Buchan is pleased to announce Mathew Dalby has been appointed as Principal – Interior Design in Buchan’s Sydney studio, continuing its commitment to be a globally recognised leader in architecture, interior design and brand experience. Whilst based in Sydney, Mat will be an agile member of the team, with the global network able to access his skill set and experience.
“Mathew brings invaluable knowledge and experience to Buchan. He strives for, and achieves, creative and technical excellence in design and has strong leadership in interior architecture and client management. We look forward to the continued success of Buchan’s interior design team with Mathew’s strategic ambition and creative vision for the company and our clients.” – Bruce Shaw, Buchan Group Managing Principal
Mathew began his career in interior architecture in the UK. With unfettered imagination and commercial astuteness, he brings this balance of creative and technical skills to the design and development of high-end, luxury residential, retail, hospitality and hotel projects.
“Working for individual clients and developers has given me the ability to look at every project not only through a creative lens, but also with acute commerciality. This means working with a client to solve the day-to-day challenges in a financially astute way whilst also delivering a great concept,” Mathew says.
He is also interested in the societal implications of technology and how it can be integrated into commercial, residential and hospitality environments for the benefit – rather than to the detriment – of human interaction and connection. “It requires rigorous design awareness to create an environment for people to live, work, play or learn in that has all the advantages technology offers, yet still fosters our basic human need to cooperate, collaborate and integrate,” Mathew explains.
Mathew has worked collaboratively with high-profile brands and designers, including Valentino, Hermes, Philippe Starck, Kelly Hoppen and Marcel Wanders. He was creative director for Fenton Whelan and The Studio at Harrods and instrumental in the launch of YOO Hotels as design director.
As Principal, Mathew will continue to develop Buchan’s reputation as a leader in design both locally in Sydney and around the world. Drawing on his international experience, Mat will lead Buchan’s Sydney Interior Design team and its multidisciplinary collaborations, working in alignment with Buchan’s Melbourne Principal of Interiors, Valerie Mack.
“Creating the right team culture enables designers to do their best work, propose their most creative ideas and to work in an environment in which design can flourish in a natural, organic way,” says Mathew.