Mirror Maze Apartment / Yael Perry Interior designer
Text description provided by the architects. Mirror surfaces are used to reflect natural light and create the illusion of larger spaces in this small duplex in the heart of Tel Aviv, renovated by interior designer Yael Perry. The owner of this duplex in an area of 62 sqm (+ 30 sqm balcony) wanted to create a modern and stylish place of refuge in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Interior designer Yael Perry was chosen for the project. Perry had previous experience in renovating and modernizing small and complicated living spaces, but this project presents a whole new set of challenges. The duplex, was originally divided into small spaces that could not fit the customer’s needs. The duplex has a limited floor plan of a little over 62 square meters (~ 30 square meters on each floor), but it includes a generous number of openings that flood the interior with natural light. To highlight these openings, Perry framed them in Belgian-style black windows and placed an array of mirrors around the interior of the apartment. Most of the interior walls, sections, storage and kitchen spaces were covered with mirrors to increase the presence of these openings and create the illusion of larger and double spaces.
Perry has created various alternative plans for the interior. The first tried to create a separate space for the living room and space for the dining area and kitchen, while the others included an open space for the kitchen and living room. The apartment’s previous plan included a separate layout with public spaces on the main floor divided by a massive concrete and terrazzo staircase that were preserved during the renovation process.
We chose the first plan, which separates the kitchen from the living space. The guest toilet was located in a square space near the entrance on the main floor. Part of it is under the stairs, where we created a hidden storage space. Perry designed the guest bathroom as a mirror maze. At the entrance a mirror door leads to the guest bathroom. All the walls (in and out of the bathroom) and hidden storage space were covered with mirrors. It provides a surprise, a unique experience of reflections and a lack of orientation in space.
The palette of materials on the main floor is direct and exposed, including concrete, mirror surfaces, glass and leather furniture that match the customer’s style. Upstairs, in the sleeping and private areas, we used softer materials like wood, linen, mirror surfaces and white tiles in the main bathroom.
The top floor was designed for the sleeping and private area. The tiny bathroom was enlarged and the shower was separated from the toilet unlike it was originally, where the shower and toilet were on the same square meter. The floor was extended between the bathroom and the staircase by casting a new concrete floor to create a comfortable passage and entrance to the sleeping area and the roof terrace. The exterior walls of the main bathroom are covered with mirrors as well as the wardrobe to increase the presence of the high openings leading to the balcony and create the illusion of larger and double spaces.