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Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton

England (1957)
Headshot of designer.

Matthew Hilton has learned from every piece he's designed, whether it was because it allowed him to work in a new material, with a new manufacturer or for stylistic reasons. "All of my pieces are loaded with meaning and memory and are very personal to me," says the British designer. Hilton, however, is quick to add that he doesn't believe in design movements, and instead prefers to think of the design process as part of the evolution of any object through history.

From an early age, Hilton was interested in painting, sculpture and architecture, and yet, the notion of being a "designer" didn't occur to him until it was suggested by a tutor at Portsmouth College of Art. The idea suited Hilton, who enrolled in the renowned Furniture and Design course at England's Kingston Polytechnic. After graduation he worked as an industrial designer and model maker until 1984 when he set up his own design studio/workshop. Two years later he launched a series of shelves at the Milan Furniture Fair, and in 1991 he designed the Balzac Armchair, which was first received with circumspect curiosity but then quickly embraced as a modern classic. Since the Balzac, however, Hilton's work has taken on a less stylistic, more functional approach. He believes in creating furniture that people live with, and his inspiration often comes from long-established furniture forms. Updating and reinventing these forms, while keeping an eye on the future, is what shapes Hilton's designs today. In 2006, Hilton's Cross Extension Table won the annual Elle Decoration Design Award for Best in Furniture. The table showcases Hilton's advanced wood manufacturing techniques, as well as his sense of proportion, scale and functionality. Hilton designs with the end user in mind, and whether that means a household of ten or one, he takes pleasure in finding the fluid, easily adaptable solution to fit today's domestic spaces.

Matthew Hilton

Bilsby Sectional with Chaise in Leather, Left
$11,390.00 - $11,390.00USD $7,973.00 - $11,390.00USD
Bilsby Sectional with Chaise in Leather, Right
$11,390.00 - $11,390.00USD $7,973.00 - $11,390.00USD
Bilsby Sectional with Chaise. Right, Pebble Weave
$7,640.00 - $8,210.00USD
Bilsby Sectional, Left, Pebble Weave
$7,640.00 - $8,210.00USD
Bilsby Sofa in Leather
$7,675.00 - $7,675.00USD $5,372.50 - $7,675.00USD
Bilsby Two-Seater Sofa in Leather
$6,990.00 - $6,990.00USD $4,893.00 - $6,990.00USD
Bilsby Two-Seater Sofa, Pebble Weave
$4,550.00 - $4,925.00USD
Eos Bench
Cross Extension Table
$3,645.00 - $4,350.00USD
Cross Credenza
$3,085.00 - $3,585.00USD
Eos Chaise
Eos Counter Stool
Eos Side Chair
Eos Side Table
Eos Rectangular Table
Cross Round Table
$3,125.00 - $4,875.00USD
Eos Barstool
Eos Bar-Height Table
Bilsby Armchair in Leather
$4,675.00 - $4,675.00USD $3,272.50 - $4,675.00USD
Eos Café Table
Profile Chair
$420.00 - $540.00USD
Eos Square Table
Eos Armchair
Bilsby Armchair, Pebble Weave
$3,300.00 - $3,575.00USD
Eos Lounge Chair
$60.00 - $305.00USD
Bilsby Sofa, Pebble Weave
$5,425.00 - $5,855.00USD
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