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R-Chair 2013

The R-Chair (named after the side

The front legs, arms and back rails form a continuous ribbon line that hugs the upholstery and the human body just like a loving embrace. The inside edges are softened with a large radius, as this is where the body contacts the frame of the chair. The chair was designed with high-end quality in mind, but most importantly, comfort. It is not centered in a single design style thus environments.

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*Exhibited at Sample Exhibition CNC macined solid timber upholstered lounge chair Material: Blackwood and Black Leather 640

Sizes: 770mm L x 770mm W x 640mm H

A-Table 2013

The A-Table (named after the side environment. It not only shares visual

The veneered timber top and legs feature simple detailing in order to embrace the natural beauty of the timber. The table and the chair are the meeting point between hand skills and CNC technology, utilising a traditional production process.

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*Exhibited at Sample Exhibition Timber Coffee Table Material: Solid and veneered Blackwood Sizes: 1000mm L x 1000mm W x 400mm H

Wedge 2013

Furniture items aid in the signifying of the phenomenology of home. Certain furniture items, such as a coat rack, delineate the threshold between work life and home life. The act of arriving home helps us to separate these two worlds and to feel safe in our intimate surroundings. The Wedge stand is based around creating awareness of a physical interaction with an object that is otherwise overlooked. It is getting the user to slow down and to appreciate the way in which we use objects and the bond that it creates.

that the work day is over and the home

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models limit confusion, aid in ease of use


Wedge can be disassembled for shipping without the need for tools. Materials that are able to develop a patina as well as put up with the rigours of everyday use have been used in order to increase the longevity of the product. Wedge is manufactured by industry within Australia utilising local resources and skills.



*Exhibited at Workshopped13 and Sample Exhibition Flat-pack, turned solid timber coat rack with adjustable pegs Material: Blackwood or American Oak and powder-coated mild steel 310

Sizes: 1800mm L x 310mm W x 310mm H

Offset 2013

The Offset table was the result of a colaboration between members of both UTAS and RMIT. The focus of the project was to utilise salvaged timber, obtained from two sawmills in Tasmania,that was either being burned or under utilised. Each group member put forward a concept that was then selected by an industry representative for further development.

The table was protoyped and further developed by three members of UTAS. All timber used in the project was deemed as salvage waste. Processes pack style of construction was used to keep packaging requirements to a minimum in order to minimise excess energy in its production and distribution.

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Flat-pack occasional table Material: Salvaged Blackwood Sizes: 509mm L x 444mm W x 441mm

Rockpool 2012

The inspiration for Rockpool comes from a simple river stone and the intrinsic connection that we, as humans, have with organic objects. It was conceived as a ritual object that taps into the subconscious activities that we perform every day, such as putting keys into a bowl. It’s raw and honest simplicity means that it can be used for a multitude of ‘rituals’ and can connect with a wider audience.

The form was produced using the drawing program Rhinoceros. It has times, wastage, and produce the most of shaping are done by hand, then

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*Exhibited at Workshopped 2012 Seen in the April, 2013 issue of House and Garden Flip-mill CNC machined bowl from solid timber 300

Material: Tasmanian Oak, Myrtle, Sandcast Aluminium Sizes: Small, Medium and Large varieties

Pod 2012

The Jewellery Pod is a culmination of my investigation into perceived quality and personal attachment in consumer products. Jewellery Pod provides a ‘gift-giving’ situation so as to increase the personal connection a user has with the object. cosmetic customisation to be more

It uses materials, such as timber and copper, so as to increase the assurance of quality, reliability and memory attachment. It utilises CNC machining strategies so as to be cost and time Finally, it is to be an object of desire and intrigue that will be cherished yet still be an affordable object for the everyday person.


Stackable jewellery Pod with CNC machined disks with differing storage layouts Material: Spun Copper lid with an internal mirror and New Zealand Kauri trays 180

Size: 160mm H x 180mm W, each tray is 25mm thick

Cumulus 2012

Cumulus was the result of a ‘High Priority Desk’ brief. It is an abstraction of a cloud and the feeling in which people feel whilst being creative, and able to achieve the impossible. The tactile nature of the desk increases the physical connection that the user has with the object. The joy of using an appealing object or piece of furniture puts the user in a free and uninhibited state which can lead to clarity and innovation in their thought.

The desk utilises CNC, CAD and CAM




*Exhibited at Discovery Through Furniture Design 2012 CNC machined Tasmanian Oak desk with powder-coated mild steel legs Material: Tasmanian Oak, powder-coated Mild Steel Size: 1514mm L x 639mm W x 730mm H

Fairedline 2011

Fairedline was conceived through an investigation into the properties of ‘line’ and an analysis of why certain characteristics of line are appealing. The form was inspired by certain muscle car shapes, masculine forms and egocentric ergonomics to create the lounge chair; fairedline (a take on the classic ford fairlane).

The chair utilises skills learnt in CNC and CAD technology in order to design and make male-female moulds for stack-laminations. The legs are hand shaped and faired to create a rolling and twisting arm/ leg structure, creating a sense of dynamism and movement in the piece.

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Lounge chair with hand-shaped, stacklaminated legs and an internal seating shell Materials: Laminated Jarrah veneers, black Leather with seating foam, on an internal Plywood shell 733

Size: 1074mm L x 733mm W x 574mm H

Curriculum Vitae

Matt J Pearson is a furniture design student currently located in Launceston, Tasmania. Having undertaken a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the UTAS School of Architecture and Design, Matt is striving to establish himself within the wider object design. Matt utilises a hands-on approach in order to gain a greater understanding of the Matt’s goal is to obtain a broad range of skills through an investigation of process and material, as well as theoretical analysis. Matt is interested in the small achievements in design that actually solve problems, no matter how small; the idea that the design of everyday objects can enhance a users life. He tries to create objects that become a part of the family home. Objects that are irreplaceable, indispensable and a self-extension of the user because of the enjoyment and the memories that they provide. Matt consciously thinks about the social responsibility that designers have to limit the throwaway nature of furniture and the need to produce high quality items that meet and exceed their expected usage cycles.


Bachelor of Environmental Design [Furniture] Cert IV Small Business Management Cert II in General Construction - Statement of Attainment Cert I in General Construction OH&S White Card


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[2010] 2nd in the Young Achiever HSC category at the Sydney Timber and Working with Wood Show [2009] HillsSIP Award for Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Learning


[2013] House & Garden Magazine April Issue

Computer Skills

Photoshop Indesign Vectorworks Rhino Visual Mill

Sample Workshopped 13 Workshopped 12 Discovery Through Furniture Design

Matt J Pearson Location Launceston, Tasmania Website Email Mobile 0432 926 727

MJP Portfolio  

A portfolio of works for Matt J Pearson, a furniture design student

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