Quattro is a modern, Italian restaurant which has recently opened in the upper complex of HaArba’s Street, Tel Aviv. Designed by Alex Meitlis with art by Israeli Tamar Zidon and Argentinian artist Diana Eisenberg. The design ethos was to create a stylish, 800 metre square restaurant which balances design and art, creating an unusual design, culinary and entertainment experience for visitors.
Interior designer Meitlis turned a complete circle in his collaboration with the two artists Tamar Zidon and Diana Eisenberg, as they had all studied together 30 years beforehand. With the addition of chef Aviv Moshe they created an atmosphere of celebration and carnival.
We created… a place you’ll want to visit again and again and experience a different atmosphere every time. The basic idea behind the design of the restaurant is the use of live art to create an experience. The restaurant is situated in an anonymous and neutral office tower in the heart of Tel Aviv and its unique design creates a contrast with the ‘concrete desert’ surrounding it.
The restaurant space includes a central concept bar with seating for 60 around a uniquely shaped bar. The legs of the central concept bar and the giant sculpture which welcomes the restaurant’s guests are made from sculptured cardboard which were formerly packing cartons for motorcycles. The work on this raw material was done by Israeli artist Tamar Zidon.
The floor of the restaurant is a work of art in itself, designed in black and white, each of the elements are by Meitlis and painted by artist Ketty Kanevsky. The walls of the private room are a continuation of the restaurant’s ‘floor painting’, and on each interior wall hangs dozens of mirrors of various angles and sizes.
This private room in striking black and white doubles and triples itself through the use of hanging mirrors. The angles of the mirrors allow the diners to view themselves and the dishes served from different angles, creating an artfully stimulating and inspiring background for conversation and dining.
Against the background of the restaurant’s twisting wall will be displayed works by international video artists, another byproduct of the Meitlis’ cooperation with artists from around the world.
Over the centre of the bar hangs a huge bead chandelier which was created by Argentinian artist Diana Eisenberg. Each of the areas were designed with meticulous creativity including the furniture for the venue, such as the seating areas around the bar and on the terrace. Each were created from unconventional materials and eclectic colours.
Images © Alex Meitlis