People to Watch Class of 2015
Photographed by Jeffery Johnston
Owner, Designer & Chief Fabricator, Matthew Holdren Design Inc.
With an affinity for building things out of, “old wood and junk and repurposing it,” Matthew Holdren spent most of last year designing and building a significant part of the new restaurant Ursa Major, while prepping for and showing his work at Jazz Fest.
From an entertainment console to an entire restaurant, Holdren is working on growing his business, “not getting much bigger in terms of employees and production,” he says, “but in the quality and design of my product.”
Last year he was named a member of “The Curbed Young Guns Class of 2014” and in 2012, he received Best in Show at the Green Project’s Salvations juried furniture exhibition.
Over the next year, Holdren will be moving his entire shop and materials into the 1840s home he recently purchased and is restoring. “It’s always been a dream to own my own work/live space,” he says.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done around town in public spaces,” he adds, “and that my pieces will hopefully be enjoyed and passed down for generations.”