In the 1930’s, the White City (Tel Aviv) was adorned with various types of wooden shutters: Rol-up shutters, sliding shutters and wing shutters, painted in different colors or kept natural. All of them became an important part of the buildings’ aesthetic.
The wooden shutters made in the 1930’s were also the first to be damaged – Time, weather damage, sea salt and pests broke down the original shutters till they crumbled – There were almost no samples of the originals left in the city.
When we begin a restoration project, we base it on the original file found in the municipality archive. However, the new shutters are made with modern techniques to treat the wood so that it lasts throughout the years.
To restore the shutters we chose the durable Meranti wood – Grown in Europe with an abundance of water throughout the year. The moisture prevents the wood from becoming too dry in the Israeli summer.
The slats of the shutters as well as the frame are handmade by an expert carpenter to create shutters that perfectly replicate the originals.
When the shutters are made, they go through inspection, pest prevention treatment and then to painting in a unique process exclusive to Noga Nagarut. The process requires seven layers of water based paint that absorbs into the wood to protect it from weather damage, sea salt and pests.
When the shutters are ready we create the rest of the windows’ features – Handles, locks, and the inner frame (concealed in the wall so that it doesn’t protrude into the interior of the room).
To our wing shutters we’ve added the traditional Menchalach (little people) stoppers – Common in Tel Aviv in the 1930’s. The Menchalach keep the wing of the shutter open and protected from the wind. The Menchalach are cast in Bronze according to either an older or newer design and are meant to hint at the romantic days of 1930’s Tel Aviv.