Designer Profile: Matthew Leverone

 A lifelong passion for art and architecture propelled Matthew Leverone’s dedication to a career in interior design where his attention to scale, proportion and custom details would flourish. Matthew’s interiors are rooted in classical design with a clear, modern overtone. His deep understanding of interior architecture and spatial relationships assure that each project maintains a well-defined balance, sophistication and appropriateness of purpose.

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What inspired this career path for you? Initially, my parents — my father was an accomplished artist and had a passion for architecture, and my mother was a fashionista. Aesthetics are in my blood.

What is your go-to source for inspiration? There isn’t one single thing that informs my choices – I’m always looking for the new and unexpected. I’m drawn to fashion, art, and architecture for inspiration, but nuance and beauty is everywhere – the graining of a limestone slab, a gorgeous tablescape…

Tell us about your creative process. At the outset, our work is informed by three things – the location, architecture, and our client’s lifestyle. At some point, a project takes on a life of its own, but the goal is to create harmony between these elements.

Describe your style in 6 words or less. Modern, collected interiors.

What’s a staple in your tool kit? Texture. It’s the perfect juxtaposition for clean, modern architecture.

Who do you look up to in the design world? The work of Santiago Calatrava is so sculptural and inspiring; Piet Boon for his modern and serene interiors; and the sculpture of Dutch artist Frederik Molenschot.

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? We are in the midst of a trio of projects with some of my favorite architects – Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, Jim Jennings, and Walker Warner. Collaborating with them has been a dream. Moving forward, we would love to design a yacht.

Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.  Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo Da Vinci

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? DPages is my morning go-to. They always highlight interesting designers and interiors.

Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique backstories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc. Some of my favorite pieces in this collection are the custom pieces we created for showcase houses.

What do you love about Viyet? I love that Viyet lengthens the life of important furnishings. With Viyet, a Christian Liaigre sofa maintains its value over time, beyond its first (or even second) owner.

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