Matthew Hilton (designer)

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Matthew Hilton
Born (1957-01-31)31 January 1957
Hastings, England
Nationality British
Education Portsmouth College of Art
Alma mater Kingston Polytechnic
Occupation Furniture designer and Industrial designer
Known for Balzac armchair
Website Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton (born 1957) is a British furniture designer of modern furniture.

Life and career[edit]

Hilton attended Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic graduating in 1979. After graduation he was an industrial designer and model maker until 1984. In 1991, he designed the "Balzac Armchair"[1] for SCP Limited, a company started by Sheridan Coakley in 1984 and now based in Shoreditch, London. Hilton was Habitat's top designer,[2] and his furniture is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Geffrye Museum, London, and the Manchester City Art Gallery. He was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2005. In 2007 Matthew launched his company Matthew Hilton Limited.

In 2013, Hilton took a break from designing furniture and designed a watch.[3]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Hilton's furniture design work has been called the application of skilled craftsmanship, real materials, and serious integrity.[3] Haute Living magazine described it as incredibly elegant, simple lines and master craftsmanship.[4]

In 2012, Hilton received an honorary doctorate from Kingston University for his contributions to British design.[5][6]

Examples of Matthew Hilton's works[edit]

  • Balzac Armchair[1]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Balzac chair and footstool". Furniture File, UK. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Designs on school desks". BBC News. 27 February 2003. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Henrietta (12 September 2013). "British furniture designer Matthew Hilton's new watch". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Ross, Nathaniel (19 February 2013). "Interview with Designer Matthew Hilton". Haute Living. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Honorary degree for top designer Matthew Hilton". Kingston University London. 29 March 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Knight, Amy (May 2012). "Snapshot: Matthew Hilton". World Interiors News: Inside issue 20. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McDermott, Catherine (2000) Matthew Hilton: Furniture for our Time Geffryre Museum, Lund Humphries Publishers, London, ISBN 0-85331-807-7

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