In a street surrounded by trees, with the smells of fresh pita and sizzling skewers carried from the nearby Carmel market of Tel Aviv, Ruthie Brodo and her partner, Guy Pollack, Made a home for themselves. Independent homes in Tel Aviv – a city steeped in high-rise apartment buildings and constant construction – are rare, which is why the Brodo / Polk house feels so accidental.
The three-story house and open space, housed in a former yeshiva (or religious Jewish school), is housed in a shiny white Bauhaus building whose bold balconies give it the look of a magnificent decomposed vase – a vessel for vines and hanging plants.
Brodo and her ex-husband Matti Brodo, the founders of Tel Aviv hotels, bakeries, delicacies and iconic restaurants today. M&R Brasserie and Montefiore HotelMany have the privilege of changing the face of the hospitality industry in Israel. Today, Brodo stands at the forefront of thriving business and her 12-year-old partner, Guy Pollack, is the head chef of all the restaurants.
While food is a significant part of their daily lives, Braudo’s greatest love is for art and design, and this home pays homage to both. A native of Netanya with a religious upbringing, Braudo’s father was a young artist with a penchant for recreating great portraits and landscapes. Brodo describes fabrics that pile up thickly along the floorboards of her home as she grows up, so many of them have become an obstacle course of sorts. She inherited hundreds of his paintings and framed her favorites, many now covering the two-tone wall of her bathroom downstairs. Brodo attributes to her father’s artistic influence a unique influence on her life, paving the way for her design interests.
At home, the couple made an effort to set up the first floor as a space for entertaining and entertaining – so much so that it often feels like an extension of their restaurants. “The main thing has always been the kitchen,” Brodo says. And the kitchen certainly stands out in its importance. Inside, there is every variation of crater and leaves, beautifully designed dishes, kettles and serving utensils – most of which originate from flea markets in London. There are also ceramics from Japan and the Netherlands along with countless hand-picked pots and pans and excitedly sent back home from the couple’s various travels.
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“We looked at the floor plan and divided the kitchen into two areas – the cooking area along with an area for enjoying drinks and sweets and from there it was natural for the seating and dining to be separate,” Brodo explains. “It was all based on how to build this house for hospitality – a massive Michelin-starred brunch, a gathering for an aperitif, where you sit after dinner.”
At work and at home, Brodo and Polk intuitively create spaces that maximize the enjoyment and enjoyment of guests. And here, in their own home, they prepared the stage for huge dinner parties surrounded by family, friends and R2M Colleagues. As Polk explains, “Either we make recipes we’ve been making for years or we’re experimenting with new ingredients and flavors and bringing everyone together to taste and try and enjoy,” says Polk. A concept that sounds both comforting and divine in its simplicity.