Objects of Desire
Daryl Toby has built his career on two passions – one for world travel, the other for landscape design.
Indeed, he spends months at a time overseas, seeking out fresh sources for antique construction materials and art objects for use in his firm’s own designs while importing them for others. Here, he shares in words and images the appeal of turning to the past to stoke the creative fires of contemporary watershape and landscape projects.
When you execute complex projects for sophisticated clients, your ability to satisfy them and their tastes by bringing something different or interesting or unique to the table can make all the difference.
As our firm has evolved, we’ve increasingly come to focus on identifying these compelling touches, which for us most often center on old-world influences that resonate, sometimes deeply, with our clients.
I’ve always loved to travel and have spent extended periods in Asia, Latin America and Europe. At some point, it occured to me that by working not only with the principles of classical European and Asian garden design, but also with authentic, imported materials and art objects, the work would take on greater meaning and interest for me – and for my clients as well.