Let's meet.... Matt Pugh

Posted: Oct 01 2014

Matt Pugh is well known for his signature wooden owls, of which we are delighted to have our very own exclusive Nook colourway, 'Aqua', only available instore and online. We speak to Matt about his working life in the rolling hills near Bath. 
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background
Matt Pugh launched onto the international design scene in 2009 at 100% Design. Since then his signature owls, lamps and furniture have been snapped up across the globe, with the Scandinavians particularly collecting his work. Matt began designing as a teenager, studying ceramics, followed by 3D Design and model making. With a stint building theatre sets and working at architectural model makers in London and Bristol, Matt’s design experience is wide-ranging. It was during his time as a partner in a West Country furniture design workshop that Matt’s desire to create his own collection began. Now with his own studio and workshop situated in rural Wiltshire and his ever growing portfolio of thoughtfully crafted designs, Matt Pugh is firmly established as one of Britain’s brightest designer makers.
What's the 'philosophy' behind the product?
Using natural sustainable materials to a make a beautiful and long lasting object to be cherished.
Where do you find inspiration?
Modern architecture, Scandinavian design and mid century furniture.
Where are your products made?
In our workshop nestled in the rolling hills just outside of Bath.
What is your studio like?
There are beautiful and uplifting views across the valley. It's a large open plan workshop downstairs full of wood and prototypes with an office and studio upstairs. Perched on a hill just 10 minutes from my home, I'm very lucky to have found such a nice space.
Describe a typical day in the life of you...
Breakfast with my little son, head to the workshop with Sampson my dog and knuckle down to the days tasks, probably an hour doing admin upstairs in the office followed by making in the workshop. At lunchtime I take Sampson for a walk exploring the local woods. In the winter the kettle goes on first thing then I get the wood burning stove stocked up to keep us all warm.
We also stock Matt Pugh's owls in classic white and natural as well as in the larger size, where our exclusive 'Aqua' colourway is also available.