February 28, 2014

It’s shaping up to be a bumper year, here at Tobias Partners. The practice is a tight army of top-notch architects and designers and 2014 is going to stretch our skills – diplomatic as well as technical – to the max. We’ve got private house projects up and down the coast, from Roseville to Lavender Bay. Like Fran Lebovitz in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, we cover the waterfront!

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November 12, 2013

What can we say? Arguably the most iconic harbourside home, one of the most spectacular views of the Opera House, City and Bridge, an immaculate aspect out to the Heads… the superlative has not yet been invented to sum up the breath-taking nature of this site. And we are chuffed to have been chosen to massage Altona into the 21st century, making this historic home into the ultimate high luxury contemporary living experience. Stay tuned for details!






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August 30, 2013

We’ve just inked the deal on a fantastic new mixed-use project – a ground floor retail space and two rooftop apartments –adjacent to one of Sydney’s signature, heritage-listed terrace rows on leafy Roslyn Gardens, Elizabeth Bay. It’s an exciting challenge to come up with a modern idiom to sit seamlessly alongside such vigorous Victorian architecture.

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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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June 3, 2013

Doing great work for a great client is so rewarding. Seeing that work recognised by a jury of our peers is awesome! So happy, then, that our design for the Tongue n Groove showroom has scooped the Best Retail and Best in State prizes at the 2013 Australian Interior Design Awards. In a very real sense, this award recognizes the client’s audaciousness of brief as much as our response to it. At a time when retail is suffering enormously, it is our belief that strong, conceptually coherent design will win the day, forging a path ahead of the pack. As online shopping becomes increasingly common, retail today has to be a total immersion experience.

Thanks to the jury for commending the ‘clarity, assuredness and spirit’ of the project – we take it as the Tobias Partners motto. My thanks also to Edmund Spencer and Pia Wolanski of Tobias Partners for their invaluable input as well …

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May 31, 2013

It’s always a delight to see Tobias Partners’ projects featured in the press. For the affirmation, of course. But also, and even more importantly, for the pleasure of reading the critics’ interpretations of our work. We were particularly thrilled to read Chris Pearson’s insightful interpretation of our recently completed, somewhat sprawling house in Bronte in this month’s Belle magazine. Pearson digs right back to Tobias Partner’s roots; even before Nick Tobiss set up the practice, he toured Europe’s classical architectural gems with the late, great interior designer John Coote, and quite rightfully hones in on Nick’s fascination with Palladian villas. While this Bronte home is avowedly down-to-earth in its glamour, we gleefully accept Chris’ point about “proportion, scale and gravitas”. Recommended reading.

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May 21, 2013

Last week saw the inauguration of the TP-designed library of the Montessori School in Bondi. Total disclosure number 1: my wife Miranda Darling is, among many other talents, a published author. Total disclosure number 2: my two boys, Samson and Griffin are enrolled as students at this school. These facts made the importance of reading – a reality sometimes relegated to the realm of abstract truism – a total home-grown truth, indeed our focus here at Tobias Partners as we worked on the design and delivery of a key component of this terrific school’s offer.

We are really chuffed to have been able to have made a significant donation to the library through design, documentation and management of the library project. Keeping it simple, we opted for a gridded structure in unfinished ply wood that took full advantage of the natural light flooding into the library precinct of the building. Leaving the room as uncluttered as possible means that …

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April 19, 2013

The latest issue of Houses magazine just arrived at the Studio, and we were delighted to read Adam Haddow’s review of our recently-completed Northern Beaches House. Haddow places NB House in the long tradition emanating from Philip Johnson’s Glass House of 1948 and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House of 1951 – and of course we are honoured to be counted in such lustrous company. It’s a seven-page story, with terrific pictures by Justin Alexander, and – this is something we really like about Houses magazine – several floorplans as well. They also include a full fact sheet of the various subcontractors we use – it’s great to see these excellent craftsmen getting a shout out. Houses magazine issue 91 – out now.


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