leonard Koren, Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers
Wabi Sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
Architectural and interior design
WabiSabi Studio specializes in architectural and interior design services for private clients, small businesses and cultural institutions. We will guide you throughout every stage of the project — from planning to selecting suppliers and construction managers to choosing finishing materials, furniture, accessories and other design and aesthetic element — all while staying within your budget.
Luxury private homes or villas need a design approach that implements the highest quality and sophistication into every detail while also considering the peace and quiet of the home’s surroundings.
Plain walls are perhaps the most dominant physical feature of any home or office, yet they are not given the attention they deserve in the design process.
I ran “Mishkenot Sha’ananim,” a guesthouse for artists and intellectuals in Jerusalem, for a number of years and understand both what tourists expect and the reality of running such a business in a competitive market.
Airbnb has helped popularize short term holiday rentals. Millions of travelers are now taking advantage of the unique experience of staying in a home environment rather than a hotel.
For several decades I worked in the field of cultural recruitment, and reserve a special place in my heart for the arts, artists and consumers of culture, young and old.
Philosophy, Styles and Inspirational Origins
The central concept that guides me in home design is making meaningful connections between place, time and culture. My experience working closely with artists, writers, musicians, and dancers inspired and informs my mission of authenticity and uniqueness of expression.
First and foremost, the design must look great. But it also must stimulate thought and inspiration, interpersonal communication, creativity, openness, originality, and a feeling of positive energy. I tend to avoid being pulled toward the latest trends or fads. I also advocate for natural and sustainable materials and strive to use only the best quality products.
My style is fueled in part by the content my clients provide and the interpretation they bring to the project. Each person, couple or family has a unique story, memories, hobbies, collections, etc. My role as a designer is to help you express yourself and your life in an architectural context. You create your own style and meaning. Your home’s design should be based on who you are, on family or spousal relationships, daily routines, and the overall environment you wish to call home.
I am also inspired by the aesthetic tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism, which glorifies the absence of “perfection” as being perfection. I appreciate the simplicity and sophistication of both modern and traditional Japanese art and design. In the spirit of these traditions, my designs often incorporate elements such as gardening and water, traditional carpentry, decorative furniture, pottery, paper art, and textiles.
Finding harmony in design
The Roman architect Vitruvius said that harmonic design suggests that nothing should be added and nothing shall be reduced. A lot of people know how to choose what they like. But finding harmony in design is not always easy. It requires many large and small decisions about form and function: merging textures, balancing colors and providing spatial proportions that maximize comfort and practical needs.
I offer a free introductory meeting for us to get to know each other and to better understand your needs and the needs of your family or colleagues. Design planning requires a holistic vision and a deep understanding of process and people. Whether it’s a private home, small business, large office space, or cultural institution, I address day-to-day human needs and dynamics, the uniqueness of the particular location, and the history of the building or location.
Work Plans and Simulations
In the idea stage, we will explore several directions using inspiration boards, flowcharts and sketches. We will then choose a path, finalize a plan and produce a three-dimensional visualization with emphasis on materials, colors, elements, and design style. At this stage we will begin to have a clear picture of where our plan will lead. At that point we will make a decision about schedules and budget.
Plans and Technical Specifications
Detailed Work Plan
After we’ve agreed on a design concept, we will make decisions about elements such as ceilings, walls, floors, layout and measurements, stairs, partitions, vents, lighting, shading, flooring and wall coverings, placing and choosing furniture, kitchen and bathroom accessories, textile art, and decorative details. We will then prepare work plans and technical specifications for receiving bids from professional interior design contractors.
Choosing finishing materials
Accompanying the choice of materials and design details
We will choose finishing materials such as plumbing fixtures, flooring, coverings, windows, doors, furniture, lighting fixtures, carpets, curtains, upholstery, and accessory art. All of these choices will be tied together around a single coherent design concept.
Interior area supervision
I will provide ongoing supervision throughout the project to offer suggestions or solutions and to make sure that our contractors are working according to plan.