Marble Delight, Kfar Shmaryahuby Anna Kopito | 14.06.13
The original house was probably built in the late 1930’s in the village of Shmaryahu, an agricultural community for immigrants from Germany.
The house underwent various permutations over the years, and preserves something from all of them: a modest family house turned into a country mansion in the seventies, and later covered with Italian marble and fitted with outdoor hosting areas in the eighties.
The current residents made slight but elegant improvements to the house, fixing the infrastructure and replacing the kitchen and bathrooms. They tried as much as possible to maintain the history and the unique character of the house, restoring some of the original details.
The garden provides a layer of mystery to the house, serving as a reminder of its past splendor. The current residents wanted to preserve this feeling. Many new trees were planted but the garden seating areas were left as they are, in a semi-abandoned state.
The furniture has been with the residents for many years; Italian leather chairs passed down from their parents, a sofa and a table from New York, carpets from Turkey and Kazakhstan, paintings by artists Avner Ben-Gal, Yehudit Sasportas, Boyan, and photographs by Vanessa Beecroft, Nan Goldin, Taynth Berkeley and Andrea Serrano.