Matthew Kobylar – Desert Island Desks

This month’s desert island castaway is Matthew Kobylar, Director of Interiors and Workplace Strategy at Arney Fender Katsalidis


Grenson Archiebrogues

Grenson Archiebrogues

Grenson have been making amazing shoes for over 150 years here in England.  I feel such a sense of history in wearing a pair.  Maybe not the most practical for a desert island, but they are really comfortable once broken in, and after months on the island, a bit of polish and maybe re-soling will and these shoes will last a lifetime.


MacchinettaMacchinetta

These Espresso making gems are a complete mystery to me. I always feel like I am screwing the parts together wrongly and something is going to explode in the kitchen. I think this, and the deep rich coffee, make for an exhilarating morning. Look for older models though, for some reason Bialetti who started making them in 1933 manufactures them now with this ridiculously large cartoon logo that is too obnoxious to deal with first thing in the morning.


Mikasa VolleyballMikasa Volleyball

With all the sand on my desert island, it’s the perfect location for beach volleyball. I normally play indoors, but I wouldn’t want to lose my skills whilst lost on the island. Mikasa balls were the official balls of the London Olympics. I know it takes at least four people to play, but until they show up, I can be like Tom Hanks and have my own friend to keep me company… Kon’nichiwa Mikasa!


LifestrawLifestraw

This drinking ‘straw’ filters 99.9% of bacteria and parasites from water. It requires no batteries and can filter water for one person’s needs for a year. What I really like about the company is that since 2014, for every Lifestraw product purchased, they provide products to developing countries so that school children can have access to clean drinking water. To date, the programme has provided access to more than 360,000 children.


Groundbreaker SpadeBurgon and Ball – Groundbreaker Spade

I enjoy spending time in my garden in London, but it’s a pretty small patch. In my spare time, I would turn the whole desert island into the Kew of the Pacific. This spade, endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, has a stainless steel blade. It’s as if the act of lifting dirt from the soil were studied to create this tool. From a design perspective this tool follows the motto of ‘design follows function’.