HOW ONE CREATIVE COUPLE WENT FROM BAUHAUS TO PENTHOUSE
In Tel Aviv, architect Alex Meitlis and artist Ivo Bisignano live and work in a gleaming white loft.
When an ancient cave collapsed in a park outside of Jerusalem, Italian artist Ivo Bisignano and his husband, architect Alex Meitlis, knew that meant at least one thing: They would be sharing their Tel Aviv loft with a collection of wooden roommates for a while longer. It was Meitlis who had convinced Bisignano to exhibit his sculptures in a Judaean-era grotto. But in the fall of 2019, before the pieces were installed, the cave collapsed. “For the next three months, we were sleeping with them,” says Bisignano, a former fashion director for Vogue Italia, of his towering figures.
Glass steel-framed doors outfit every threshold, accentuating a sense of infinity amplified by the strategic use of white on every surface, from the ceilings to the Carrara marble floors. Meitlis loves how white glows in the Mediterranean light; it’s also a wink at the Bauhaus architecture for which Tel Aviv is renowned.
The loft’s fluid identity hinges on this feeling of boundlessness between home and office, art and design, inside and outside. “You don’t know where it’s finished, the space,” says Bisignano, who originally trained as an architect. “Is this the bathroom? No. This is the bathroom and. This is the bedroom and. There is no limit.”