With spare clean lines and no decorative excess, Matthew Hilton’s Cross Extension Table (2005) pairs the elegance and warmth of classic English furniture with the simple beauty of 21st-century modernism. This table has a straightforward aesthetic that will suit almost any environment. While the Cross Extension’s strong, unadorned geometry creates a distinctly up-to-date piece, Hilton softens the outline with tapered legs that flare from the base like the supports of traditional pedestal tables. Adaptable to changing dining needs, the tabletop expands with a simple pull, allowing insertion of up to two leaves for three possible table sizes: 78.75", 97.5" and 116". After guests depart, the leaves store in a felt-lined compartment on the table’s underside. The Cross Extension Table received the 2006 Elle Decoration Best in Furniture Award. Walnut table made in Malaysia; others made in Lithuania.
Solid wood base (oak, wenge-stained oak or walnut); wood veneer top and leaves over particleboard; polyurethane lacquer sealant; steel extension runner; locking extension mechanism; black felt-lined frame (for storing extension leaves).
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... Read more >