Mathew Dalby, one of the world’s leading designers, has been appointed as Principal of Interior Design at Rothelowman. Working with some of the world’s most creative, including Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Steve Leung and Jade Jagger, Dalby has placed his indelible mark on the hotel scene, from the Hotel Sans Souci in Vienna, to the Mira Moon in Hong Kong.
Previously based in London, Dalby’s CV features an illustrious group of companies, including Fenton Whelan, The Studio at Harrods and YOO Worldwide. For Dalby, designing hotels has always been close to his heart, where guests step out of the ‘real world’ and suspend reality for a few nights stay. “There has to be drama, you could say romance and importantly, a sense of the unexpected,” says Dalby. Although he is a huge talent in his own right, Dalby is indebted to the experience of working with the legendary designers of our time. “When you’re working with Philippe Starck, you know there’s a genius sitting beside you. There’s no ego. It’s working in a complete sanctum where every detail is highly considered,” says Dalby.
Melbourne might not be London, but according to Dalby, this city has its own voice, sense of independence and a level of craftsmanship that speaks for itself. “There’s a real synergy here that’s inspiring,” says Dalby. However, the two cultures share a slight larrikin approach, with a large dose of humour often injected into scheme. “I can find inspiration from the most unlikely places. Think of The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy enters into a new world, where black and white opens to a world of colour, with the screen virtually saturated,” says Dalby, who feels not dissimilar every time he boards the ferry to make my way to work – a world away from London’s grey and overcast skies!