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The Core Team

Established in 2014 our core team has grown: attracting passionate furniture professionals from the schools of architecture, furniture, interiors and product design.

Passion for Furniture

We believe our unique mix helps with the holistic approach to delivering successful projects but of course we all have one thing in common – A passion for contemporary furniture.

The Core Team

Matt Clarke


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 specifications, manufacturers ‘Allermuir’ and ‘Vitra’ are where he fine-tuned his passion for furniture.

Tilly Coates


Tilly studied BA (Hons) Interior Design at Falmouth University, before joining Basha-Franklin as a designer. Whilst working as an interior designer Tilly advanced her knowledge and love for furniture before moving to Umbrella. Tilly brings fantastic product knowledge, a well-rounded understanding of the industry and passion for furniture design. She has a strong knowledge of fabrics and finishes and her enthusiasm and personable nature make her excellent when liaising with customers and clients in all situations that arise through furniture specification.

Nick Ansell


After graduating from the University of Kent with a BA (Hons) in Business & Marketing, Nick ended up working for a number of blue-chip companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Beam Suntory. Seeking a new challenge, Nick’s first venture into the furniture world was in 2015 when he joined the Umbrella team as a furniture consultant. Working closely with Matt, he was embedded immediately into large multi-supplier projects such as EDF, Lloyd’s Register, Centrica and a large international cosmetic company. It was on projects, such as these Nick was able to fine-tune his skill set namely in project management and furniture specification. With his eyes now truly opened to the world of furniture, he is now looking to further advance his credentials in this industry.

Toby Price


Toby joined the business at 17, enrolling in an apprenticeship scheme whilst working in the business development department. After 3 years in that area of the business, and starting to understand more about the back end of project management he then moved over to the sales team in 2018 supporting the team with projects from small offices to multi-million-pound schemes. Since then he has built up a range of clients as well as continued to support the business with large projects and tenders.

Toby’s knowledge of the furniture market and attention to detail from a finishes perspective brings valuable support to the Umbrella projects offering whilst detailing our large furniture schemes.


Contract furniture specialists, specified, procured and delivered.

Contract furniture specialists, specified, procured and delivered.

We work with architects and designers to support them with multi-supplier loose furniture contracts they trust us to take the stress out of a complex furniture package, adding value to them and their clients.

What We Do
Need a furniture procurement specialist? We can help.