based designer Matthew Leverone specializes in creating high end residential interiors that balance the modern classic with a flair for the unexpected. Matthew got his start out east on the New York’s competitive design scene, where he learned from a roster of distinguished design mentors, working on corporate, residential and retail design projects. In 2006, the burgeoning talent parlayed his years of experience into the founding of his own, award-winning firm – Leverone Design – where today, he brings his finely honed sensibilities and uncompromising understanding of craftsmanship, art, and architecture to client residences from North America to Hawaii. As huge fans of Matthew’s work, we invited him to share some of his most valuable design tips, tricks, and resources. There were no set questions, and the only rule was that he dig deep and be generous. Here’s what he had to say…
THE ROAD TO INSPIRATION…
Between site visits and sourcing trips, I’m on the road quite a bit and travel is always a great source of inspiration. With each city I visit, I’m always on the hunt for new museums, galleries and boutiques. I like to stay in hotels that have a more residential design aesthetic for inspiration. Two of my current favorites are JK Place in Rome and Portrait in Florence, which is located on the banks of the Arno, close to the Ponte Vecchio. Both properties are designed by celebrated Florentine architect and designer Michele Bönan and the interiors make you feel like you are staying at a friend’s beautifully-appointed home…
TOOLS OF THE TRADE…
Design books are a vital tool. When home, in San Francisco, I love to go to Jackson Square’s William Stout Architectural Books. Studying the works of masters in architecture, art, industrial, furniture and, of course, interior design, informs my work.
Galerie Carole Decombe in Paris, and now in LA, for their decorative artists.
WORDS OF WISDOM…
Design is a process that is ever-evolving. As a project moves forward, it’s important to reflect at each step and remain flexible while maintaining the vision.
Thank you, Matthew, for the gorgeous peek into your world!
1. Elliot Sconce – Brass
2. Joe Cariati Colored Glass Vessels
3. Regina Pillow – Navy
5. Mini Sofa with Arm by Vladimir Kagan
6. Black & White Stripe Rug