Matthew Sheargold graduated from the Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia in 1994 as dux of Interior Design. Whilst Matthew is a qualified Interior Designer his passion for design combined with a strong work ethic and international experience have helped shape him into a diverse and confident designer. Having worked primarily in architecture offices Matthew has attained an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the construction industry. In addition to interior design Matthew has found success in furniture design with several collections released in Australia and was a finalist in the Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer of the Year Award and the Country Road Homewear Design Award.
Matthew relocated to London in 1998, and soon gained employment at RTKL, one of the worlds largest design firms. He travelled considerably with RTKL, working on projects throughout Europe and USA.
Whilst overseas, Matthew maintained a folio of ideas and concepts and after 4 years in London he wanted to pursue furniture design once more, so moved back to Australia. Upon his return, Matthew set to work many of the concepts he had been developing in London. The first of these designs to be completed was Play. The brief for PLAY was simple: ‘design a compact sofa that is flexible and that can be produced cost effectively’. The success of the final design is due, in equal parts, to its ease of manufacture, restrained but confident form, flexibility and it’s consideration to the end user.
At the same time Matthew had been working on a design for a range of ottomans and bench seats. The playful collection, called ‘Zip’, relies on a simple zip detail which finds it’s way around each piece and creating a control mechanism to divide the contrasting fabrics.