I started this business four years ago to gain control of the design, manufacturing and marketing of furniture under my own name. I felt that the conventional relationship between designer, manufacturer and retailer was undergoing significant changes, partly brought on by the shifts caused by the internet and developments in fast global communication and trade. The time was right for me to step up and take hold of a more significant part of the process of putting furniture out into the world. Matthew Hilton Limited was formed with a new kind of licensing deal with the Portuguese company De La Espada. De La Espada bring craftsmanship and experience of using premium materials combined with advanced manufacturing technology and innovative marketing methods. Since the launch in 2007 my collection has grown and we now have a small, focused design studio. Our product development thrives on modern manufacturing combined with knowledge and hand skills; exploiting this is our challenge. I now have a place to fulfil my passion to create exquisitely made desirable, rigorous and beautiful products that I hope will stick around because they work and people love them.