January 23, 2008
So, I've got this client. He's a single guy in finance with a BIG budget, and he really needs to upgrade his large SoHo apartment so that it doesn't look like a dorm room anymore. We stain the floors, repaint and buy beautiful, sophisticated furniture that he will be able to keep with him for years. But when it comes to the bedding, I don't want to present him with overpriced Italian sheets or anything feminine. I want masculine. I want modern. I want luxury.
In looking around I stumble into a cool shop called Environment Furniture next to ABC Home (pics above and below). The bedding on their beds is just what I want. It's dark. It's got crazy, luxurious textures in linen, cotton, cashmere and alpaca. I ask them who makes it. They say MATTEO. I ordered three bedding sets for my client the next day.
Matteo is a find. If you've got some money to burn, this small Los Angeles company will serve you really well. Founded by Matthew Lenoci in 1996 (a Harvard grad in 1989), the idea behind Matteo is straight ahead: to "create simple sheets from the most luxurious textiles in the world. "
Matteo has three lines, Matteo, Due and Guest, with fabric woven in Italy and sewn in LA. We don't care for the third, Due is more affordable and sold by our friends at Design Public (at lunch with the Matteo crew below), and Matteo is the nicest. The sheets come in heavy 100% cotton and linen, always garment washed, with a couple really, really saturated colors (and white of course).
There are many add-ons, such as bed skirts, duvets, shams, quilts, and really beautiful blankets and throws. The easiest way to order is through their site, and don't be surprised if it takes awhile to arrive (ours did too). Everything is sewn next to their design studio and arrives in individual cotton bags. The attention to detail is very nice.
And as for our client, while we can't show pictures (yet) it certainly doesn't look like a dorm room anymore...
Best, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
>> ABC Home (they have a showroom here)
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- Founded: 1996
- Founded by: Matthew Lenoci
- Headquarters: Los Angeles
Matteo creates simple sheets from the most luxurious textiles in the world. They have a showroom in Los Angeles, and their bedding is sold through ABC Carpet & Home in New York and other stores throughout the country.