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Furniture

Around Table

Made in: Sweden Designed by: Thomas Bentzen I am: Coffee Table/Side Table About Me: The shape and frame make Around functional and elegant, and simultaneously give the table a warm and welcoming appearance. The tables work well on their own or in groups of two, three or more. Materials: Ash plywood for edge, plywood for table top, solid ash for legs   Dimensions: SMALL - Height 46 cm, Ø 45 cm LARGE - Height 37,5 cm, Ø 72 cm. COLOURS - Ash, Oak, Grey, Black, Yellow, Red Inadesignerhome inadesignerhome.com.auabc
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Caesarstone iPhone App

“As innovators and leaders in quartz surfaces it was a natural progression to take our service offer to the next level and develop an iPhone App to assist our customers on the go!” Says Linda Hannah Marketing Communications Manager – Caesarstone Australia   Specifically designed with end consumers in mind the Caesarstone® App is the ideal pocket size sales tool accessible at any time. Designed to inspire with creative ideas and information, whether you are embarking on a kitchen or bathroom renovation or building your new home the Caesarstone App will assist you along the way with designing your dream.   Key features available on the new Caesarstone® App include: Our Caesarstone® Catalogue, showcasing all 4 Caesarstone® collections - Classico™, Supremo®, Motivo® and Concetto®. Where to Buy/View, an extension of the Caesarstone website’s “where to view”, finding your nearest Caesarstone showroom display has never been so easy! Visualizer, a clever and interactive feature, simply take a photo and match your desired colour with the available Caesarstone collection and colour, finding your closest match couldn’t be easier. An Interactive Design Module, A ‘drag and drop’ feature, allowing users to match Caesarstone’s vast range of collections and colours with a selection of cabinet door shades, creating different kitchen and bathrooms ideas to inspire. Share your ideas using the My Notebook feature, Save favourite colours and designs to the notebook to compare, review and share on facebook. This original application is yet another touch point to enhance our brand promise as we continue to innovate and further develop the Caesarstone® brand offering to our customers across all platforms. The “Caesarstone” App is free and can be downloaded for iPhone users at the Apple store. Caesarstone caesarstone.com.auabc
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Asymmetric Duo Bath

Designed by:  Phoenix Design Stuttgart/Tokyo   Made by: KALDEWEI I am: A bath About Me: Combining a sense of style with the pioneering spirit, perfecting the synthesis of comfort and elegance whilst never losing sight of the meticulous passion for detail – this is a task that Kaldewei faces time and again in the development of new products. The European market leader for baths and shower trays presents a subtle design object for the bathroom that cleverly plays with the principle of imbalance: timeless, aesthetic design language meets comfortable functionality in the form of a wide bath rim on one side that serves as a seat or for storage, but can also be used for the individual positioning of fittings. Creating excitement with contrasting imbalances   Bathrooms that enable the bather to combine function and enjoyment harmoniously in a design-orientated bath are the measure of all things. In the new Asymmetric Duo, Kaldewei has created a bath that more than meets this requirement: thanks to its timelessly elegant, straight-lined design with clear structures and organic interiors, the model progresses from the Ahlen-based company’s Avantgarde segment to the stylish focal point of the modern bathroom. The clear and precise shape of the asymmetrical bath with the wider rim on one side creates a charming contrast to the ergonomic, flowing character of its interior.  An optical highlight that not only creates tension but also offers the bather various options for use according to how the bath is aligned, and in doing so adapts to his (or her) individual requirements for functionality. A bath with a comfort zone   The wider design of the bath rim – 12 cm, 15.5 cm or 18.5 cm, depending on the size of the bath – gives the Asymmetric Duo a greater spatial dimension. If it is aligned against the wall, its spaciousness provides the option of positioning the bath rim fittings with total individuality. Likewise, the bather can also use the bath rim as a spacious storage shelf for bath utensils, books or candles. Thus the bath can be enjoyed in an atmospheric ambience – a place to withdraw for relaxing hours away from our daily duties and obligations, to sink, luxuriously, into its warm depths and simply relax and unwind – with everything we need within easy reach. And if the wider rim is positioned into the room, it can be used as a comfortable entry or exit point. Children and adults will benefit from this extraordinary level of comfort and safety just as much as older people will, as it gives them the option of resting on the wider rim for a moment before entering or exiting the bath.   Aesthetic details, homogeneous materiality   Elegant and balanced, the rectangular enamelled outflow cover – in the same colour as the bath – fits absolutely flush in the bottom of the bath, and emphasises the integral design of the Asymmetric Duo. Depending on the installation situation, the overflow can be positioned either on the side with the wide rim or on the opposite side. The Asymmetric Duo was designed by Phoenix Design Stuttgart/Tokyo, and is available in three different sizes: 170 x 80, 180 x 90 and 190 x 100 cm. An exceptional focal point, it thus becomes a stylish design object in the most diverse spatial concepts that cleverly plays with design contrasts, and surrounds itself with the delightful charm of asymmetry.   Materials: KALDEWEI 3.5mm Steel Enamel Dimensions:  available in three different sizes: 170 x 80, 180 x 90 and 190 x 100 cm Bathe bathe.net.au Twitter: @BatheAustraliaabc
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Timms’ Bach, by Herbst Architects

After seeing a home designed by Herbst Architects he approached the duo to create a very basic 'bach' for him at Waikuku Beach, north of Christchurch. In 2011 the New Zealand Institute of Architect’s recognised ‘Timms' Bach’ by Herbst Architects, as a superb piece of design

The jury citation noted that: “Layered and veiled screens of timber and glass are organized into a simple orthogonal plan to create a retreat featuring moody light, shady verandahs and a relaxing outdoor room. A warm and rich palette is a delightful surprise after the bleached and natural exterior, where timber and stone combine to create a seemingly quintessential bach.”

The 'bach' that Timms seems to have a place for everything and everything in its place. A lovely harmony between the environment and the structure persists throughout. The 'bach' offers several shared zones suitable for enjoying the site whether it is hot or cold.

Herbst Architects (who also designed House Under Pohutukawa Trees in Piha North) are a formidable firm  founded by the partnership of Lance and Nicola Herbst in 2000. The practice maintains a small office with a focus on design-led projects.

The recipients of multiple NZIA awards for architecture, their work has been published extensively, both locally and internationally. The practice has completed a wide range of building types in the areas of residential, commercial, educational and healthcare.

As an architectural practice their core mission is to make a positive and meaningful contribution to the built environment through excellence in architecture.

 

View more work by Herbst.

Read the article on Nicola and Lance Herbst in issue 9 of Habitus magazine. Contact us to order a copy.

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Soft landing; The Surin Phuket

A resort originally designed by Paris-based American Architect Ed Tuttle, Tuttle was recently called upon to reinvigorate The ol’ Chedi. Overlooking Pansea Beach, a Thai beach house mood was injected with a heavy dose of luxe. Tuttle has updated and improved the resort to give it calm and tranquil interiors and amenities. Thatched cottages sit under a shelter of coconut palms on landscaped slopes that gently descend to meet the white sand beach. Here the white sand and crystal clear waters are key selling points. All the roofs of the cottages are thatched so that their geometric forms counterpoint the irregular shapes of the surrounding plant life and rock formations. The interiors are contemporary. Also designed to contrast with the landscape, the palette and materials softly echo the indigenous values of Thai culture. This is firstly demonstrated by Tuttle’s choice of textiles, natural colours, and historical art to complement each suite. Secondly the textured fabrics in distinctive hues of green, saffron, and gold, are the same colours as those used in the spiritual traditions of the ‘Wat’ or temple – the centre of Thai community. A western dialogue exists between exterior and exterior. For example the choice of a herringbone floor pattern for the library is traditional as is that restaurant’s dramatic lighting. The umbrella-shaped ceiling of the restaurant is made from wood, but the floors and walls are made out of grey granite, as are the steps that lead to the hexagonal pool. Tuttle who says he practices “design as a basis for the human lifestyle, whether it’s a residence or a hotel,” happily explains “that it’s about making the individual feel comfortable and stimulated in a space that functions well.” Tuttle spent much of his early career in Asia designing hotels and resorts for Amanresorts in Thailand and Indonesia. Later he worked on the resorts in France and the United States. He has had his offices DesignRealised in Paris since that late 1970’ss but he currently splits his time between Thailand and France. Tuttle lives and breathes Asian architecture although he is also famed for this work on the interior of the Park Hyatt Vendome in 2003. With a similar approach Tuttle used materials that were typically used in Paris during the 19th century but gave them a contemporary twist. The Park Hyatt Paris located on Rue de la Paix, that is just minutes from place de la Concorde, and is a unique hotel where site five buildings were joined together to form one 188-room hotel. The Surin Phuket Design Hotels Design Hotels Phone: Toll Free (Aust. Only):  1800 667731  abc
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Carbon fibre kitchens from Studio Becker

Designed by: Fiona Lochtenberg, Studio Becker, Australia Made by: Studio Becker, in Germany, with additional customizing/finishing in Italy I am: For the kitchen About Me: Carbon fibre is originally known for revolutionizing Formula 1 racing cars, and also popular in aerospace and civil engineering, carbon fibre is a lightweight, strong, heat resistant and easily moulded material. It lends itself beautifully to the endless possibilities and custom craftsmanship of Studio Becker’s bespoke collections. Shown here in a charcoal grey finish.   Shown here in charcoal grey finish, but also available in silver and blue.   Materials: Carbon Fibre Dimensions: Made to Measure   Studio Becker 52-54 Turner Street Redfern NSW 2016 T +61 2 9698 8870 F + 61 2 9698 8863 info@studiobecker.com.au studiobecker.com.au abc
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Places

Bondi Hardware

Since opening in late 2011, Bondi Hardware has fast become a favourite amongst locals.  Originally a hardware store, the bar’s look and feel draws on the history of the site.  The result is a rustic venue that promotes relaxation in everything from the food and wine, to the quirky interiors. Here Amanda Vallis asks owners Ben Carrol and Hamish Watts along with their Design Consultant Virginie Pepin how they managed to create their mood and stay (almost) with in their budget. What inspired your design concept for the restaurant fit out? Ben:  When we found the site and it was an old hardware store and it just came together.  As soon as we walked in we knew that’s what we were doing. What kind of ‘mood’ did you set out to create? Virginie:  The rusticity of the place came about from the food initially. The concept was good quality, low fuss and that real Jamie Oliver-style where the food is organic and fresh, healthy and honest.  We wanted the environment to reflect that so when we were throwing around pictures of food and different ways to style it was really influential in the overall design.  We use wooden boards, terracotta and lots of raw tones and earthiness.  What kind of challenges did you face from initial concept design to opening the doors?      Ben: Council definitely threw a few curve balls at us and created a few hurdles along the way.  You sort of comply to a few things that you wouldn’t really want to.  We had to change our business model around particular conditions that they put on our license. Which ‘experts’ did you enlist to get the job done (interior designers, stylists, carpenters etc.) Ben:  It was basically just Glen Brown, our builder (Blue Sky Construction), the chippys and the three of us. What kind of upkeep/maintenance is required to maintain the look you have created on a daily basis? Ben: Aside from the rubbing the bar, which is made from Blue Steel with Penitrol (a type of surface primer) every few weeks to stop it from rusting, not a whole lot, thankfully. Many restaurants/bars go for a basic design approach and attract customers purely due to their food and wine.  Why did you choose to go the extra mile with the look/feel /theme of the place? Hamish: We wanted to give the place integrity and authenticity.  We wanted it to feel like the place has been here forever and we’ve really tried to encompass that both through the design of place but also through our food. What did your original design and fit out budget look like and what kind of proportion did it bear of your overall setup costs? Ben: We had a rough idea of how much we could afford to spend but we basically took things as they came.  We really did go out of our way to save money.  We made the tables ourselves and Virginie was spending weekends in auction houses sourcing things we needed.  It ended up being about 10-20 % of our overall budget plus the cost of labour. Did you exceed your design budget or stay within it? Hamish:  We exceeded it, definitely. How willing were you to go beyond your budget in order to achieve the result you desired? Ben: There were certain things that we were really determined to do.  Our skylight, for example, was a big cost, but we knew we wanted to have it.  We were really fortunate though, to have a builder who was great at coming up with ways to do things as cheaply as possible without compromising on quality or design. What sort of compromises did you make? Or how did you get around certain budget limitations? Hamish:  We went to this great place down South called Rockdale Heritage Centre and we would find some great pieces.  I found huge iron gates that I really had my heart set on but at the end of the day we just couldn’t afford them.  Glen was a big help with the silo.  We originally had a wood-fired pizza oven there and Glen has this thing where he hates the look of wood-fired pizza ovens and we tend to agree so we thought how can we disguise it?  So we decided to make it 10 times bigger.  The bricks we used for that came from a demolition up the road in Bronte.  So we really have used a lot of recycled materials in the fit-out. How does your space complement the food you serve? Virginie:  We serve good, honest food and we use organic ingredients where possible.  We put a lot of thought in to the look and styling of the food, how it is set out on the plate and what it’s served on.  We use lots of terracotta and wooden boards to reflect that rusticity that we want to achieve.  You can come here after a swim at the beach and have a salad or some sliders and a beer with mates.  We’re not pretentious and everything is just really relaxed. Bondi Hardware Bondi Hardware.com.auabc
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Cartier celebrates its new Melbourne Address

On the evening of Thursday 2 February Cartier Maison hosted a glittering red carpet event in the Grand Lobby of 101 Collins Street, Melbourne. The highly anticipated event attracted VIPs, celebrities and media personalities, including Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, model Rachael Finch and fashion designers Yeojin Bae, Richard Nylon,Toni Maticevski, J’Aton. Dressed to impress in the brand’s iconic red hue, guests arrived to discover the Cartier Maison awash in red lights and replete with bellboys in full regalia. Guests sipped Champagne and posed for photographs before they they drifted through the grand entrance of 101 Collins (next door to the new Cartier Maison) to behold the entire Grand Lobby transformed into a glorious representation of the legendary Cartier red jewellery box. Hosting the exclusive event was the Regional Managing Director of Cartier South East Asia – Australia, Christopher Kilaniotis. together with the head of Cartier Australia Vincent Vuillaume and the Lord Mayor, who officially opened the new boutique. Cartier was a French family of jewellers established in 1847 who survived until 1964. Cartier were known for many distinctive pieces including "Bestiary" the animal shaped collection of jewellery that are best illustrated by the Panthère brooch of the 1940s created for Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. Also very famous for the house of Cartier was the diamond necklace created for Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala (who lived from 1891-1938). This tiered necklace has become a signature of the Cartier, who are known for their opulence. Though the inventor of the modern wristwatch is disputed, Louis Cartier is said to have created the first male wristwatch in 1904 for the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont. Louis invented a flat wristwatch after his friend complained of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This style of watch then became popular with Cartier's many clients and hence the "Santos" was born. This was the first men's wristwatch although Patek Phillipe made the first wristwatch, but for a woman and as a one-off. www.cartier.com abc
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Jenni Carbins: In Conversation

After working within the arts for a number of years – in various marketing roles for music, film, theatre, literature and dance – Jenni Carbins picked up sticks and moved to London, landing a role as Director of Marketing at the renowned Southbank Centre, but there was a passion lying dormant. “I’d always loved design and I can’t avoid the fact that I’m Australian. I started thinking ‘Why is there no Australian design in this country?’,” Carbins recalls. “So I went to perhaps the most iconic Australian design brand, Dinosaur Designs. They had 25 years in Australia, a shop in New York and distribution throughout North America, but I asked ‘Why aren’t they in the UK?’. That was the beginning of Matilda.” Working with the London Design Festival in 2010 Carbins launched the Australian design brand, Matilda. In this pilot program 2 reasons became apparent for the lack of Australian design in the UK. The first was price:  “For high-end Australian design, because it’s on the other side of the world, getting it here becomes prohibitively expensive,” she says. “The other reason is that no one has ever really concentrated on it for long enough. No one understood what Australian design was. Over here it’s either ‘Does Australia have design?’ or they think it’s cork hats and didgeridoos.”
So while the new Matilda was championing Australia design, it was clear price would remain an obstacle to import. The answer was local manufacturing. “So the whole concept now is ‘designed in Australia, made in Britain’,” Carbins explains. “Which is working very effectively and because it’s a fresh approach. As opposed to everyone in the UK looking around for the next big thing, we can bring the best emerging and established talent from the other side of the world.”
Aside from Matilda making solid inroads into the UK, Carbins believes that projects such as the Broached Commissions have the potential to really cement our design identity. “I think the Broached Commissions taps into the things that are uniquely Australian: its history, its culture and its craft. The hope is that the philosophy behind these limited edition pieces will begin to influence other designers’ production pieces.” “Australian design is fresh because remoteness is a strength. There’s a level of innovation that comes from this that defines Australian design.” abc
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New generation tiles from Earp Bros.

Leading tile supplier, Earp Bros, has recorded a surge in interest in wall and floor tiles suitable for living spaces such as bedrooms – a place where tiles were not traditionally specified. “New generation tiles perfectly replicate prized natural resources such as timber and stone, and the highly priced textures like rusted metal and high gloss glass.  Yet in every case our tiles utilise sustainable materials such as clay and natural pigments and are made in a highly sophisticated factory that is water and energy efficient and recycles most of its own waste,” says Richard Earp, Managing Director of Earp Bros. “Another significant factor in the shift to tiles is cost – homeowners are discovering they can achieve exactly the look they want with our tiles, at a fraction of the cost,” he says. Tiles are certainly the on-trend aesthetic element for interiors.  Our love of highly textured, beautifully neutral stones; the warm, organic aura of timber; and the raw richness of rusted metal is completely satisfied with the very latest offerings from brands such as Porcelanosa and Venis. PAR-KER, from Porcelanosa Group, is a collection of porcelain tiles that so closely replicates timber floorboards it is virtually impossible to tell the difference, (even at close quarters).  With an extensive range of finishes, colours and grains and manufactured in floorboard dimensions, PAR-KER can be used on walls and floors, and even in wet areas because it will not warp, fade or stain and it does not  require any sanding or sealing. Arizona is a floor and wall tile that brings together the soft, muted colours of sand, stone and shadow-play found in parched desert landscapes with the highly textural surface of sand and rock particles.  It resembles an exquisite quartzite stone and yet its highly textured, sandy appearance belies the fact that it is, in fact, completely smooth and hence easy to keep clean. For the wow factor, the dimensional tile has also really come to the fore lately. This is a three-dimensional look for the wall that creates a visual play on light, texture and monochromatic schemes.  Tiles such as Dunas and Qatar – inspired by the sinuous lines of desert sand dunes – are available in black or white and create a visual focal point for any room. Crystal, by Venis, is a large format, rectified, glass glazed tile that measures 333 x 1000mm and creates near perfect mirror-reflection.  It exactly replicates the look of colour-backed glass, for a fraction of the cost and is great for bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. And for the rough luxe look of rusted metal – the perfect canvas for organic textiles, hand-made ceramics and crafted timber furnishings – the Venis Ironker rectified porcelain tile in the beautifully rusted patina of Cobre is the perfect answer.  And unlike rusted metal, it is easy underfoot, effortless to maintain and retains its original time worn patina for its entire life! Mosaics lend instant texture and exoticism to an interior, they create variations of shine and shade together with interplays of light – they can have a precious lustre or they can be highly polished and light reflective.  Or they can be like Sidney, rich, textured and full of deep colour – check them out! Tiles are definitely a significant force on the radar for innovative interiors that pay more than lip service to sustainable, affordable living – with style! All tiles mentioned are available from Earp Bros – go to www.earp.com.au Tel:                      (02)  9410 3222abc
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BOLON sets a new standard with “CREATE”

'Create' is Bolon’s most versatile collection ever and offers a broad palette of creative possibilities. Bolon is the "World leader in woven flooring". Founded in 1949, Bolon offers the market unique design focussed flooring for public areas such as hotels, offices and retail outlets. The newly-developed weaving technology means that 'Create' designs  have a three dimensional appearance. The colours shift spectacularly between shades of light and dark, depending on where in the room you are standing. The designs and their look are affected by how the light falls and, how the flooring is laid. The collection is available in a choice of ten designs, half of them plain and half patterned. The brown base of the collection is illuminated by intensely colourful splashes of orange, purple, blue, green and beige and so that each colour and pattern combination infuses the floor with a unique vitality. New, dramatic effects are also be achieved by combining the various designs, colours and patterns - to quite literally bring the floor to life. Bolon products are sold in more than 30 countries today, and customers from well known companies such as Armani, Hilton, Sheraton, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Mont Blanc, as well as architects such as Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano have used the woven flooring to complete their projects. “The new 'Create' collection is an elegant new interpretation of classic Art Deco and has the irresistible look of raw silk with a hitherto unequalled textile quality. To my knowledge there is nothing like it on the market and we are convinced that Bolon is the alternative textile flooring of the future. 'Create' and the new Jacquard weave provide unlimited design scope. Our international architect friends are overwhelmingly in agreement – the world of interior design will never be the same again,” laughs Bolon's Creative Director, Marie Eklund. Materials: Woven Textile Flooring  Dimensions: Modular shapes available in: Tile: (500X500MM), Sheet: (2METRE WIDE), Shapes: Triangle, Plank and New Deco Find out more about Bolon flooring. Phone: 03 9827 1311 URL: www.theandrewsgroup.com.au Email: mark@theandrewsgroup.com.au Bolon Bolon.comabc
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Nick Tobias on the MCA Young Ambassadors Program

Architect Nick Tobias first became a member of the MCA Young Ambassadors program in 2010. Here he explains why he relishes the program and wants to share it with others. Q: What does the MCA Young Ambassador's Program actively promote?  Access to, and engagement with contemporary art, that includes artists, galleries and the art community-at-large. The program introduces the MCA, contemporary art and philanthropy to a brand new generation. Q: What was your favourite private event that you attended during the 2011 program?  A night with Tracey Emin, at the home of art consultant, Amanda Love. The whole house was filled with only Tracey's work. Young Ambassadors got to hear the artist speak about her work, and ask about 40 minutes worth of questions - a very rare treat! Q: Can being involved educate you about contemporary art and its role in society? Or do you need to know plenty about art already? There are many members who have joined the program without any – or little – prior knowledge of contemporary art, and that's great. The point of the program is to educate, awaken one's mind and sensitivities, and to create engagement and dialogue on the issues in today's society that the work addresses - this is the role of contemporary art. There's nothing better for me than witnessing the "ah ha" moment when someone in the early phase of understanding contemporary art suddenly gets it - the program gets you to that "ah ha" moment as quickly as possible and from there it's a whole world of delights. Q: I understand some events take place in private homes and look at private collections can you give me an example of such an event?  Apart from the memorable Emin/Love event mentioned above, I’d have to say the Cameron Residence - originally designed by Glen Murcutt (I believe). Their collection is extensive, however it is diverse and very personal. It's not showy at all. Q: How do you find and promote MCA Young Ambassadors to ensure the right people support it?  The key is the quality of the program and the events. The aim is that over the course of a year, there is something for everyone, and members come away from events feeling nourished, inspired, and desperate for more! Q: How many members do you have in Sydney?  The last time I saw the list there were about 150 members. Q: Do members get the chance to meet artists in person?  Absolutely and often. Only last night we had a night at Helen Eager's studio. Helen does wall paintings and has been commissioned by the MCA to create a major work in the entry foyer of the new building for the opening at the end of March. Please visit the MCA website www.mca.com to see details on how to become a Young Ambassador. MCA Tobias Partners  abc