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 Goldberg, Senior Designer
Hannah has been passionate about interior design since she was a young girl -- long believing in the power of design in enriching lives. Hannah is a proud graduate of New York School of Interior Design with a focus in hospitality design, and has been working in the residential and commercial sectors since 2015. Prior to joining the Interior Matter team, Hannah was lead designer at R2L Architects where she brought luxury multi-family designs to life in Atlanta, Nashville, and Washington DC. She is very excited to continue bringing beautiful designs to life for Interior Matter.
Hannah Shaffer, Junior Designer
Hannah is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design. Having worked with Sarita since 2017, Hannah joined the IM team at its founding and assists with everything from design development to technical drafting and visual rendering. She has a passion for residential interiors and designing spaces that reflect the people who live in them. When she's not living, eating, and breathing design, Hannah enjoys long walks on the beach and quality time with her cat children.
Pascale de Saint Antoine, Operations Manager
Pascale comes to Interior Matter from New York City where she worked in the art world and at a luxury design e-commerce company. Before that, she was exploring art galleries and museums in London, where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications and art history. At IM, she works behind the scenes to make sure all the of design projects run smoothly, which includes client and vendor communications, deliveries, product ordering and billing. The role allows her to combine two of her passions - interior design and organizational logistics. She just loves to organize, find creative solutions to problems, and keep things tidy, efficient and on schedule. She also speaks French, and enjoys cooking, traveling and discovering the many neighborhoods of her native Washington, D.C.