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dwp | design worldwide partnership appoints Mathew Dalby, as Interior Design Director, Australia & New Zealand

dwp | design worldwide partnership welcomes Mat Dalby as Interior Design Director, Australia & New Zealand. Mat is a multi-disciplinary Creative Director with over 25 years’ experience within the hospitality and high-end residential design sectors. He has collaborated with some of the world’s highest-profile brands and designers including Valentino, Hermes, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen, Steve Leung and Marcel Wanders.

Mat has a track record in designing, delivering and managing hospitality projects across Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Europe, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, South East Asia and the USA and has worked with some of the biggest hotel brands, property developers, construction companies and manufacturers globally.

“Good design and great hotel experiences are achieved through a way of thinking about how individuals use a space and responding to that in an original and inspired way. Everything, everywhere, at all times – that’s inspiration. If you’re tuned in to what’s around you and you keep your eyes open, then you’re surrounded by inspiration” Mat Dalby.

“When designing a comfortable space, it is important to have a well-rounded understanding of it. As a designer, you must put yourself in the environment: Where is this space and how does it work? What is it being used for? It is all about the person who will be using the space, the individual who will interact with the room. When we talk about comfort, the initial association is often “soft”, but sometimes the environment isn’t inherently soft. Balancing the desire for comfort with something that doesn’t feel too tired is an important marriage to achieve. At the same time you want to make sure the space feels effortless and not too overthought. It is also important that design features complement each other rather than compete for attention.”

The appointment of Mat to join dwp, based from Sydney, comes on the back of the recent recruitment of Leonard Lee and his key design talent from Wilson Associates. This award winning team of specialist designers based in Singapore extends the high end hospitality design offering Mat complements and adds to the dwp creative offering for Australia and New Zealand.

Hospitality Design Sector leader of dwp, Leonard Lee, said: “We are experiencing unprecedented opportunities against a challenging public health emergency and associated economic context. As a global business, we are investing in highly skilled people in our key portfolios. So we are absolutely delighted that Mat Dalby is joining our team to lead our hospitality ID capability for dwp across Australia and New Zealand.”

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