ABOUT MATTHEW WILLIAMS
Matthew Williams established his reputation as a premier home furnishings designer in 1998 at the age of 26 when he designed two lamps for Maitland-Smith that broke all the company’s previous records for lighting sales. These lamps are still in production today. They are the Balloon lamp and the renowned Maitland-Smith Monkey lamp. Since that time he has developed thousands of new products in nearly all categories related to home furnishings including accent furniture, accessories,wall décor, lighting, upholstery, bedroom and dining room furniture.
In 2001, at the age of 29, Matthew became the Vice President of Design for Maitland-Smith, considered by most at that time to be the industry’s leading company for the design and making of luxury accent furniture,lighting and accessories. Prior to becoming the company’s design leader he traveled and directed the global sourcing efforts for new, unique and exciting materials to use on the company’s newest and most innovative designs. During this time Matthew was also the head of the design and merchandising efforts for the lighting and accessory categories.
Before entering the home furnishings industry Matthew worked as an industrial designer. His designs for Rubbermaid were featured in Business Week’s annual issue, “Best New Products of the Year” in 1995 and again in 1996.He also won Bronze and Silver international Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) related to those product designs. Matthew received his bachelor’s of Industrial Design at the North Carolina State University College of Design where he was awarded the Merit Award by the faculty for best overall achievement in the field of study.
Today Matthew travels the world developing new items for your home. He is always looking for the next new thing and designing that special item that you will be proud to have in your home. For his designs he pushes the limits on form and composition achieving the most advanced look possible for today’s market. His designs often invoke a story, theme or a feeling that leads to a desire to own them.
Uttermost is pleased to have Matthew working on new products for our line. He brings a passion to design and making great things. He is responsible for extending our operation in the Far East into exciting new places and infusing fresh new designs into our existing vendor base. We look forward to a very long and successful relationship with Matthew.