After earning a degree in furniture design from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979, Matthew Hilton opened a design studio in London, and he’s been creating innovative, classic pieces ever since. His Cross Round Table (2013) is his most recent addition, with a large solid wood tabletop for satisfying heft and crisp unadorned geometry that coordinates well with other furniture in the Cross Collection. Echoing the warmly elegant appearance of his award-winning Extension Table, the Round Table features Hilton’s trademark splayed leg design for an impressive combination of legroom and stability. This table seats up to eight people and, not coincidentally, pairs nicely with the designer’s Profile Chair. Walnut version made in Malaysia, oak version in Lithuania.
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 >