Beit Kandinof, a new space combining art, classes, events and dining, has opened on Hazorfim St. in Jaffa, in a 17th century structure comprising what was once three independent buildings. The commercial art space was founded by Arianna Fornaciai and her partner Amir Erlich. “We had a vision of launching an accessible venue, where people can experience art in a different way, eat delicious food, sip a drink at the bar and also take part in our classes,” explains Fornaciai. “There are four partners in total and we each play a different role to ensure a smooth running and fulfilment of our individual ideas across the board.”

Fornaciai, whose father was the first contemporary art dealer in Italy, is an artist herself and in charge of selecting the art collections, in addition to teaching a selection of classes. “All the art on display is Israeli and we aim to support new and emerging designers. The exhibitions change monthly to keep the content fresh and everything you see is for sale.” A range of painting and drawing classes and workshops are open to the public. The space also hosts events and live music sessions throughout the day and night.

“The building really has the wow factor and we’re constantly tweaking the design and adding to the layout,” says Fornaciai. “The furniture is all locally sourced and carefully selected to blend with our aesthetic, with the space itself dynamic in nature, which allows us to also cater to all types of private events.”

The restaurant serves a day menu, including a Jaffa style breakfast, and evening menu with classic bar bites, greens, local kitchen meals and desserts. “It’s chef twists on traditional dishes, a real fusion of Middle-Eastern delights and offers a new way to combine art and fine dining. We also have a seated bar which serves a delicious selection of cocktails, among other drinks.”

“We’re located in close proximity to Jaffa’s Flea Market, which attracts an international mix of tourists and we have many people drop in with curiosity about the space,” says Fornaciai. “This, alongside our PR and social media buzz, has brought in such a diverse a crowd of people.”

Beit Kandinof is Monday-Saturday, from 10am until last customer. Art work can be shipped internationally