Matthew Butler: Manager / Designer / Creative Director

After studying Architecture and Industrial Design in Melbourne, Matthew was invited to London by designer Tom Dixon to be his studio / production manager in the mid 1990’s. Here Matthew worked with enviable clients such as Cappellini, Paul Smith, Trisha Guild and Terence Conran.

On returning to Melbourne, Matthew founded his own design company, ‘Bluesquare’ winning a commission to design and produce ethically made furniture for the 2000 Sydney Olympic ‘Green Games’. Other clients include the Marmara Hotel in New York, Lane Crawford department store in Hong Kong, Deakin University, NAB, The Green Building Council, Snow Crystal resort in Japan and many more.

Matthew is also a design educator with 15 years experience having lectured at Swinburne University, RMIT University and Columbus University USA. He currently teaches Social Responsibility and Professional Creative Practice.

In 2010, Matthew moved to Cambodia to create a socially responsible alternative to sweat shop labour in the fashion industry. His self started Artful Boxer label was launched in 2012 to support women in ethical and safe employment. Matthew is also a member of the SANGAM project, establishing an ethical code of practice for designers working with traditional and indigenous artisans in India, Australia, Indonesia and Cambodia.

Matthew now lives in Melbourne, Australia and runs Zaishu from a heritage listed former convent building on the banks of the Yarra River.


Helen Punton: Former Designer / Creative Director

Helen is no longer working actively at Zaishu but her contribution to making Zaishu what it is today is important to mention. Helen is behind some of Australia’s most recognisable graphic design projects such as the branding of Melbourne’s Metlink public transport network. Helen also created and produced the ’40° Contemporary Australian Design’ exhibition at Berlin’s Design Mai design festival bringing the work of 24 Australian designers to public attention in Europe. A second exhibition titled ‘Sharpies’ featuring Australian documentary photography was curated and produced by Helen at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.

Helen now lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.


The global success of Zaishu is owed to many generous collaborators including the following artists, designers and creative minds.

Christopher Kaltenbach, Simone LeAmon, Jan Murphy Gallery, Shalu Sood, Citylights Collective, Artisan, Cloth, Djaafar El Ghazi, Fred Ting, Rainer Spehl, Mike Pritchard, Meg Gold, Moth Design, Kerry Punton, Daniel Barbera, Heidi Dokulil, Hande Renshaw, Jennette Snape, Amac, Blead, David Campbell, Dens, Dlux, E3, Micheal Fikaris, Tom Gerrard, Ha Ha, Ash Keating, LTMP, Kieran Mangan, Monkey, Aaron O’Donnell, Pandarosa, Phibs, Prism, Reach, Reks, Rone, SRX, Vexta, Kat Macleod, Andrew Nicholls, Karla Pringle, Lori Jean Kirk, David Wlazlo, Chaco Kato, James Green, Florence Broadhurst, David Heart, Kate Bezar (Dumbo feather), Remo Giuffre , Louise Olsen (Dinosaur Designs), Mini Graff, Andy Redman, Jesper Waldernsten, Bea Hellman, Matthew Horsnell, Hanna Werning, Lisa Green, Ulla Doyen, Bon Gout, Val Krishna, Tin and Ed, Beci Orphin, Beck Wetzler, Karl Maier, Amber Wallis, Oslo Davis, Tai Snaith, Russell Kerr, Kaz Bresher, Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen, Abi Crompton, Rachel Bending (Bird Textiles), Nicola Cerini, Julie Paterson (Cloth Fabric), David Bromley, David Band, Angus McDonald, Stewart Russell (Spacecraft), Evelien Klien Gebbink, Esther Mosselman, Marijn Wensveen, Dolly Rogers, Jaap Simonis, Naad, Weasel, Hollywood Mark, Marieke van den Boogaard, Laser 3.14, Thomas Reineke, Wobbe van der Meulen, Geert van Kerckhove, Jacob Plooig, Christopher Costuna, Brendan Smith, Emma Harrison, Emma Luke, David Griffin, Adam Dunn, The students at Maclean High School, Jacqui Doyle, Simon Griffiths, Melissa Loughnan at Utopian Slumps, Karyn Vanderbom, Kirsten Johnstone, Annie Dixon … and hundreds more. If I have left anyone out please let me know.


Using Zaishu panels as an invitation at Dumbo Feather Magazine’s first birthday party.


Tin and Ed

Angus McDonald

Kaz Brecher in Fiji

Dolly Rogers in Amsterdam

Julie Paterson (Cloth)

 Rachel Bending (Bird Textiles)

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