Matt Somerville


Unlike so many modern designer-makers, Matt is unpretentious and his work reflects this integrity. Joints are used as and where they should be. A great deal of thought and consideration goes into even the smallest detail. From the choosing of timber, which is an art in itself and which will have a fundamental effect on the finished product, to the way the wood is used, there is a complete understanding which is beautiful to watch. His furniture is exquisite and timeless, honest and straightforward, and each element speaks eloquently for itself.

The work Matt does on boats is just as impressive. The size may change and one may move from small pieces to heavier scantlings but again and again the natural flair of a true master craftsman shines through. His talents and intelligence encompass every difficulty and it is a delight to watch the way a tricky technical problem is resolved.