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 Hilton worked as an industrial designer for the product design company Capa, London. In 1985 he set up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio and started working for the British retailer and manufacturer SCP. Hilton’s collaboration with SCP includes iconic designs like the Balzac chair, the Flipper, and Antelope table. Matthew Hilton’s studio has since expanded its practice and is currently working with other manufacturers.