Maayan Zusman warms up Tel Aviv apartment with herringbone flooring

Alice Morby
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Aiming to make this white apartment feel warmer, interior designer Maayan Zusman used wooden herringbone flooring and soft pastel furnishings

The apartment is situated just a few minutes walk from the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel, and prior to Zusman's renovation, it was run down.

The renovation began with the designer tearing down interior walls. In the process, she opened up the living space to create an open-plan kitchen and reception area.

The original balcony, which had been closed off, was reopened to allow views of the street.

Towards the back of the 80-square-metre apartment are two bedrooms, each with a separate bathroom. While one of the en suites features black and white tiles in a gridded formation, the other has hexagon-shaped tiled flooring.

To create a clean-looking interior, Zusman painted all the walls white. But to ensure the apartment didn't feel too cold or clinical, she used warm wooden flooring laid in a herringbone pattern throughout communal spaces and bedrooms.

"The aim was to create a warm feel, using hardwood fishbone floors, with a clean vibe, through a mix of steel and clean colours," she told Dezeen.

Many items were designed especially for the apartment, including a geometric bookcase made from black steel and wood, used to distinguish the dining area from the living room.

Zusman also designed the circular table, crafted from a piece of white Carrara marble.

Custom furniture and black details feature in a number of Zusman's renovation projects in Tel Aviv. In the past she has transformed a rundown apartment into an airy space, and a 60-year-old apartment into a bright home with hidden storage.

Maayan Zusman warms up Tel Aviv apartment with herringbone flooring