INDEX chats with Matthew Pope, an emerging UK designer who studied BA Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. While at NTU he had the opportunity to work within the Upholstery Industry at DFS, where he learnt a huge amount about upholstery and where his upholstery design career started.
Since NTU, he has won the 100% Design Award for the Modular Sofa in 2016 which gave him the chance to exhibit the sofa at 100% Design that year. This gave him his first real professional experience of what it would be like to exhibit around established brands.
From the 100% Design show I was cast into a program called ‘Pop up Start Up’, which followed 10 young entrepreneurs setting up their own businesses and sourcing manufacturing from China. This experience gave him the knowledge and skills to set up his own business.
1. Where did Scarlet Opus meet you and how did this invitation come about?
I met Phil and Victoria of Scarlet Opus at The Young Furniture Makers Exhibition where I was exhibiting my Modular sofa. We started talking about the reasons I had designed this sofa in this particular way.
The Modular Collection is a modular and customisable piece of furniture for inner city living where space is at a premium.
The sofa’s modular sections can be rearranged, replaced or added to create a larger or smaller sofa, to allow for adaptability. Each section is customisable, with bright and exciting fabrics, giving the user more freedom to design a unique sofa for their home and offering an emotional connection to the piece.
After that they were already thinking of possible collaboration and how they could help me get my design out there.
2. Why did you decide to join this collaboration?
When Scarlet Opus put me in contact with Boxmark, straight away I could tell they were just as excited to collaborate with me. Thomas Benz from Boxmark has been so invested in the project creating unique leathers for the furniture and is as excited to see the finished product as much as me.
3. Could you let us know a little bit more about the piece you are working on?
We are creating 3 special Seat units for INDEX 2018. Using my Award Winning Design, these seats will feature an exclusive Boxmark gold leather created exclusively for the show and beautiful embossed leather to border the exclusive gold. The other 2 seat units we will be exhibiting are 2 of Boxmark’s premium leathers chosen by Scarlet Opus.