We met our client , a descendant of a distinguished Swiss family of restaurateurs with a well-rooted passion for wine and Italian cooking, when he decided to follow his family's tradition and open an Italian restaurant in his new home city,Tel Aviv.The design brief was to create a space that pays homage to the family's tradition while creating a new sophisticated wining & dining experience with an international relevance.
The family’s business motto is “Terra Vite Vita”(Land,Vineyards,Life)and is all about paying respect to the land and authenticity of the Italian experience.
Our challenge was to refine the traditional values and infuse them with a contemporary interpretation.
We wanted the space to promote the sense of joy of people coming together to celebrate their love for food & wine yet allowing for intimacy and a true sense of place.
Turning to Tuscany's vineyards for inspiration,we transformed the space into an architectural vine-arbor.
Oak up-rights grow from the floor to become a library for the family's vineyard wine, then climb up the ceiling to become long beams varying in height as they spread through the space.
A perforated metal screen along the window wall completes the abstraction of the vine-arbor introducing a play of lights and shadows to the space.