Matthew says: I was really late-blooming to the design world. I grew up in a small town in Florida where learning about designs meant checking out unique styles of airplanes at the local air show. It certainly wasn't decor. But that actually influenced me more than you'd think; it instilled a sense of functionality in my pieces.
In terms of functionality, my girlfriend, Krista and I function best in a bar, so it makes sense that the design of the Envelope Chest was born from a stack of cocktail napkins and some sparkling wine. She and I we were at the Beauty Bar in Dallas one evening when I started kicking around the idea of building a blanket chest. I'd never seen a really cool version of one and I thought it was a piece a lot of younger people might want; a unique, modern blanket chest to pass down as a family heirloom. We started by sketching the clasp on a napkin, then added the front flap to the lid so the negative space created the fold of the envelope. It's a streamlined version of the standard interoffice envelope, and people really respond to the balance of familiarity and quirkiness.