Photography by Kim Sargent
Devoted to their Jewish traditions, the family financed the translation and publication of the 5th-century Babylonian Talmud in English, French, and modern Hebrew. “It was a monumental undertaking that spanned almost 15 years,” notes Bradfield, who—having worked on many residences, a yacht, and a temple for several generations of this family—witnessed the development of the project. Its 73 volumes are housed in millwork crafted by Arama Custom Made Furnishings, of Holon, Israel. A weighty slab of Torroncino granite protrudes from the bookcases, forming a desk (accompanied by Eames desk chairs from Herman Miller) where one can sit and study the text. “A band of the same granite continues around the room,” explains Bradfield, “seemingly girding the space.” The design team sourced the stone, as well as the lati wood on the ceilings, from Parqueteam Ltd., in Yavne, Israel. The J. Robert Scott upholstery on the custom armchairs complements a rug by Stark.