Your home is a collection of new and old, what are some of your favourite vintage pieces?
I’m a bit of a collector at heart. I love collecting vintage finds for our home and my favourite piece is our velour Fleur couch I found on Ebay years ago for $60. We drove out to the ranges to pick it up from a super cute old couple who told us its long history within their family. I love things that come with a backstory. It’s literally falling apart and has random screws holding it together, but I just can’t find anything to top it. 

 

Do you have any things you like to collect?
Art, Books and objects. I’ve always had an obsession with collecting, I’ve gone through so many phases, but books are a huge one. My dream is to have a reference library in my someday dream home. I picture it being a modernist Elieen Grey meets Xavier Corbero style room, with minimalist floor to ceiling shelves stacked full of our amazing book collection. I have a rule, if I see a good book, I have to buy it, and Steve and I buy each other a coffee table book for Christmas and birthdays and try out do each other. We’ve pretty much nailed the books now so have also started to invest in art as gifts to build our collection. I’m a little magpie so I am always on the lookout for collectable pieces in thrift and antique stores. 

"When a space has a distinct character, it speaks to me more than an over-styled space which you can tell isn’t enjoyed and doesn't have an ease of living."
Bobby Clark at home

What makes a space feel good to you?
Personality. I love being able to read the people that inhabit a space by the personalisation of the decor and furniture pieces/art they have chosen. When a space has a distinct character, it speaks to me more than an over-styled space which you can tell isn’t enjoyed or doesn’t have an ease of living. Great, interesting art is really captivating in a space. You can tell a lot about a person or a space by the art on their walls. I also love texture; interesting materials and rich textiles layered through a space make it really inviting and comfortable. The energy is super important to me, I love the Ace Hotel in Sydney. The vibe there brings the interior to life, that’s something that is hard to get right and they have nailed it. 

 

If money was no object, what item or items are on your dream list?
A 1970’s Anfibio Foldable Sofa by Becchi Giovannetti. The older the leather the better.

An antique leather gym mat.

An original Picasso.

An original Tom Polo.

Anything and everything from Castorina & Co on Gertrude St. 

 

You’re an artist and an avid art fan, who would you love an artwork from?
As mentioned before to own a Picasso, I mean that will never happen, but someone did recently find a Picasso plate in an op shop in America, so I am aiming for a ceramic. I would love to own art by Tom Polo, he’s one of my favourite artists. Also, Jack Kabangu. I am obsessed with his work. 

 

A painting by Jack Kabangu
Anfibio Foldable Sofa by Becchi Giovannetti as seen in Argyle Design HQ. Image 1st Dibs
A painting by Australian artist Tom Polo

What role does furniture play in your life?
I like my home to have personality, so I am always looking for interesting pieces of furniture. I don’t have a big budget so I constantly scour marketplace and antique stores for one off pieces that will stand in until it’s time for our grown-up home. We have bought a few pine pieces from Ikea in the past which we always customise. We let our son draw on the Ikea furniture to give them character and now they are some of our favourite pieces. We have these great plain pine drawers in both our rooms, and it’s become a little running practice when people come over, we always let people add to them and let kids draw on them. I love building history with our pieces and not taking our interiors too seriously. Within 8 hours of us getting a new white plaster dining table, our son James stamped it with red ink. I didn’t try to wash it off, I see those things as little time stamps that one day I will look back on and love. Furniture should be interesting, but it also has a function, and I don’t forget that. I like to have fun with it. 

 

What is your least favourite home trend?
Continuous line faces on fucking everything. Get over it. 

 

What would your dream home look like?
My dream home is an old cement factory on the Merri Creek that is definitely not a home. Most people would look at it and see dero concrete and wire fencing, but I look at it and see my dream home. I love brutalist architecture. Steve and I would always stop and daydream about turning it into the sickest home. Creating something inspired by Xavier Corbero, but breaking up the harshness with the backdrop of the creek and incorporating lots of exciting murals on the concrete walls. That and the car park on Grattan Street, just off Lygon Street (Ace Parking). Every time we park there I always say to Steve ‘Imagine converting this into our home’. We would need a tidy few mil to buy that building but the curved concrete levels are so stunning. It’s so vast and iconic.

The dining room featuring a painting by Bobby's husband Steve (AKA Den Holm)
One of Bobby's paintings in her son James' room

Where are your favourite places to eat in Melbourne?
We are currently obsessed with Di Stascio, the steak is 10/10. We also love Cumulus in the city, we always enjoy ourselves a little too much there. For a special meal, nothing beats Cutler and Co, the staff are stunning, we went two years in a row for our anniversary and the waiter remembered us and the conversation we had a year later. That level of service is incredible, good food has to be matched by great staff. 

 

Do you have any home rituals or routines that bring you joy?
I love going out into the garden first thing in the morning. I try not to look at my phone and go outside for an ice bath and stand in silence in the sun first thing. It’s a great way to start the day. I am also going to say the thing that everyone loves but pretends they don’t do… I love switching off at night and watching tv on the couch. A good show and some fucking good snacks, can’t beat it.

The lounge room featuring art by Bobby & Steve alongside collected objects and pieces made by friends.
Bobby's favourite artist - Pablo Picasso
When you enter through the front door you're greeted by books

Short and Sweet ones

House or Apartment? House – every time!

Online or IRL shopping? IRL shopping, I like the experience of shopping.

Morning or Night? Morning – especially a sunny one.

Minimalist or Maximalist? Both.

Coastal holiday or country holiday? Coastal.

Brass or Chrome? Ooooooh I immediately thought chrome, but brass is pretty sexy too.

Digital or analogue? Analogue. sniff the pages, shoot the film!

"Within 8 hours of us getting a new white plaster dining table, our son James stamped it with red ink. I didn’t try to wash it off, I see those things as little time stamps that one day I will look back on and love. Furniture should be interesting, but it also has a function, and I don’t forget that. I like to have fun with it."

All photos: Bobby Clark

You can find more of Bobby and her work at www.bobbyclark.com.au