Matthew Kavanagh was born in England in 1966. He studied engineering product design at The South Bank University, London, graduating in 1988. Inspired by the Memphis design movement of the late 70's / early 80's Matthew moved to Italy and worked tor Olivetti, then art directed by Memphis designer George Sowden. After a year, during which time Olivetti patented his designs for their new hybrid electronic products, Matthew returned to the UK to start his furniture. lighting and product design consultancy. Here he pursued his materials led approach of organic essentialism and formally set up design partnership Diplomat in 2000. Meanwhile in 1994 he began working for the first of several companies in the retail sector specialising in store design, retail display, brand strategy, communications & consumer psychology. He currently holds a director role.