Matthew Hilton (b. 1957) attended Portsmouth College of Art and then graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a degree in Furniture Design. After graduation, he was an industrial designer and model maker until 1984. In 1985, he set up the Matthew Hilton Design Studio. In 1991, he designed the "Balzac Armchair" for SCP Limited, a company started by Sheridan Coakley in 1984 and now based in Shoreditch, London. Hilton was Habitat's top designer, and his furniture is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Geffrye Museum, London, and the Manchester City Art Gallery. He was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2005, which is considered the highest honor in the field of Industrial Design in the United Kingdom. In 2007 Matthew launched his company Matthew Hilton Limited.