Studio Tour

Studio Tour: Consort Design

by Sabrina Smelko

Stumbling into Consort Design‘s brick-and-mortar studio-shop nestled on Melrose Ave. in downtown Los Angeles, CA may feel like you’ve accidentally walked into someone’s home. Founded by Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, Consort’s 2,000-square-foot shoppable showroom is the ultimate showcase of their comfortable, cool design aesthetic. Purposely set up to feel like a home, all of the rooms are accessible through various hallways, offering a unique and immersive experience. “We really wanted people to see themselves living in the space,” Mat explains, “so the store is fully decorated like different rooms of a house.”

Having cut his teeth in New York City where he worked as a stylist, as a market editor for Apartment Therapy, and on the Domino Magazine team, Mat first met Brandon at Mat’s going-away party in Brooklyn, NY. Mat was moving to California to launch MyDomaine, and Brandon — who had previously worked in the interiors division at SHoP Architects where he designed projects such as Jay-Z’s Barclays Center and the Shopbop office headquarters in NY — was working on the design team at Soul Cycle at the time. Coincidentally, Brandon was relocated to LA six months later, and the stars suddenly aligned for the couple.

“There is so much great design shopping out there, so it really forced us to dig far and wide for things nobody has seen before,” Mat shares. “We scoured the world and fell down some social media rabbit holes to find artists and makers that were new and next.” For Mat and Brandon, happening upon this blank canvas may have been serendipitous, but the location was no accident. “We chose to set up shop in a corner of LA that is on the cutting edge of design, with a nice mix of high and low shopping,” Mat notes. “The adjacencies are incredible. Across the street we have Cliff Fong’s Galerie Half empire, next door are our friends at Lawson Fenning, and around the corner on Highland you’ll find Blackman Cruz and J.F. Chen. It feels like where all the cool kids are hanging out!”

The perfect space to host their ever-changing gallery of what’s cool and trendy in furniture, art, and decor, the shop is more than just a great location: it has offered Mat and Brandon a home base that New York could have never offered, and one where they could live out their love for decorating. “Now that we have a shop, our home has become an ever-rotating carousel of design,” Mat begins, “When we find great pieces on our scouts, so it’s hard to give them up right away!”

Splashed in color, texture, edgy surprises, and tons of graphic touches, items new and old are constantly in rotation, so visiting the shop is always a different and fun experience — and that’s just how they intend to keep it. “We’re so thankful that we have a space to let our imaginations run wild,” Mat says. “We have the ability to give the public more access not only to the Consort aesthetic, but also a place to come explore all the cool designers and artists we love in one spot.” –Sabrina

Photography by Colin King

Studio Tour: Consort Design
"The shop is programmed like fully decorated rooms of the house," Mat and Brandon explain, "including a colorful open-floor-plan bedroom and this pink dining room." This custom stone trellis dining table is the same one that they have in their own home. "It comes in any size, finish, and stone," they continue, "We love it because it is stunning and steadfast — a really great place for gathering friends and socializing."
Studio Tour: Consort Design
On a wall in the "dining room," Mat and Brandon stocked shelves with items from all of the cool designers and artists they love. "The kitchen is the heart of the home and we love to entertain. We love these ceramic deviled eggs by artist Katie Kimmel!"
Studio Tour: Consort Design
For help finding just the right colors for the space, Mat and Brandon turned to the Farrow & Ball color palette. "The colors were ideal for setting a tone that was both poppy and sophisticated," they comment. This particular pink is called "Calamine."
Studio Tour: Consort Design
From left to right are partners in work and life, Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone. Both co-founders, Mat assumes the role as Creative Director and Brandon holds the reins as Development Director.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
Mat and Brandon kept the bedroom light and bright. They painted the walls in "All White" by Farrow & Ball and upholstered their customizable Babe Bed in a white linen. "The Memphis-inspired bed frame is one of our Consort designed pieces and features a rounded headboard and two-tone feet," they explain, "This one in walnut and brass."
Studio Tour: Consort Design
The mid-century Italian chandelier was a vintage find, the “Overlapped: Striped Cube” artwork is by Kris Tamburello, the Felnfeliz Sconce is by SABIN, and the bedding is from Parachute Home. The books, nightstand and black and light blue velvet and white color block pillow are all Consort creations.
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The 1950s vintage table lamp is by Gerald Thurston, the art is by David Kaul, and the marble Paw Paperweight and Hudson dresser is from Consort.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
"Our blue wall has become somewhat of our signature on Instagram," Mat and Brandon say. "It provides the perfect bold backdrop for all of our art and furniture pieces." The wall color is "Blue Danube" by Benjamin Moore. Originally, they designed this floating credenza with leather slings for a client in New York, but they fell in love with how it turned out so much that they reproduced one for the shop! "We also love the [fun] mixed media pieces of artist Matt Maust."
Studio Tour: Consort Design
A vignette in the Consort studio entryway. "It’s the first impression people have walking into the shop and we wanted it to show the mix our shop has to offer - there’s vintage, handmade and custom furniture," Mat and Brandon explain. They found this vintage Italian brass shield framed mirror at the Paris flea market. The Broadway Chair was by Gaetano Pesce for Bernini Italy, the Roxbury Cabinet is by SABIN, the Thalia Table Lamp is by Studio PGRB, and the artwork is by Theresa Drapkin.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
Consort carries a variety of ceramics in their store, and these three pieces from Workaday Handmade are some of their favorites. "These particular ceramics are designed and handmade in Brooklyn and are the definition of cool."
Studio Tour: Consort Design
In one of their living rooms, you'll find ample vintage pieces mixed in with new ones, resting below an image of Michael Caine from Getty Images and a gorgeous chandelier by Studio PGRB. The Rossmore rug is vintage, as is the coffee table, the leather sofa, and the chrome chairs. The Teddy Sofa to the right is by Estee Stanley, the nightstand is from the 1950s by Paul McCobb, and the Wearstler Mudcloth Pillow is by Atelier Boemia.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
Whereas this living room exudes sophistication, richness, and deep earthy tones, the other living room is a playground of airy, light tones and pops of color. Atop the coffee table, the walnut tray is by AYTM, and the gold coasters are by Souda.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
With myriad materials from glass to brass, this living space is airy, bright and pretty. Centered around a vintage dome pendant light by Franco Albini and Franca Helg (which hangs above a Yield Design coffee table), is a sofa by Estee Stanley and a pair of Harvey Probber lavender velvet club chairs. The pillows are a mix of Consort Design's own creations, as well as pieces from Atelier Boemia and AYTM.
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This corner of the living space is used as an art nook fittingly decorated with artwork from Angelo Monserat and Matt Maust (left to right). The deer, horse and bull wall mounts are by Softheads, the arrow pendant is by Studio PGRB, the brass hands and books are by Consort, the bench was custom made by CBM Woodworks, designed by Consort, and the Ambrose rug is a vintage find, as is the wood dresser.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
"This corner of the living room features our pièce de résistance," Mat says, "a gorgeous 7-foot brass palm tree floor lamp by MVNGMNTS." The arrow console table and books are from Consort, and the small blush and gold lips vase is by Lux/Eros. The neon artwork is by Andrew Arthur.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
Consort's shoppable and plush pillow wall! Again the wall mounted faux animal heads are by Softheads, and the vintage White Modern Danish armchair is by Jens Risom.
Studio Tour: Consort Design
All of the rugs in their inventory are vintage and sourced from across the globe. "Our collection of well-traveled rugs has an artistic story to tell," Mat shares.

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