Secret Spaces: Matt and Elvis

Matt Goss’ home and nearby antiques shop have grown up around him into spaces that are a mix of whimsy and savvy sellable collectors items. Having started his working life as a business studies teacher in West London and only discovering his place in antiques through a love of auctions, his aesthetic has developed out of passion and a cunning business mind. It may seem incongruous to see a burly East London lad fashioning a delicate kaleidoscope of Swallowtail butterflies to fill antique bell jars – but it is a perfect analogy of his design style; where unicorns and angels sit alongside sturdy leather sofas and heavy wood furniture…and his long-suffering bulldog, Elvis.

Photography by Alicia Waite