July 25, 2013


As Sydney settles into a cycle of crisp, sunny mid-winter days, I’m getting the urge to splurge on bright colour. Not so much in my interiors (in that department, I still prefer to let texture do the talking…) but in my wardrobe. And if the recent European menswear collections are anything to go by, that’s probably just as well – Spring 2014 is going to pop! I guess the thing that most struck me was the incredible impact of the Burberry catwalk. I’d kind of lost interest in the brand these past seasons, but there’s no resisting the optimistic palette that seemed directly inspired by David Hockney’s Pop Art paintings. The carefree silhouettes, too, recalled Hockney’s own slouchy artist’s attire – mis-fitting sweaters with yawning necklines, oversized great coats, trousers a tad too short. In fact, the whole collection reminded me just what a pretty poster boy Hockney was for the British art scene – and …

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July 19, 2013

We are thrilled to learn that Tobias Partners has been shortlisted for – count them! – four Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in four categories: Designer of the Year – Tobias Partners; Hospitality – for the KMYoga centre; Retail – for the Tongue n Groove showroom; and Single Residential – for Bronte House. The winners will be announced in November – stay tuned.

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July 5, 2013

A few days ago, the Tobias Partners team was invited to tour the sparkling new office tower at 1 Bligh Street. As Sydney’s newest skyscraper, the 27 storey building designed by German group Ingenhoven in collaboration with Australian collective Architectus is remarkable on many fronts. We love its elegant ovoidal form, sliced on a stepped ellipse at the street entrance – creating a dramatic setting for James Angus’ monolithic public sculpture ‘Day In, Day Out’. The double skin floor-to-ceiling glass façade creates a sense of transparency and lightness – such a pleasing contrast to the prevailing opacity of most city buildings. Then there’s the flowing, organic interior form of the open-air full-height atrium. Top Notch. But most of all, this building is remarkable in that it is the first to be awarded 6 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

As the GBCA points out, buildings consume 32% of the word’s …

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