This Forbes Park home built in the mid 2000 had its interior done by the famed designer Jonathan Matti. In the realm of luxury mansions, Matti leads the pack.
He is not confined to one style. His creative edge is in his ability, comfortably, to create cutting edge minimalist spaces. Then, effortlessly, he shifts to classic themes, displaying his mastery in both areas of specialization.
This portion of the house has a feature wall in Kaufman CCP travertine slabs that has been cut into strips interlocking the thinly sliced, finger-sized elements to the adjacent stone, creating the illusion of a woven panel( Not seen in photo). Given the house was designed by the equally, highly-regarded Architect Ed Ledesma, known to spearhead Filipino influences, it seemed only natural that Matti would chose to integrate a stone woven element.
In this house, stone was also used on the exterior facade, driveway pavers and main interior flooring. You might think having one material is boring. I assure you it is not. Each stone has a deep and complex visual appearance where every slab is like a painting.
By having less materials, the lines of the architect are brought center stage, and the over all composition is taken in by the occupant. Instead of a hodge podge of tiles and wood veneers that less experienced designers tend to favor, this masterpiece is poetry.
Once you have “arrived” as an interior designer of Matti’s calibre, you will not need to prove yourself by over design. You are comfortable making clear cut and definitive design decisions with less. The ultra talented Jonathan Matti could have thrown in a mixed bag of finishes, but did not. In this case, he allows the material to be the star and that shows confidence. He steps back and allows the travertine to be appreciated within a simple and contemplative space.