MEET THE TEAM
Jason Claire, Founder + Chief-of-Stuff
Born in New York City, Jason was interested in art and design from the start. He became a commissioned abstract painter in high school and then triple majored in art, art history, and pre-medicine at Duke University. Between 2003 and 2014, Jason opened and grew Vastu in Washington DC which became a leading modern furniture retailer, art gallery, and interior design firm. He then moved to Switzerland with his husband and traveled to 60 countries during the following 5 years. With a renewed passion and evolved design aesthetic, Jason returned to the US and partnered with Sarita to form Interior Matter.
Sarita Simpson, Founder + Principal Designer
From a very young age, Sarita knew that she had an obsession with interior design and beautiful, stylish spaces. In 2014 Sarita launched her design firm – Sarita Simpson Design – and has since completed dozens of projects for both residential and commercial clients in the DC area. For more than seven years before that, Sarita was the lead designer (working with Jason Claire) at Vastu, a high-end furnishings boutique in Washington DC, where she designed residential and commercial spaces, including apartment model units and lobbies as well as custom furniture, rugs, and window treatments for her clients.
Hannah Shaffer, Junior Designer
Hannah Shaffer is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in Interior Architecture + Design. Previously working under Sarita Simpson Design since 2017, Hannah has transitioned to Interior Matter and looks forward to working on many more design projects in the future. When she's not living, eating, and breathing design, Hannah enjoys long walks on the beach and quality time with her cat-children.
Tracy Schall, Office Manager
Tracy was thrilled to join Sarita and Jason’s Interior Matter team after three years as office manager for Sarita Simpson Design. Behind the scenes, she wears a lot of hats to help ensure that projects run smoothly and to make our clients (and designers) happy: operations, purchasing, billing, sanity manager, miracle worker – just to name a few. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, biologist, and teacher, the design aspect of the industry is not her forte. She can’t tell the difference between most paint shades, and sometimes she thinks it’s easier to live in a mud hut in the Congo or on a fishing boat in Alaska than to tell our designers their sofa selection is on backorder. However, she is inspired by creativity and beautiful spaces, and she loves helping our team achieve success with every client.