Matthew Hilton was born in Hastings in 1957. He graduated with a degree in Furniture Design from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 when he started to design and manufacture a range of objects using low-tech casting techniques. From 1980 to 1984 Matthew worked as an industrial designer for the product design company Capa, London. In 1985 Matthew set up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio and started working for the British retailer and manufacturer SCP, situated in London's east end for whom he has designed a number of classics such as the Balzac chair, the Flipper and Antelope table. The studio has since expanded its practice, and is working with several more manufacturers.