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Strike Up the Brand

A Frame for Life. This is the tagline of Interior Matter’s new website which we have proudly and recently launched. We articulate our design philosophy which is rooted in a home’s personality. That personality is imbued by our clients. And we are nothing without a strong and collaborative relationship with our clients. Chemistry…

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Field Trip – Casa Perfect
Casa Perfect is a popup by NYC-based design retailer Future Perfect.  It is housed within a 1971 Beverly Hills 5,000 sq ft home designed by local architect Raul F. Garduno. The residence possesses a seductive low-rise silhouette with long curving hallways and floor to ceiling windows that afford panoramic views of the LA basin. The...
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What do interior designers and filmmakers have in common?
On Sunday, March 27 at 8pm ET, the 94th Academy Awards will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The nominees may be found here. Among the prestigious categories is the one for best cinematography. Cinematography includes lighting, framing, composition, camera motion, camera angles, film selection, lens choices, depth of field, zoom, focus, color,...
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Walkin’ in LA
In 1982, Missing Persons had it right. No one walks in LA! Welcome to the West Coast edition of What Matters. Our Chief Strategy Officer, Jason, is in LA for the winter looking at opportunities for expansion and driving to the many design studios to source beautiful furniture and accessories for our clients in metro DC. From...
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Team Building
Happy new year! May this year be a little more in-person than 2021. We feel very lucky and fortunate at Interior Matter. Despite the pandemic, we have been able to grow as a company by adding fabulous new projects to our pipeline and portfolio. We have also added amazingly talented people to our team.  We...
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Tree Whiz
Walnut, oak, maple, mahogany, cherry, bamboo, birch, pine, rosewood, chestnut, ebony, ash, zebrano, sycamore, teak, ipe, holly, hickory. Rift cut, quarter sewn, plain, live edge. Veneer and solid. Tongue and groove, biscuit joint, butt joints, dovetail, mortise and tendon, pocket joint. Green harvesting and deforestation. The world of trees and wood for construction and furniture...
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Outside Chance
We’ve all experienced various effects from the much discussed supply chain problems. Pent up product demand, lockdowns leading to raw material and product shortages, shipping container shortages, port labor shortages, truck driver labor shortages, and shrinking warehouse capacity are all weak links in the chain. Pivoting to interior design and recognizing that people want to spend...
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Met Gala Mashup
The theme of this year’s Met Gala was American Independence. Many people criticized the vague theme, but fashion designers with their celebrity clients and muses interpreted the theme in fierce and fabulous ways. This month, we thought it would be fun to illustrate a Met Gala x Interior Design mashup. Which came first – trends in haute couture...
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Insta Gram Positive
September means back to school, the end of summer, the pandemic variants, and an uncertain future. We want to entertain you this month with some very funny design-related Instagram accounts we suggest following. My grandmother used to tell me that laughter is the best medicine. Let’s hope this old adage (and vaccines with boosters) helps...
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Market Share
The High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina finally returned for designers to attend in June of this year. Our principal designer, Sarita Simpson and senior designer, Hannah Goldberg were excited to attend to meet with vendors, see new furniture releases, shop for our clients, and feel generally “normal” for the first time in 18...
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UFOs – Uncompromising Futuristic Objects
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live on the set of The Jetsons, Star Trek, Buck Rogers, Mad Max, or Star Wars? Have you been reading about the resurgence of UFO stories in the news? It seems that alien architecture is making its way down to Earth. Is this architecture attracting UFOs?...
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The Travel Bug
We know it seems like 17 years since we were able to travel, but just like the cicadas, we’re beginning to emerge from the pandemic. As the globe slowly opens to vaccinated travelers, we thought we would return to highlighting what’s new in design and tourism around the world. If you’re planning trips or still...
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From Dot Matrix to 3D
Who remembers a big box of continuous fold paper with perforated pin-fed sides that sat underneath your dot matrix printer which sounded like a chain saw when printing? We thought it was a miracle to print from our word processors and early PCs! No graphics to speak of, one font, and you could bold and...
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What’s Your Type?
If you pause and focus on every visual message that you see during the day then you’re acknowledging the impact of graphic design. How does a message get communicated through the use of font, color, imagery, and other graphic elements? From street signs to corporate logos to wayfinding signage to Ikea assembly instructions, typography and graphic...
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Scene Between the Lines
Mise-en-scène refers to everything that appears before a camera in a film. The set design, lighting, space, composition, costumes, hair and makeup, acting, etc. We often think about interior design in similar terms. How will a space be developed? How will people engage with the space? There is an interesting intersection between mise-en-scène and interior design discussed in this...
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Let’s Keep Our Spirits High
On January 20, we entered a new era in American history and were blown away by Amanda Gorman’s poem The Hill We Climb that she wrote for the inauguration. “We seek harm to none and harmony for all.” Gorman spoke. At the same time, we’re facing what we hope to be the last uphill climb during the...
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She’s a Rainbow
Let’s use a 53-year-old song by The Rolling Stones in order to look back at 2020 and forward to 2021.  “She comes in colours,” says the song.  We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.  We see optimism, kindness, and color. We also want to highlight some of the good stories...
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Peace Out 2020
As we look back on 2020 through the lens of Interior Matter, we’re thankful and grateful to our clients and supporters who continued their projects, hired us during the pandemic, and trusted us to design their dream homes.  And to those who featured us in the press and who follow us on Instagram, thank you.  We...
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Vote
Elections matter. Our democratic right to vote matters, and your individual vote counts. Please go vote Nov 3, and we’ll check back in with you in December. In the meantime, please enjoy a few stories about the convergence of design and democracy. Design for Democracy Design for Democracy is based on the premise that good design makes your choices...
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The Paper Chase
While our subject is a reference to the 1973 movie of the same name, we’re observing that during the pandemic people are still chasing down toilet paper and paper towels. In a way it’s odd to think of this time as a chase at all. To us, it seems that time has really slowed down....
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Curves of Steal
Curves are stealing the show in 21st Century architecture and design.  Their roots are found in ancient Rome with the circular and domed Pantheon built in 126 AD and the oval and arcaded Colosseum built in 80 AD.  In the mid-20th Century Frank Lloyd Wright designed the circular Guggenheim Museum in New York (@guggenheim). In...
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A Room of One’s Own
We’re still here like you working from home, wearing masks, and trying to enjoy Summer. If you’re like us and like to have a trip on your calendar even if you end up canceling it because of the pandemic, then you probably noticed that there are only 30 countries allowing American tourists right now (of the 193...
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Try Angles
We have a special edition of What Matters this month.  This is a bit of an escapist issue where we are going to show you the inside of a spectacular modernist home in the DC-metro area that happens to be for sale.  Designed by world renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in 1971, The Jacobsen House like many of Jacobsen’s architectural works...
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Zooming In
Are you working from a home office or the dining room? Are you finding that your desk is an appropriate size, or are you at the breakfast table? How about your chair? Is it comfortable, or are you sitting on a barstool? And those walls behind your Zoom calls? Are they bare or filled with...
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Muse You Can Use
Hi there, It was only a month ago that we sent an email about our Design During Distancing process.  We weren’t sure if anyone would be ready to work with us during this pandemic, but some of you did, and we thank you!  And thanks for forwarding our emails. We have a fun present: a couple...
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See, Hear, Smell, Taste
This month Interior Matter chatted with Lauren Laitin, Founder and Principal of DC-based Parachute Coaching, a leadership coaching practice, about ways we might carve up our space to focus our time. “Work-life boundaries are always a work in progress,” Laitin said. “Now we’ve turned up the volume big time on those challenges by trying to do...
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Stay the Course
It’s mid-Winter. We’re way past the holidays and even past Presidents’ Day Weekend.  The days are getting longer, but it feels like a long stretch to get to Spring let alone Summer.  Students may need a little push and encouragement to keep their heads down and press on with their hard work until Spring Break....
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Field Goals
Super Bowl LIV is on Sunday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Some of you will be quite passionate about the winner between the Chiefs and 49ers. Others will want to know the winner of the J-Lo and Shakira half-time concert. And still others will pay attention to the TV only when the commercials...
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Missions Accomplished
Happy 2020 from Interior Matter! Governments from around the world have been recently building and renovating their diplomatic buildings and campuses to house their diplomatic missions. They are literally building diplomacy. We are going to take a look at two such projects. Cheerio The US embassy in the UK has finally moved and reopened in...
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What is the Only City to Receive a Royal Gold Medal for Architecture?
It is also the largest city on the Mediterranean.  Yes, it’s Barcelona.  This month we look at two world renowned architectural masterpieces both of which are in Barcelona.  We also look at Barcelona’s culinary design and some of our own design at Interior Matter.  Finally please support a fabulous benefit for the holidays from our...
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Who’s Hot?
Press Matters Interior Matter is honored to be included in the 2019 Home & Design’s Hot Talent issue. We would like to thank Sharon Dan and her team at Home & Design as well as our clients and colleagues for their business and support. We look forward to your referrals and future projects. In 1979, AC/DC...
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Are You Knoll Oriented?
Knoll is one of the most iconic American furniture manufacturers and this year celebrated 80 years in business. Knoll is the only authorized producer of the lines of furniture originally designed by Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, and Warren Platner just to name a few. Their headquarters and...
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Organic Compounds
With the recent news that the glacier on top of Mont Blanc is melting so much that it may cause an ice avalanche, architects and designers are more aggressively looking for ways to recycle and reduce the carbon footprints of buildings.  This month we bring you two stories about the convergence of environment and design....
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Interior Matter’s European Vacation
Our September issue focuses on two European architectural and design powerhouses; Vienna and Amsterdam.  Our readers are currently planning their Winter and Spring trips to Europe, so we thought this would be a good time to discuss a few highlights in each of these cities. Selfie Help At a time when many people miss a...
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