Matthew Hilton (b.1957) British furniture & product designer

Matthew Hilton furniture
Matthew Hilton furniture

Matthew Hilton (born 1957) is a modern furniture and lighting designer from the United Kingdom.

Biography

Hilton graduated from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 after attending Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic. He worked as an industrial designer and model maker till 1984 after graduating. For SCP Limited, a firm founded by Sheridan Coakley in 1985 and now situated in Shoreditch, London, he designed the “Balzac Armchair” in 1991. Hilton served as Habitat’s Head of Furniture Design from 2000 to 2004. His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Geffrye Museum, and the Manchester City Art Gallery. In 2005, he was named a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). Matthew established his furniture line and design firm, Matthew Hilton Limited, in 2007. These furniture designs were subsequently licenced to De La Espada, a furniture manufacturer based in Portugal and London specialising in high-end wood furniture. Matthew Hilton Limited is a small design business based in London that specialises in furniture and lighting design and accessories, carpets, and a variety of other home furnishings.

Hilton designed a watch that was self-produced in modest numbers in 2013 and increased the studio’s activities.

Recognition

Matthew Hilton was named a Royal Designer for Industry in 2004. Only 200 designers can carry the title of RDI, while non-UK designers can obtain the honorary title of Hon RDI. Hilton’s furniture designs have been described as “excellent craftsmanship, genuine materials, and serious integrity.” It was praised by Haute Living magazine as “extremely gorgeous, basic lines, and superb craftsmanship.”

For his contributions to British design, Hilton was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University in 2012.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Wikipedia contributors. (2021, September 24). Matthew Hilton (designer). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:11, October 17, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Matthew_Hilton_(designer)&oldid=1046205914

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