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Company Ethos and What We Make

A family run company. Making high quality hand made furniture, Kitchens and shoji doors has been the heart of our workshop here in West Sussex for over 15 years. We constantly strive to create furniture that is designed with a timeless style and is built with the resilience to last through the generations. Make it once make it well.  

Everything is made by hand by, using both traditional and modern techniques.

  • Bespoke kitchens designed from the ground up using the highest specification components and materials 

  • Free standing tables, chairs, desks etc.

  • Traditional Japanese shoji doors and screens, authentic paper used on all doors

  • Home offices makeovers

  • Bathroom cabinets and stands

  • Built-in wardrobes and other unique interior installations for both private and commercial use

  • Bookshelves, libraries and TV cabinets 



We have a strong belief in using only the best quality materials, such as hardwood sourced from local West Sussex saw mills where all timber is responsibly sourced and traceable. Commonly used timbers in our projects include, Oak, Ash, Sycamore and Walnut. We also use Elm, Apple, and Maple depending on the coulur and properties you value most. Every board we use in a project is hand selected, with a clear image of the design in mind we can easily look at the colour and grain of the wood and select the most appropriate board. For our traditional Japanese shoji screens only the best quality rice paper is used. We also cobine and incorporate other materials in deigns that use glass and metal to compiment function or asthetic. 


There is a strong Scandinavian and Japanese influence in some of our furniture, although we also enjoy designing and making more traditional pieces. The beauty of a bespoke project is experiencing and bringing to life an individuals unique point of view. We have a passion for producing some of the finest and most precise handmade bespoke furniture, Kitchens and Japanese Shoji within the UK.

The Process

Every Piece of furniture is designed and handmade in our workshop. We use traditional techniques like dovetailed draws, mortise and tennon joints for our Japanese shoji doors, and carving or steam bending. We are also experienced in modern techniques like free form curved lamination, vacuum press and CNC machines when appropriate.

Commissioning a piece of furniture

We involve clients in the design process as much as possible. Commissioning a piece of furniture can be an enormously rewarding and pleasurable experience and we will always focus our energy in creating the right design for your individual needs.

Together we can refine your ideas until we have a design which is a beautiful and tactile, that will enhance your space but more importantly be a delight to use.

Whether you need a custom made piece of furniture to suit a specific locution or application or a entire overall of your home or business we would be happy to discuss your project.

Commissioning a Handmade Table or Desk
Mid Century scandinavian style writting desk

A bespoke table can be the centerpiece in a room, it can be the place where families spend some of their most valuable time together. When we design your dream dinning room table or desk, every feature of you and or your families lifestyle will be taken into account. All of our Furniture is hand made, and this means on items like dinning room tables or office desks we can make them fit your space and your families needs. For our dinning tables we source local sustainable hard woods, each bespoke piece is made from stunning solid timber, hand picked at our local Sussex Saw Mill, however we also source some special timbers like native Walnut and Sycamore from other wood yards around the south, as far away as London and Kent and Surrey A piece of hand made furniture from Mat Hibbert Designs is not just designed to put up with the day to day grind of family life, it is designed to with the love and thought that you will be passing it on as a heir loom piece to your children and to their children. 

Commissioning traditionally made Japanese Shoji Doors 

Japanese Shoji doors are one of the most elegant and efficient ways to divide up a room without loosing that visual sense of space we get from open plan living. Create visual breaks between living spaces whilst at the same time letting light flood from room to room, our Shoji doors built in the traditional Japanese way are as durable as a solid oak mortise and tennon door but with infinity more style and elegance. These stylish additions although Japanese in heritage fit in with so many decors, we can design and hand make these doors for and style of room, changing the slat design or just the timber colour can massively alter the feel to tie into a more contemporary feel home we have made and fitted the Shoji sliding doors around our local West Sussex area and as far as Kent, London and Surrey

Taylor Made and bespoke chairs 

Any one who has ever working in an office, or simply likes to sit and read a book for a few hours will appreciate the difference between a ergonomically well designed chair and a badly designed chair. Here at Mat Hibbert Designs every chair we make is Bespoke to our clients shape and needs. The joy of a hand made chair can only be appreciated after hours of use. Not only do we hand make our chairs in order to fit them exactly to our clients but it also means we can design a chair that will be an heirloom piece of furniture. With over 10 years of experience in hand made furniture and Kitchens we know how to design something that lasts

Bespoke Kitchens Designed and hand made in our West Sussex workshop

A Kitchen is a hub in a home, it is where we keep our selves healthy and where we entertain family and friends. Having a Custom hand made Kitchen is one of the safest investments you can make in your home. not only do you get to enjoy the space perfectly designed for you but if and when you come to sell your property a well designed hand made kitchen by Mat Hibbert Designs is going to add value to the home far beyond what you spent on the kitchen in the first place. Send us a message today to start discussing having a bespoke kitchen built for your home.

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