Super Land: Kobi Farhi's Temple of Jaffa
Turns out Kobi Farhi Is not just the lead singer of local metal band, 'Orphaned Land', but he is also an aspiring interior decorator. With a little help from his friends, he turned a deserted apartment in an old building in Jaffa Into a beautiful temple
Location: Michelangelo St. Jaffa
Size: 75 square feet, 3 bedrooms
Seniority: One year and seven months. Renting
Happily living: Kobi Farhi (41), lead singer for metal band, ‘Orphaned Land’, and Siso (1.5) the cat.
Farhi lives in an old Jaffa building that was built 100 years ago. The building was abandoned for two decades until it was remodeled and styled by Maya Branitzky, his partner at ‘Safa’ design project.
Created by Maya Branitzky, on the fridge you’ll find quotes from the Quran and from a song about the magic in music written by Khalil Gibran.
Kabbalah and Jewish prayer books, religious memorabilia, and a photograph by photographer Dina Beva Shutman that holds Farhi’s ambivalent attitude towards religion are all on display. “Jaffa is a little place where a mixed population share coexistence”, he says. “You can find here holy crosses on windows during Christmas, a sparkling crescent on Ramadan, and shining menorah candles lit from door to door on Hanukkah. We as a band try to take all that as inspiration from the bleeding Middle East in which we live."
Paper clips of the band from 25 countries around the world were pasted on the coffee table in the living room. “An arm chair from my grandmother’s house I padded with my old jeans”. A record player and a record library. “I’ve decided to stop listening to music on YouTube, and to only buy vinyl records, like the old days”. A record themed stool in the living room’s music corner. A cactus plant growing between old bars and rusted chains: “I am a metal singer after all,” he laughs.
The bedroom display wood trunks Farhi found on the street and carried them all the way home. The bathroom was designed with the help of the artist Irad Martziano Tziger and was inspired by artists’ dressing rooms backstage. On the walls you’ll find portraits of Farhi’s favorite artists and memorabilia from Orphaned Land’s adventures overseas. Even the shower head is in the shape of a microphone.
On the porch: Sunflowers and an alarm clock Farhi was given by a Muslim fan in a long line to one of Orphaned Land’s shows in Europe. “The clock screams “Allahu Akbar” in a very high volume, so I have no choice but to wake up. After a while I moved it to the porch. I’m musician. I wake up whenever I want to.”