After working for a number of furniture workshops in East London, Matthew continued his training at Buckinghamshire College where he studied furniture design and manufacture. He then went on to set up a workshop in Shoreditch, specializing in chair and frame making for local upholsterers.

Larger commissions followed and so did the need for more space, so in 1990 Matthew moved to Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire where the larger premises have enabled him to take on bigger projects and the gradual recruitment of more cabinet makers.