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December 2, 2010 ___________________________

MH portrait

I started Matthew Hilton, the company, because I wanted somewhere I would have complete creative control.

The company was launched in September 2007 and very soon after, made it’s first Licence agreement for manufacturing and distribution of the products with De La Espada. The pieces shown here are the first of a growing number of high-quality products which will be made in relatively small quantities, using hand-skills based manufacturing. I will be regularly adding new products using different techniques and materials.

I liased closely with Spin, the designers of the website and our company identity, to make it direct and open. We will show you the design process, some of the inspiration behind the work and the making of the products. We will bring you elements of inspirational culture, photos and articles about things which interest us, whether they be buildings, furniture, travel, exhibitions or design reports.


Anti Design Festival

Anti Design Festival Supplement | By Lynda Relph-Knight
This is a unique moment in time. An amazing opportunity is being given to us. We are at the crossroads of new possibilities with key decisions to be made. Never before have so many public services been attacked simultaneously. Never before have our cultural activities been so undersupported… More

As a response to 25 years of cultural deep freeze in the UK, the Anti Design Festival will attempt to unlock creative fires and ideas, exploring spaces hitherto deemed out-of-bounds by a purely commercial criteria. Created initially as a direct response to the pretty commerciality of the London Design Festival, the festival will shift the focus from bums-on-seats to brain food, and from taste and style to experiment and risk.

London’s highly anticipated art and design event will launch in September 2010.


Anti Design Festival

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The theory of patterns

Tue, 30 Nov 2010

From the structure of a black hole to the weave of a tea towel, patterns are integral to the fabric of the universe.

Noticing that the relationship between architecture and patterns had not been addressed in almost 30 years, architect Paul Andersen and assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Syracuse University David Salomon set out to create a thorough and academic study of how pattern is has been used in the discipline, both now and in the past.

John Lewis Department Store in Leicester, by Foreign Office Architects

John Lewis Department Store in Leicester, by Foreign Office Architects

The new book, The Architecture of Patterns, draws on the work of international architects to dissect the various formal and functional capacities of forms such as the elastic diagrid and promiscuous diagrid.

Nike Oregon Waffle and Air Max 360 II shoes.

Nike Oregon Waffle and Air Max 360 II shoes. The photo shows how Bill Bowerman’s historic waffle sole has been developed to better athletic performance.

As well as tracking the definitions of a number of patters in a variety of fields, the books also suggests how patterns can evolve for in the design of the future.

The book is a challenging read – one that I wouldn’t care to approach without a good dictionary – but succeeds in documenting and theorising the way in which patterns and definitions of patterns are changing.

Tivoli Retail Store by BIG

Tivoli Retail Store by BIG

The Architecture of Patterns by Paul Andersen adn David Salomon is available from Norton, priced at £18.99.

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