biography
 

Matthew Kroeker is an independent industrial designer based in Winnipeg, Canada and is the creative director and co-founder behind Top & Derby; an upstart manufacturer that aims to diminish the stigma of disability through the design of thoughtful and stylish home healthcare products. Kroeker is focused on creating smart everyday products and furniture that strive to enhance the rituals of our daily routines. He’s had the opportunity to design for many facets of industry including rapid transit buses, housewares, and home furnishings. His experimental furniture and product concepts explore a blend of old and unconventional materials that often offer a nod to the past while being firmly rooted in the present. He’s a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and his work has been exhibited in New York and Milan. He’s been published in prominent international publications including The New York Times, Interni and Fast Company, and has earned numerous awards including a 2014 IDEA award for the Chatfield walking cane.
 


AWARDS

 

2014 – IDEA Awards: Silver, Top & Derby Chatfield Walking Cane

2008 – Western Living: Designer of the Year, Furniture Design

2008 – Canadian Interiors: Best of Canada Award, Product Design

2007 – Best of NeoCon: Silver award, Splinter chairs

2007 – Canadian Interiors: Best of Canada Award, Product design

2007 – Interior Design Magazine: Merit Award, Splinter chairs

2006 – Metropolis Magazine: Best Prototype Award, IDS
 


EXHIBITIONS

 

EQ3 Assembly, Interior Design Show, Toronto, 2016

YWG - The Quiet Influence, RAW Gallery, Winnipeg, 2013

Dream House, PlugIn Gallery, Winnipeg, 2009

2 Chairs, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, 2009

Wry & Ginger, DWR Meatpacking district, New York, 2008

Azure’s 10 Innovative Designers, IDS, Toronto, 2008

New Design Canada, ICFF, New York, 2007

Prototype, Interior Design Show, Toronto, 2007

Wallpaper* Global Edit, Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2006

Cabin/Cabane, Felissimo Design House, New York, 2005