May 25, 2012

The apple never falls far from the tree. Proof, once again, of the age-old adage is this very recent installation by artist Mika Utzon Popov (grandson of the demi-god/architect of Sydney’s Opera House). Take one fairly banal building, site it in a great location (immensely appealing to the glitterati, this slightly gritty street off the King’s Cross…) and commission a visionary artist to create a conversation-starter installation. It’s a sure recipe for success.

Looking at Popov’s poetic flock of doves, cut from metal plate and secured by a simple chemset rod, I find myself thinking of Gio Ponti’s knowingly naive enamel decorative pieces, most often set into walls of entrances, sitting rooms and, most remarkably, those fantastic faceted-tiled exteriors throughout his hometown, Milan. Reminding us, once again, that in the right hands, ornamentation is so very far from a crime.

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May 18, 2012

Our latest concept for fine oak artisans Tongue and Groove – Inspired by their dedication to design and innovation, we’ve created a walk-in light-box made entirely of their timber flooring panels. The visitor is drawn into a surrounding space where light is captured and reflected through a series of faceted planes and lenses, accentuating the beautiful textures and high versatility of their product from an entirely new perspective.

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May 11, 2012

Tobias Partners recently made its debut on Contemporist – an international online publication dedicated to Architecture, Interiors, Furniture, Lighting and Design. And we’re among some very good company, indeed! The site is a great source of news and inspiration for us, so we’re delighted to have some of our work included in its repertoire of great design projects from around the world.

Two of our projects from recent years were published – Mooramie and Parsley House, which you can check out here.

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May 8, 2012

Recently, I was sent a copy of the extraordinary Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors, an impressive tome that is essentially a reflection of all aspects of the world’s biggest luxury group, Louis Vuitton Moët Henessey (LVMH). The featured fashion present, of course, the nec plus ultra of chic. But the architect’s eye focuses on LV’s total dedication to show-casing its creations in buildings designed by names of a stature to match LV’s own: Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Jun Aoki, Gregoire Gilliot, Kengo Kuma, Kumiko Inui, Christian de Potzamparc, Jean-Marc Sandrolini, & Christian Reyne – all amazing guys with very particular attributes that the client allows to flourish under its stewardship. But the coup de grâce is undoubtedly LVMH’s dedication to New York-based designer (he stared his career at Warhol’s Factory) Peter Marino, who creates marvelously united brand stories with his consistently glamorous interior fit-outs.

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May 1, 2012

The early stages of our most recent alteration and extension project is looking very much like a Meccano set!

We’re fortunate enough to work some of the best building companies Australia has to offer, and Bellevarde Constructions are, of course, no exception – they’re doing a fantastic (and particularly tidy) job of fitting these custom-made steel sections to an existing structure with surgical accuracy. These guys are the “swiss-watch maker” of builders!

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