The founder of Tobias Oliver writes about coming back to Berkhamsted, his interior design inspirations and three stand out local projects
BY Tobias Trigg
Being creative has always been intrinsic to me. I was fortunate enough to travel a lot as a child with my family. Seeing different countries and cultures inspired my creative nature, I felt motivated to learn more about other cultures and their histories through exploring museums and sifting my way through shops and marketplaces.
I started my training at the Chelsea College of Art & Design to confirm I wanted to specialise in interior design. After this I went to the Regents University in London to gain two degrees in Interior Design, one British and one American, which means I have the correct accreditations to work as a professional interior designer around the world.
Before launching my business, I gained experience across the different arenas of interior design, from commercial boutique, to hotels and offices, and finally high-end interior design. I wanted to be sure that I focused on the area of design I was going to be most passionate about.
My inspiration to launch Tobias Oliver came from my family. We are all self-starters, and it has always been my goal to open my own design studio once I had the correct amount of experience in the field of interior design. I wanted to go above and beyond the client’s design aspirations, to add that something special they were not expecting and achieve that wow factor.
We are experts in tonal interiors that seamlessly work throughout the house, but always with a hint of quirk and fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously here and I think that is important when it comes to interior design. Otherwise, we don’t have a typical in-house style, instead we focus on our client’s design aspirations and guide them through the design process to achieve their dream outcome.
We are typically recommended by word of mouth, and new clients will first meet us at our interior design showroom in Berkhamsted – which we opened in 2019 and also houses an art gallery – where we showcase the level of interior design we strive to achieve (pictured top of the page). This is then followed by a site visit at the clients’ home – once these stages are complete, we would have a good sense of the relationship between the client and designers, which is of vital importance. Once the client is happy with our proposals, we begin the design process.
Having grown up in Berkhamsted it felt natural for me to come back here. I love the local sense of community and support. Most of my family and friends also work or live here and that’s an aspect of my life that is really important to me.