Old Boys win Gold and Silver at Design Awards
Melbourne architecture, interior and urban design agency Ewert Leaf has picked up two major awards at the 2016 Melbourne Design Awards winning gold and silver.
The company, founded in 2009 by co-directors and old boys Toby Ewert (OB 2000) and Will Leaf (OB 1996), collected a Gold Award for the contemporary apartment redevelopment it designed for a large corner block overlooking Malvern Gardens. In the same competition, Ewert Leaf won a Silver Award for the interior of the new South Yarra premises of Black Leopard Skincare. Located in a heritage shop front in Chapel Street, the building hosts the flagship store for men’s-only skincare range Black Leopard.
The company has a history of picking up awards across commercial and residential projects. It has won numerous honours in the Melbourne Design Awards for residential and commercial properties, including Hawk & Hunter, Aer Bar, Feast of Merit and Cobb Lane Bakery, over the past few years.
Toby and Will who met as students at Brighton Grammar and later played football together, are involved in every project. All aspects of the design are completed in-house. Their focus on marrying creative and commercial elements of a project – they are developers as well as architects – helps them to walk in their clients’ shoes.
A registered architect with a degree in architecture and property development, Will understands the commercial reality of developer-driven projects and is known for his ability to develop commercially viable, cost-effective designs for complex projects. He has worked extensively in China and India, and was the project architect on the $3 billion New Delhi Terminal 3, overseeing 35 local architects.
Toby has acquired extensive expertise in the commercial, retail and hospitality sectors during 12 years in the industry and has led many successful and award-winning projects. Toby brings an invaluable mix of creativity and commercial proficiency to hospitality ventures. His in-depth understanding of the complexities of the design, procurement and operational processes makes him uniquely placed to balance design with commercial reality.