At Faber, we’re pretty good at sharing the amazing work we do through our Portfolio and Before and After pages. But we thought it was high time we allowed you a peek at our inner workings; a closer look at the team responsible for making the magic happen; who they are, what they do – plus 10 quickfire questions to see what really makes them tick.

This is Tony, our co-founder and Creative Director. Originally from the fishing town of Grimsby, Tony came to Birmingham five years ago to set up Faber’s main studio in the Custard Factory, Digbeth. Since then, he’s worked with the likes of Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes and a host of exciting restaurant and bar operators across the country.

He’s always had an interest in the hospitality industry, having worked in various restaurants in his youth and, after studying Interior Design Environment Architecture at Ravensbourne, later decided to specialise in restaurant and bar design – and thus, Faber was born.

Quickfire questions:

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Charming, handsome, deluded.

What is your greatest achievement?
Assembling the fantastic team of people that make Faber what it is.

What made you want to become a designer?
As a kid, I always loved drawing and wanted to be an architect; the problem was I was always messing about at school and getting into trouble. Having left school and enrolled on a YTS scheme for the princely sum of £30 per week, I eventually got my act together and went to art school which then got me to university. At that time, interior architecture seemed like the closest I could get to my dream. As it turned out, I would never want to be an architect now as I love what we do.

What is your favourite Faber project?
I love them all, but the first Adam’s restaurant (for Adam Stokes, 1 Michelin Star) was a gateway project for us.

What is your feel-good song?
That’s a hard one. I would say Bjork, Isobel.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Choosing one place is almost impossible, I want to see it all. If it could only be one, Japan.

How would you describe your perfect weekend?
Chilling at home in our converted 1920s factory (with all of the building work finished).

What are you most afraid of?
Spiders that are bigger than 35mm.
Failure.

Pet hates?
People dropping litter (or even worse throwing it out of a car window), lazy people, dishonest people.

What three items could you not live without?
Laptop, mobile phone, asthma inhaler.