House Tour: Matt's Cool and Concrete Dwelling

House Tour: Matt's Cool and Concrete Dwelling

May 13, 2008

Name: Matt
Location: Portland, OR
Size: 720 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Rented for almost 1 year


What we appreciate most about Matt's apartment is his inability to adapt to a single style. His entire apartment is sprinkled with wonderful pieces from all eras and styles. From glossy aluminum to textured concrete, Matt's place represents taking risks within your interiors, and how fantastic the outcome can be.


AT Survey:

My style: Modern, bookish, like an adult who can't give up his toys and chemistry set.

Inspiration: Lots… Swiss graphic design, music, furniture design, art, bicycles… I tend to surround myself with all kinds of different inspirational artifacts and everything is in a constant state of change… always buying and selling and trading different things. Obviously a big fan and very influenced by Charles and Ray's lives – they knew how to do it, always creating things, experimenting, learning new things.

What Friends Say: That the place is too orderly!

Biggest Embarrassment: The dumb so-called 'Juliet balconies' on this building. Juliet actually had a balcony… this is more like a Rapunzel balcony. The door is good for ventilation at least.

Proudest DIY: My favorite DIY is my coffee table. I used to build a lot of furniture in steel and wood… it contains some really old walnut and teak that my grandfather gave me.

Biggest Indulgence: Hell, this is all an indulgence – who really needs this stuff!? That being said, I try buying pieces as investments – things I can enjoy for a while and sell or trade later for the same or more value. Always looking for that used gem or something in need of repairs, like the spun lamp I bought at a 75% discount and rewired myself.

Best advice: Be patient and seek out bargains or a cool used piece. Don't always rush to the showroom, there's goodies to be found everywhere.

Dream source: 901 Washington Boulevard, Venice, CA



Furniture: Sofa is BoConcept, vintage and newer Herman Miller, some Kartell, some handmade, Some antiques, some IKEA sprinkled in.

Lighting: Vintage lamps, Flos Spun lamp, Adecco Jumbo Architect in the bedroom, carrot colored Oscar from Design Public.

Rugs and Carpets: Vintage Iranian made in the living room, cheapo deluxe under the office chair.

(Thanks, Matt!)


Photos by Matt Pierce

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