The Jerusalem Post 1977
"Design sets the mood"
by Aaron Sittner
Jerusalem post Reporter
 
Wherever and however you are sitting as you read these lines, chances are you could be more comfortable. Is the chair hugging your back for the full length of your spine? As you sit there, is your heel perched at sharp angle against a hard terrazzo floor, or are your legs folded boomerang-like under your seat, with your toes dug into the thick pile of expensive carpeting?
"Designing room interiors and furniture must do more than satisfy the eye's quest for beauty", David de Mayo, a leading Israel furniture designer told the Jerusalem Post last night as he prepared his display at furniture Week which opens in Jerusalem's Binyanei Ha'ooma this morning. "A room and it's furniture must be able to put you in the right mood- for whatever you wish to do."
So, designing premises to order is a job of problem solving, claims de Mayo, who spent nine years in Sweden and Denmark studying architecture and design.
One of his first challenges upon his return was the Habima Theatre. How do you decorate a theatre so that Kibbutzinks dressed in shorts and sandals do not feel out of place mingling with formally attired gentlemen from North Tel Aviv and their long-gowned wives? The secret is adroit illumination and a touch of simplicity emerging from the classical lines so familiar in theatre design.
A more recent project- even more difficult- was designing Beit Halohem in Afeka, a club for disables soldiers. "Naturally, entranceways to the building and from room to room inside, had to be suitable for wheelchair use. And, above all, the whole design theme of the building- from the light fixtures on the ceiling to the drapes on the wall to the ash trays on the tables- had to suggest the greatest possible remoteness from war and the military atmosphere."