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