BIOFILICO, Owner (2018 - today)

Design consultancy. Biophilic, healthy interiors.

www.biofilico.com

Matt founded Biofilico design consultancy in 2018 after success with his Biofit natural fitness concept (2015-today) creating indoor-outdoor nature gyms. By applying the same earth-friendly, nature-inspired principles, he now advises on the use of biophilic design for positive benefits on human health and environmental sustainability, whether it be an office, apartment, coworking office, re-charge room... or gym.

 

BIOFIT, Owner (2015 - today)

Biophilic gym design. Natural fitness training.

www.biofit.io

In 2015 Matt launched his first independent project, biofit - an innovative gym concept that combines health-oriented, nature-inspired design principles and his own natural fitness training program. These indoor-outdoor gyms have since been scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve mood while delivering real world fitness gains.

After several pop-ups and a showroom in London (UK), Biofit Calgary opened in the Natural Way Chiropractor Clinic in Alberta, Canada in September 2017 as the first full affiliate. An indoor gym opened in late January 2018 at the Karolinska Institutet medical university's Health Promotion Unit in Stockholm followed by an outdoor gym at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club in Montenegro, July 2018.

In an effort to contribute to the growing body of evidence behind nature-inspired design's health attributes, Matt led the world's first scientific research study into 'indoor green exercise'  in January 2017, followed by a second study a year later with real estate developer EcoWorld Ballymore into the wellness benefits of nature-inspired interiors in a dense urban environment.

 

 

PORTO MONTENEGRO, Brand Director (2010 - today) 

Creative real estate development. Brand strategy.

www.portomontenegro.com

Matt has been Brand Director of this thriving residential and marina village development on the Adriatic Coast since January 2015, having previously (2010-2014) built and led a 13-person marketing team with a remit that covered the 450-berth superyacht marina, over 200 waterfront residences, a Yacht Club, Pool Club, Sports Club, shopping village and an international school.

In his current role he conceptualizes and delivers new in-house business concepts around the village, working alongside the CEO, property development and asset management teams to take an idea through from inception to reality.

Recent examples include an own-brand retail store and cafe named AM/PM; a pool club named Lido Mar; a residents only pool concept at the Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel; the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club; a beach bar; a beach gym and the Innovation Centre coworking space. He is also responsible for managing luxury brand partnerships and advising on brand strategy.

 

 

LUXURY BRANDING, Strategist (2005-2010)

Concepts. Experiences. Creative.

www.luxury-branding.com

Matt worked closely alongside company Chairman Piers Schmidt, a world-renowned business consultant, advising executive teams from the real estate, hotel and wellness sectors on their brand strategy.

Clients included Armani Hotels & Resorts, the Dorchester Collection, One&Only Resorts, SEEFF properties (SA), The G Hotel (Ireland), The Orchards Residences (SA), as well as numerous new business ventures and start-ups. 

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA LUXURY ASSOCIATION, Commercial Director (2009-2010)

Launch strategy. Business development. Market analysis.

www.sa-la.org

Luxury Branding was also behind the creation of SALA in 2009, a non-profit organization that supports the growth of the region's premium and luxury sectors via market intelligence, partner marketing, events and awareness campaigns.

As Commercial Director Matt was responsible for signing up new members for the association, publishing an in-depth research project into the local luxury market and generating commercial partnerships within the region.

 

GQ, V V, WANTED, SLEEPER, LUMEN (2001-2016), Editor & writer

Content. Creative. 

Matt has been a regular contributor to the international media for over 15 years, including seven years as Founding Editor of V V, the Anglo-Russian luxury lifestyle magazine, and six years as Watch Editor of Wanted magazine in South Africa, then part of the Financial Times Group.