Matthew Conway

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Where and what did you study and what year did you graduate?
Bachelor of Industrial Design, 1995, University of Newcastle.

Where did you head after graduating?
I walked the world, went to design fairs, cool cities and looked at stuff. I worked in a shaker furniture shop in London for a while and also as a dresser for Starlight Express.

When did you launch your own business?
In 2003.

What motivated you to start your own business?
I wanted freedom of expression, to create objects of a unique nature and to create a life on my own terms.

How would you describe your business to someone who didn’t know you?
I am continually evolving the product development, exploring ideas and getting them out into the world.

How would you describe the products you design to someone who hadn’t seen them?
My products express beauty, ideas and forms that inspire me. I wish to impart this to others to inform and in turn add joy to their surroundings, actions and lives.

What are the most challenging parts of being a designer running a small business?
Doing all that I envisage is possible.

What inspires your design projects?
Sometimes it is past projects inspiring the new. It is the search for a personal language in my work and trying new applications of ideas and materials. I’m driven to create and produce objects because I don’t see them existing already how I think they should. They should challenge, compliment or provoke an idea of what that object could be.

What are the next steps for you?
I want to grow the business, produce more objects and get them to market in Australia and abroad and continue to be inspired.

Published 15 July 2008.

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