As a boy, Matthew was surrounded by intriguing objects. Matthew's father, Robin is a well-known dealer of medieval carvings and his mother, Pearl Bugg, is an artist known for her primitive animal paintings.
From his mother, Matthew learnt about the delicate balance in nature and how the countryside has changed immeasurably even since her own childhood. His father taught Matthew about the poetry of patina and how natural materials can evolve over time to tell the story of an antique. Even Matthew's brother designs sculptural lighting and furniture.
Matthew's formative years certainly influenced his path in life, but like his father and grandfather before him, he knew his future would be very different to the past Robin and Ralph knew. With the days of 'sleeping treasures' all but gone, 'always out of the ordinary' became Matthew's guiding principle.
London beckoned and Matthew's Lillie Road shop was soon thriving...until 9/11 when his US customer base stopped travelling almost overnight.
Matthew's taste for substantial pieces meant London would not be viable long term, so he found a draughty warehouse in his hometown, bought himself the best 5 megapixel (!) digital camera that money could buy and lugged his hulking tables and cabinets back up to the town of Stamford.
He's now been based in Stamford for over a decade, living and working from a bustling Georgian square with his sidekick Camilla and dog called Oggy.
The Matthew Cox workshop is on the outskirts of Stamford, looking onto Lincolnshire's famous fields.
Ralph Cox's first shop in Barton-on-Humber, 1952.
Matthew's grandparents shop on Stamford town bridge in 1971, the year Matthew was born – no wonder they say it's in the blood! Further to the right you can see Matthew reflected in one of his 'out of the ordinary' antiques, and his wonderful Grandmother Olive arranging the jewellry in her shop window.
While the rest of his family had all set up shop in Stamford, Matthew opened his first shop (pictured here) in 1998 on London's thriving Lillie Road. His love of simple design, natural materials and beautiful patinas is evident very early on.
The way things are presented has become increasingly important to Matthew, first with his shop on the Lillie Road and then with the acclaimed stands he designed for the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park. The spiral staircase image is from Matthew's showstopping 'The Industrial Works' stand where he collaborated with graphic designer Anthony Burrill in the fair's foyer. To the the right is a naive painting by Pearl Bugg (Matthew's mother) of the house where Matthew currently exercises his creative muscles, curating scenes that he shoots for this website!