Maayan Zusman & Amir Navon + mentored design graduate Eilat Dar - Airy and Open apartment, Tel Aviv

Maayan Zusman and Amir Navon transformed an old-fashioned apartment into an open and airy oasis

There is something comforting in a thought “This is what everyone does”. Normal is good.

Yes, in many cases, a standard thing to do, is also a good thing to do. But that rule doesn’t really apply to interior design.

And we are not just saying that. We have an amazing, the most wonderful example for you today. The one that will make you rethink everything you thought was a good, normal thing to do in your apartment.

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Architekten Innauer Matt - Haus für Julia und Björn

Nooks and niches

We seem to be obsessed with niches. We can’t talk about a bathroom remodel, shower design or even colors in the interior, without mentioning those practical little pieces of space. What’s so special about them?

To tell you the truth, niches helped us every time we designed an apartment in an old building. In the past, buildings needed thick walls for structural reasons. To leave a niche in the wall was a great way to save on building material, and to build a lighter structure. Also, it was a great way to help out future architects and interior designers!

You see, we often had to deal with rooms that are too small, and we were not able to fit a closet, or a desk, or a night stand. We once designed a bathroom so small, even water heater couldn’t fit. And almost every time there was a niche – just hanging around, with nothing to do. Those niches carved into old walls are so chic. Hop over to our Pinterest board if you don’t believe us. Read More »