Matthew Hilton | One Tree


An intricate sculpture that is an evocation of growth and nature. Created by applying a simple form and then repeating it with slight variations as it grows upwards. To maintain structural integrity, a thread of tensioned string runs vertically through the piece, which stands on a square base raised a touch off the floor. Designed in a digital space, and made by hand in collaboration with Hugo McCarthy of HFG, this is a delicately balanced piece, reminiscent of both architectural models and Escher paintings.

This piece is part of SCP's One Tree project, which sees the repurposing of a dying ash tree from Sheridan Coakley’s garden. It’s a project that focuses on wood: how we grow it, use it, and secure its future. The One Tree project seeks to create one-off objects of beauty, which will both retain the carbon from the tree and give new material life to something which would have otherwise disappeared.

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When SCP founder Sheridan Coakley discovered that one of the beautiful ash trees in his garden was suffering from Ash dieback and would have to be felled, he had an idea. Rather than chop it down and make it into firewood, why not invite a set of like-minded creatives to see what they could make out of the tree? And with that simple idea, the One Tree project was born. The One Tree project showcases a range of different objects, by a diverse and previously unconnected group of creatives. Read more >

Made in collaboration with Hugo Mccarthy of HGF

W 41  D 41  H 200 cm

Matthew Hilton is a British furniture designer of modern furniture and lighting, who was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2004. His London-based studio works across furniture, lighting and product design, and he is known for work of elegance and fine craftsmanship.

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