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Søren Matz's great grandfather Richard Matz was born and raised on Thurø Island, Denmark, where he apprenticed as a shipbuilder. From there he moved to Nysted, before taking the role of Managing Director for Nakskov Shipbuilding, which was established in 1916. He had many great ships built over the years – among them the "School Ship of Denmark" and the pictured four-masted schooner/Greenland expedition ship Gertrud Rask (built 1923) which was wrecked in Allied service off Nova Scotia in February 1942. Other ships built at the shipyard became trading ships and ventured as far as Shanghai and other Asian ports. The tradition of creating long-lasting fine woodwork for both ships and fine furniture has been handed down for generations in the Matz family.
At the age of 16, Søren Matz began his 4-year traditional apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker in Copenhagen. The apprenticeship is conducted in collaboration with the Danish ministry of education, and along with daily practice in the workshop including intensive courses of drawing and other subjects. In the spring of 1983, Søren graduated with a final exam established by the cabinetmakers guild – making a writing desk in mahogany.
Pic 1. Søren Matz sitting in the first counter chair he designed and handcrafted for a sushi restaurant in Kyoto, 1988.
Pic 2. Søren Matz in the large workshop of Nakamura Komuten in Kyoto, a workshop he shared daily with 40 great carpenters over 18 years.
Pic 3. Mr. Sotoji Nakamura, the owner and chief carpenter of the Nakamura Komuten, from who Søren Matz learned.
Pic 1. Kohseki Furniture showroom in Kyoto established by Søren Matz.
Pic 2. Wakuden restaurant Kyoto Station produced by Søren Matz made with special ELM Chairs by Hans Jacobsen.
Pic 3. Original Finn Juhl Furniture suits an interior for a client in Yokohama.
Pic 4, 5. Dining ktchen for the philosopher Umehara-san by Toshihito Yokuuchi in collaboration with Søren Matz.
Pic 1. Hans Wegner exhibition at Ozone Center in Tokyo, 1996. Søren Matz in collaboration with Danish Design Center and Noritsugu Oda who loaned 100 original Wegner chairs to the show. 6000 hardcopy catalogs were sold during the exhibition.
Pic 2. Poul Kjaerholm Exhibition with Yamagiwa in Tokyo 1998.
Pic 3. "100 Years of Danish Cabinetry" at Kronborg Castle in Denmark. Initiated and produced by Søren Matz, and made in collaboration with the Danish Museum of Applied Arts.
Pic 4. Finn Juhl Exhibition in Osaka.
Pic 1. MatzForm's first warehouse studio in Shanghai devoting an entire corner to Kvadrat Textiles in 2005.
Pic 2. MatzForm's early exhibition space in Shanghai 2005.
Pic 3. MatzForms first commission in China;  Furniture for the Shintori restaurant at Julu Rd.
Pic 4. Jean Georges New York.
Pic 1. Qantas lounge area in Singapore produced by MatzForm.
Pic 2. Luxembourg Embassy in Beijing.
Pic 1. TRB Restaurant in Beijing produced by MatzForm.
Pic 2. King's Joy vegetarian restaurant in Beijing produced by MatzForm.
Pic 3. Henkes in Shanghai produced by MatzForm.
Pic 1. The Nest in Shanghai by MatzForm.
Pic 2. Baker&Spice in Shanghai by MatzForm.
Pic 3. Qantas Airline Lounge in Hong Kong.
Pic 4. Embassy House in Beijing.
Pic 5. CEIBS China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.
Pic 1. MatzForm booth at Shanghai International Funiture Expo 2016.
Pic 2. Pelikan restaurant in Shanghai produced by MatzForm.
Pic 3. Kwerk Bienfaisance co-working space in Pairs by MatzForm.
Pic 4. Glasshouse restaurant in Shanghai.
Pic 1. Pop-up Museum in Suzhou by ULIVING X MatzForm.
Pic 2. Qantas Airline First Class Lounge in Sydney by MatzForm.
Pic 3. YellowForm pop-up Store.
Pic 4. Super popular all-day brunch Cali cuisine Highline restaurant in Shanghai.
Pic 5. Mercato in Guangzhou custom-made by MatzForm.
Pic 6. Art&Zimt Exhibition.
Pic 1. CUUNION Concept Fair 2018.
Pic 2. Bubble Craze - official launch party for Corral collection in Shanghai.
Pic 3. Facebook co-working space in Singapore by MatzForm.
Pic 4. MatzForm booth at BDNY (Boutique Design New York) 2018 in New York city.
Pic 5. Peet's Coffee Flagship Store on Donghu Road in Shanghai.
Pic 6. Nio House in Chengdu.
Pic 7. Charles&Keith x MatzForm campaign.
Pic 8. Retail shop at Lanehub Shanghai.
Pic 9. Shape Astral Apt The Star in Sydney by MatzForm.
Pic 1. MatzForm New Showroom on The Bund (271 Hankou Road).
Pic 2. MatzForm X Urban Fabric.
Pic 3. Danish Design DNA Workshop.
Pic 4. MatzForm booth at LPS Shanghai 2019.
Pic 5. théATRE teahouse/café in Beijing.
Pic 6. Yanqing Villa in Beijing.
Pic 7. Kering Office in Shanghai.
Pic 8. Four Seasons Hotel featuring Dino Diner in Seattle, US.
Pic 9. Dongyuan co-working space in Nanjing.
Pic 1. Mr. Søren Matz conducting quality inspection on-site for Peet's Coffee projects.
Pic 2. Peet's Coffee Daxue Rd. branch by MatzForm.
Pic 3. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero featuring Dino Diner.
Pic 4. Huawei Global Flagship Store featuring MatzForm daybeds.
Pic 5. "First time made it to the desert" with Marrakech folding chairs by MatzForm.
Pic 6. NEOBRIDGE hotel in Shanghai vastly featuring MatzForm furniture.
Pic 7. MatzForm booth at (CIFE) China International Furniture Expo 2020.
Pic 8. "Sixty Danish Chairs from The Sixties" pop-up exhibition at ALLUNEEDNOW (98-1 Yanping Road) in Shanghai.
Pic 9. Restaurant Lunar opened in Shanghai featuring Dino Diner chairs.
Pic 1. L'edition Alliance opened in Jeju Korea.
Pic 2. Qiao Coffee opened on the West Bund in Shanghai.
Pic 3. MatzForm delivered furniture for Citigold West Nanjing Road Branch in Shanghai