Matthew Patrick Smyth: Classic Comfort
Clients in search of elegant but livable interiors call interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth “Everyday chic” is an elusive quality for any home—a stylish space with sophisticated elements and antiques that accommodates Netflix binges and kids as easily as cocktail parties.
With his no-fuss refinement, the prolific New York designer brings his love of history to every project, as well as his various product collections. Smyth has created has created a bed for luxury London maker Savoir Beds, carpets for Patterson Flynn Martin, as well as a special line of wall coverings and textiles for F. Schumacher, which make stunning pillows.
Pairing antiques, vintage and contemporary finds, Smyth finds room for the best pieces in any space—all the while making it look easy. Here he shares his affinity for Asian design and his left-brain love of floor plans.
PR: How would you describe your personal design style?
MPS: Tailored, appropriate, and classic.
PR: What is the most rewarding aspect of designing a new space?
MPS: I love working on floor plans. I believe that you need a solid floor plan as the first step. I enjoy problem solving and working out the kinks of space. It is the most interesting, and often, the most challenging aspect of a project.
PR: What draws you to the Asian aesthetic?
MPS: I am drawn to the Asian aesthetic because it reflects the modern design environment (and how we really want to live): simple clean lines, tailored, and edited. These design traits, coupled with the historical significance and one-of-a-kind nature, are what I find so attractive in Asian pieces.
PR: Do you specifically seek out Asian pieces; or do they just find their way into your projects?
MPS: Both. Asian pieces work well with almost any period of design and decor. Bauhaus, Mid Century, Period English and French pieces all blend well with Asian.
PR: In regard to Asian pieces, do you have a favorite type or time period?
MPS: I’m drawn to Chinese tables as consoles. I love pairing them with antique or contemporary mirrors, and lamps.
PR: What do you think is an easy way for anyone to start incorporating Asian elements into a home?
MPS: Look around your home and decide what piece looks tired or is in need of an update. Think about substituting an Asian piece for that spot: it could be a console, TV cabinet, coffee table, or nightstand. Chances are an Asian piece can step in there and blend harmoniously with the rest of your room!
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