The Tobias Touch
When the owners of Tobias Partners' homes open their front doors, it feels as though they are inviting guests to understand a piece of themselves
Tobias Partners build homes which are so in touch with their owners, that distinct personas seem to glimmer from within the walls and furniture, as if mimicking the inhabitants.
One such home is Booth House whose owner feels that the property is a direct representation of his own perspective on life. “It appears from the outside to be ordinary, but once inside it is full of detail with lots to offer. I have always been a detailed person with lots to offer,” he comments.
The residence plays with space by employing varying volumes, some areas overhanging others, some spaces of double heights, with many of these spaces meeting a semi-internal courtyard. This modern layout provides elegance to the home, whilst an industrial aura was added through its steel frame and stainless steel kitchen which pay subtle homage to the owner’s love of riding and collecting motorcycles.
Tobias Partners also succeeded in tapping into the owner’s personality with the Campbell House. At the time it was constructed, it was the home of Tobias Partners’ Managing Director Nick Tobias, and so the home reflected his own approach to design, “simple, honest, strong gestures rather than complex details,” he says.
“I don’t like to over embellish architecture, but I like the inside to reflect the individual through art, books and furniture.”
This is why, Tobias explains, the furnishings of the Campbell house were eclectic, because they were reflecting a time in his life when he was beginning to collect interesting pieces and the furniture became a direct statement on this inherent impulsivity.
Tobias Partners’ appreciation for light ensures its abundance in the home and is obvious in the back room where the sun streams through, making this space the original owner’s favourite. He reminisces about how he used to lie on the heated concrete floor with a newspaper on a Sunday afternoon and watch as the light streamed in above him. “I one hundred per cent had that in mind when designing it,” he laughs.
With this comment it becomes clear that Tobias Partners have the genuine foresight to design homes that work together with their owners and reflect their ways of life.