We selected a professional team from the schools of Architecture, Furniture, Interiors and Graphic Design. Together Umbrella offers a unique blend of people who are ideally placed to support you with the furniture requirements of your project. One thread binds them all – A Passion for furniture, providing innovative solutions, creativity and enjoying what they do.
Nick qualified at the University of Brunel with a degree in Industrial Design & Technology. He was bitten by the furniture bug in 2003 securing his role a designer at Beyon. Nick recognised the need for the Design community to be supported by a more professionally qualified team of individuals and was the vision behind Umbrella.
After studying graphic design at university, Matt followed a passion for product design with a successful career within the interior design publishing sector. He launched 'on office' magazine within the workplace industry
and took 'icon' to new levels within the architecture marketplace. With a fresh challenge in mind back in 2009, he moved across to the furniture world to support the A&D community with project specification, manufacturers 'Allermuir'and 'Vitra' are where he fine tuned his passion for furniture.
Whilst studying at the London College of Fashion and achieving a First Class degree in Fashion Business, Maria worked full time as the Studio Manager at Forme UK. Since entering the industry in 2015, her love for interiors and design has flourished. Although greatly valued for her product knowledge and smooth running of studio life, Maria’s increasing expertise in organisation and planning fuelled her ambition to progress into the field of events within the industry. In taking the next step in her career, Maria joins Umbrella as the Showroom and Events Manager, an opportunity perfectly suited to combining her passion for the furniture world and abilities in organisation.
Joe is the most recent addition to the Umbrella team. After graduating with a media and communications degree from USC in America he cut his teeth in consultative roles at both manufacturer and dealership level Joe has five years’ experience working within the industry and has helped deliver some large projects including Savills, The Office Group and Liberty Mutual. Joe brings a fantastic product knowledge, a well-rounded understanding of the industry and a passion for furniture design.
Rosie joined the furniture industry back in 2011, starting out as a Showroom Manager at Boss Design. After building a great network of contacts within the furniture world it became clear to her that she wanted to develop her career and move into a sales position to best utilise and challenge her skill set. Knoll International provided that step. With Knoll came a great opportunity to really increase her furniture knowledge and her passion for design which has blossomed even further within her role as a Furniture Consultant at Umbrella. Rosie has delivered numerous projects throughout her time at Umbrella. She has become an integral part of the team when it comes to furniture selection, design and concept all the way through to delivery, install and project completion. Her keen furniture knowledge and passion drives her skills in furniture selection and consultancy and can provide valuable expertise on both the loose and systems side of any furniture package. Rosie graduated with BA (Hons) English with History.