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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.
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Matthew Mccrimmon
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Cassie, UncommonGoods

March 25, 2014 01:10:22 PM

Matthew's functional blanket chest also has a quirky side. Does his play on the interoffice envelope make you smile?

Krista
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March 28, 2014 11:33:23 AM

This is amazing! Perfect balance of being quirky and sophisticated. Love, love, love.

Sara
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March 28, 2014 12:36:16 PM

So unique yet functional! I think he totally nailed it when he said that he wanted to create a contemporary piece that can be handed down. Great mix of heritage thinking in a modern world. Gimme two, please.

Sara
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March 28, 2014 12:36:16 PM

So unique yet functional! I think he totally nailed it when he said that he wanted to create a contemporary piece that can be handed down. Great mix of heritage thinking in a modern world. Gimme two, please.

Nikki
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March 28, 2014 12:38:07 PM

I love the simplicity of this piece and the color is so perfect. I would like to buy this, Uncommon Goods. YA HEAR ME?

Bryan
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March 28, 2014 12:49:03 PM

I've seen this person! It's a great piece and great fit for for uncommon goods

Merritt
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March 28, 2014 01:30:40 PM

Love the pop of color combined with true functionality. Plus, who wants a boring old chest? This one would add both whimsy and style to a room.

Kat
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March 28, 2014 03:44:53 PM

Clean & simple, but a standout at the same time!! I'm OBSESSED

LINDA
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March 28, 2014 07:21:27 PM

So unusual,sleek and streamlined it would fit in with any decor!!

Liz
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March 28, 2014 09:38:47 PM

Would buy this for my daughter!

john
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March 29, 2014 06:53:52 PM

Just can't take my eyes off this catchy design! Clean and cool!

Julia
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March 29, 2014 11:00:42 PM

I've been looking for something just like this!! Perfect!

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