Matt Barley

Matt Barley

Interior Designer

Interior design adds creatively specified thought to how humans interact with materials. Each material has unique qualities and they can be personalized to the needs of the client. Whether working with a two-hundred-year old piece of walnut, or new composite materials, the results are sure to surprise and delight.

Vitals:

  • 11 years of experience
  • Master of Design, (MDes) Interior Architecture - Rhode Island School of Design
  • Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

A few of Matt's Favorite Things

When I want to relax, I enjoy walking outside with my wife and son or reading. My favorite book is Les Miserables; I love it because it has joy, despair, grace and redemption.

As far as music goes, I truly enjoy ALL genres. I started with a love of punk rock and jazz in high school and that grew into an appreciation for classical. And my favorite food is homemade mac and cheese!

Expecting The Unexpected

As a designer the unexpected seems to happen at every turn, and these are moments of great opportunity. Once while designing a new chair, I had to create a customized structure called a “double articulated bent joint.” When I completed fabricating the structures and began experimenting with them, I realized that the structures were more compelling if rotated 180 degrees opposite of what I had originally designed. After this happened I had to redesign the entire chair, including how to attach the seat.

Les Miserables

His Most Prized Possession

Old journals from the last 15 years of my life. They document my adventures, in Africa, walking the Appalachian Trail and living in the American West.

Matt’s signature piece

My signature piece is a chair, it's hard to decide between George Nakashima’s Conoid chair and Mies Van Der Rohe's Barcelona chair.

Chair
Construction Equipment

Expecting the unexpected

As a designer the unexpected seems to happen at every turn, and these are moments of great opportunity. Once while designing a new chair, I had to create a customized structure called a "double articulated bent joint." When I completed fabricating the structures and began experimenting with them, I realized that the structures were more compelling if rotated 180 degrees opposite of what I had originally designed. After this happened I had to redesign the entire chair, including how to attach the seat

Matt’s sport of choice

I began rock climbing in 9th grade and it consumed my life from that point forward. During College, I began climbing the Big Walls (Cliffs that take longer than one day to climb) in Zion and Yosemite National Park. After college I began speed climbing big walls, so cliffs that once took three to five days to climb, I began climbing in 12-16 hours. Now with a family the climbing we do is much more relaxing, mostly smaller cliffs near the Susquehanna River, West Virginia and New Hampshire.