Hollywood A-Listers Love Consort’s Signature ‘Undecorated’ Style - 1stDibs Introspective

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Hollywood A-Listers Love Consort’s Signature ‘Undecorated’ Style

Consort Home founders Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone

Consort founders Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone at their L.A. showroom/shop. The six-year-old firm is a favorite of celebrities and creative moguls including Jessica Alba and Jen Atkin. Portrait courtesy of Consort. Top: In Atkin’s living room, a pair of photographs by her husband, Mike Rosenthal, hang above a custom sofa by Consort. Photo by Dusty Lu

Designers Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, the two halves of witty, modern-glam interior design firm Consort, do not have the typical decorator pedigree — and that, they feel, is one of their strengths. Sanders, an aspiring stage performer as a child, became an influential design editor for Apartment Therapy, Domino and, later, the online lifestyle site MyDomaine. Quattrone joined New York firm SHoP Architects after college, contributing to high-profile projects like Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the offices of Shopbop before joining the design and development team at SoulCycle. The couple, partners in work and in life, met in 2013 and soon realized that their different backgrounds could be a plus.

“I think our varied experiences gives us a kind of freedom to just do what we like,” explains Quattrone, Consort’s development director. “We are not too fussy about the decor process. We really try to just let it be organic.” Sanders, the creative director, notes that his editorial eye gives him a sense of just what the client will want. “I think about the rooms and vignettes in a photographic sense,” he says. “I know what people are going to love and what will go viral. In this social-media age, I am always designing for the ‘likes.’ ”

Consort’s interiors have been very well-liked, both by its celebrity clients — Jimmy Kimmel, Sophia Bush and Nicole Richie, among them — and by droves of Pinterest and Instagram followers, who respond to their easy charm and lack of pretension. “We wanted to capture something we felt was missing in the interior design world: an unfussy, unruffled style that looks like you could almost have done it yourself,” Sanders says. “Something curated and eclectic. Assembling a home that tells your story.”

 

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Hollywood A-Listers Love Consort’s Signature ‘Undecorated’ Style

For a young family living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Consort designed a comfortable, kid-friendly space in a classic townhouse with a modern, renovated interior. Playful and eclectic, the room includes armchairs upholstered in a Zak+Fox fabric and a vase by Matthew Ward. Photo by Reid Rolls

Left: Bringing texture and warmth to this family home, with its stark renovation, was key. Consort chose a vintage brass floor lamp and a wood Eames chair to flank the rich leather daybed. Right: Function and form were important to the young clients, so Consort outfitted the open kitchen with a custom table and bench to create a flexible dining space. The chairs are vintage.
Photos by Reid Rolls

For the parents of twins, Sanders and Quattrone created a master bedroom that is stylish and soothing. The custom bed is by Consort, the art by Nicole Cohen, and the ceiling fixture from Andrew Neyer.

Fashion designer Erin Fetherston wanted a “soft and serene” living space for her traditional English-style home in West Hollywood. The curving arches of the doorways are echoed in a round mirror by Consort, which is flanked by a pair of matching lamps by Pletz. Photo by Laure Joliet

Left: The bedroom includes a mid-century chair by Zanotta, a basket by Consort and an Indian bedcover from Hollywood at Home. Right: For a sun-dappled patio dining area, Consort layered rugs haphazardly. Fetherston’s own linens dress the table. Photos by Laure Joliet

Left: Sanders and Quattrone lined the home’s mantel with vessels from Nickey Kehoe. A log holder from Consort and a Franco Albini rattan ottoman flank the fireplace. Right: The entryway features a brass mirror and console table by Consort. Photo by Laure Joliet

Left: Consort painted Fetherston’s kitchen island a brilliant blue for a pop of color in the mostly neutral home. The cutting boards and ceramic bowl are from Consort. Right: The dining nook contains an Eero Saarinen Tulip table and a pair of Marcel Breuer Cesca-style chairs. Photos by Laure Joliet

 

Tribeca office by Consort

This Tribeca office is painted a rich green-blue that makes the vintage floor lamp and Sabin desk pop. The built-in bookcases are filled with curated objects, including a brass hand sculpture from Consort. Photo by Reid Rolls

 

The pair’s first projects were an extension of Sanders’s editorial work for MyDomaine, which offers voracious design devotees a peek inside the spaces of celebrities, tastemakers and chic entrepreneurs. “A one-off styling project turned into the client’s asking, ‘Actually, can you come back and do the rest of the house?,’ ” Sanders recalls. One of their earliest fans was Jessica Alba, the actress turned Honest Company mogul. Consort became her on-call designer, creating her firm’s modern-cozy office space in 2017 as well as her eco-friendly Los Angeles guest house, whose look was influenced by the old-world vibe of New York’s Bowery and Gramercy Park hotels.

L.A.’s powerful word of mouth soon brought them a slew of new clients, from friends and former colleagues to a roster of celebrities attracted to Consort’s vintage-inspired “undecorated” look. “I think our client is a person who already has really great style,” Sanders says. “They want something that feels casual and creative.”

An early project that helped them hone their aesthetic was a mountain escape in Telluride, owned by Quattrone’s former SoulCycle boss, which has breathtaking views of Box Canyon. “It was a tabula rasa — we got to put our stamp on it,” Quattrone says of the contemporary glass, steel and stone home. They outfitted it with elements inspired by the ski town’s origins as a mining hub, such as gilded chandeliers and oversize custom mirrors that reflect the natural splendor outside. “There are lots of mixed materials: blackened steel, grayscale stone, glass, monochromatic elements,” he continues. “We infused the house with a lot of warmth, too, with nubby knits, furs, patterned linens and soft cashmeres. It’s a multi-seasonal hangout for a busy family.”

For the Hollywood home of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin and her photographer husband, Mike Rosenthal, the firm wrote a new design story that played with its colorful past. The 1920 Spanish-style house was previously owned by interior and set designer — and famed maximalist — Tony Duquette, and the couple hoped to convert the interior into a modern, minimalist space. “It had good energy to begin with,” says Quattrone. “We focused on keeping the decor warm and inviting while still remaining very neutral.” The furnishing has unassuming, relaxed lines in shades of white, cream and gray. The design features unassuming, relaxed lines and shades of white, cream and gray punctuated with pops of black, as well as natural wood and an abundance of textures (linen, leather, wool). Rounding out the look are bold photographs by Rosenthal and a whimsical touch or two, such as a taxidermy peacock overlooking the dining table. Tony would no doubt have approved.

With a staff of 15 and offices in L.A. and New York, Consort’s principals find themselves constantly on the move. The studio’s recent projects include a modern bachelor pad in Manhattan’s Tribeca, a fashion designer’s airy white oasis in Hollywood and a rock-and-roll family’s home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood. The eclecticism in their work results from a healthy tension between the partners’ individual points of view. “Being from the school of editorial, I always want more things,” says Sanders. “I like more color, texture, et cetera.” Given his architectural background, Quattrone is apt to prefer less, which can have another kind of impact. They often meet in the middle. “He edits me down, and I push him forward,” says Sanders.

 

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In celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin’s Hollywood dining room, replete with a taxidermy white peacock, a Doron Silverman dining table is surrounded by Consort chairs. Photo by Dusty Lu

In the master bedroom of a rock musician’s Los Feliz home, Consort layered textures and muted tones in an upholstered bed, velvet and brass stools from Lawson-Fenning and lacquered nightstands from Blend Interiors. Photo by Daniel Collopy

Left: Consort aimed to create an edgy space that was not off-putting. Filling the home with high-contrast design and impactful art was a priority, as was achieving a cozy vibe. On one side of the living room, a striped Milo Baughman bench is paired with a leather wingback chair by Marco Zanuso. Right: The dining room centerpiece is a fixture by Studio Dunn. The dining chairs are by Norman Cherner for Plycraft. Photos by Daniel Collopy

For a bachelor in New York’s Tribeca looking to make his apartment warmer and more welcoming for the next phase of his life, Consort created social hubs with lots of places to sit and converse, like this open kitchen/dining space. The table is by BDDW and the stools are by Thomas Hayes Studio. Photo by Reid Rolls

Left: In Venice Beach, a tech professional was looking for fresh, bright California decor. A pair of leather chairs from Hollywood at Home creates a seating area off the main living space. Right: The airy white kitchen is well suited to the relaxed entertaining style of the owner. The chandelier is from Atelier de Troupe. Photos by Joe Schmeltzer

Left: The home office has a punchy palm wallpaper from Schumacher, a custom acrylic desk by Consort and vintage chair by Arthur Umanoff. Right: In the master bedroom, Consort created a custom bed and nightstands. The wallpaper adds subtle graphic lines. The bench is from Lawson-Fenning. Photos by Joe Schmeltzer

 

Venice Beach living room by Consort

In the living room of the Venice Beach house, the chair is from L.A.’s Lawson-Fenning and the coffee table is from Nickey Kehoe. Photo by Joe Schmeltzer

The pair’s inspirations are equally diverse. For Sanders, it’s Pee-Wee Herman and Ernest Hemingway. “I love that Herman loved Memphis Group design and that his furniture literally talked to him,” he says. “And one of my favorite places in the world is Hemingway’s home and museum in Key West. It’s very influential for me. Classic, casual, coastal.” Quattrone cites design greats of French modernism Prouvé, Perriand, Jeanneret. “I also love Perrin & Perrin and that whole vibe,” he says. “From my architecture days, I admire the work of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.”

Influences past and present coalesce at the design shop they established in 2015 on L.A.’s Melrose Avenue, a quick stroll from design meccas J.F. Chen, Lawson-Fenning and Galerie Half. (They also have a shop in Tribeca.) The loft-like space, drenched in white paint to better showcase their favorite lines, has a brand-new addition this month: Consort Collection, their first furniture line, comprising 44 customizable pieces handcrafted in the U.S. The array of seating, tables and case pieces is a product of both inspiration and necessity. It germinated from their frequent trips to the dealers at Paris’s Clignancourt flea market. “We were planning a furniture collection and wanted it to have a genesis in something we love,” says Sanders. “Like Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, it’s like a silent account of someone’s time there.”

From the resin used in their tables to the heart shape of their settee, the materials and silhouettes of the pieces they’ve put into production were born from conversations with clients and friends. “We wanted to make sure we hit every category and had something we would use in every project,” says Quattrone. “The goal was to make things accessible and elevated at the same time.” Like their designs, this seems to be the Consort way.

What about that name, anyway? “We knew we wanted it to be bigger than just us, so we decided not to use our own names,” Sanders explains. After compiling a list of words and phrases they liked, they kept coming back to Consort. “It was apropos because it’s an old word that refers to the confidant/spouse of a king or a queen,” he says with a mischievous smile. “And they often get them into a bit of trouble.”


Consort’s Quick Picks on 1stdibs

“We love the soft, plush, comfy vibe of the Polar Bear sofa. Comfortable and sexy!”

“We love a good unexpected wicker moment, and we’ve never seen a set like this before.”

“The scale of these chairs is slightly smaller than expected. We love to sneak them into the corner of a perfectly eclectic room!”

“Every room needs a Matégot moment, unexpected and funky.”

A slightly different Serge profile that we’re not used to seeing. We love to clip this on our desk and burn the midnight oil.”

This fills our need and love for stone sculpture!”

We love the Bellini sofa so much, especially for large game rooms and lounge spaces where the vibes are totally casual and flexible!”

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