Matthew Holdren

American Made Since 2009

Matthew Holdren

New Orleans, Louisiana
I create furniture and interiors from wood salvaged in New Orleans. I hope that in my work I am not only making objects, but creating heirlooms.

Tell us about your business.

I am a furniture designer and craftsman working in New Orleans Louisiana. My work is inspired by and built from material that I salvage from 120+ year old shotgun style homes and creole cottages. The material I gather is so steeped in history that it drives me to not only make objects, but to honor the material by creating heirlooms for people to fill with their own family and personal histories. I also design and build interiors for restaurants, bars, retail spaces, and homes with reclaimed materials, hopefully keeping these pieces of the city's history alive during it's continued renewal, and taking part in New Orleans' past having a presence in it's future.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Go with your gut.

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