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designer profile: noël ashby

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’m quite happy where I am now so I’d have to say Chicago is my favorite place to live. It has character, grit, lots of trees, the lake, and it is a great place to make things.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite room in my home is without question my studio. I spend most of my time there, surrounded by things and possibilities: visuals, tools, wire, fabric, and the like—to me it’s wonderful.

As a child I used to dig around in my Dad’s home office and I was amazed at all of the things he had—paper clips, a stapler, pads of papers, and there were specific places to keep all of this great bounty. I now have the same, just on a larger scale.

What are your interests outside of design?
I like people a lot, and most activities involving people… music, art, food. I’m also quite fond of tinkering around with things, walking my dog Hank, going to yoga, or going to see or do something that I’ve never done before. This latter usually involves snacks.

Who are your design icons?
There are so, so many both past and present, and across all disciplines: music, art, and fashion as well as design. I always love seeing what Hella Jongerius is up to or what the Bouroullec brothers are doing.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Spare but personal. Most things out in my home or up on the walls have meaning to me… be it hammer heads I found at a garage sale, artwork, my Grandmother’s ceramics, or a stack of washers that I know someday are destined to become something else.

Form vs. function?
One is reliant upon the other.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Just one?

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I’m quite attached to most of the things I surround myself with but home is never home to me until the hammer heads are up.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Besides color or a beautiful lack of color, almost anything hung up in multiples becomes interesting and if it happens to be something you really like, well, all the better.

To see all of Noël’s current designs for CB2, go here.

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Reader Comments (6)

Lovely designs! Can we see more?

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessica jane

We're working with Noel on new ideas so stay tuned!

April 6, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

I love this set. I just ordered the duvet but the shams are sold out. Is there any where I can find them??

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkg

Hi there!
It looks like there are a few here and there between our stores. If you tell me what major city you're near, I can best direct you.

July 29, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

I love this set but it is no longer available on the CB2 website. Is there anywhere else I can find it? I live in the West LA/Santa Monica area.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonia

Hi Sonia!
So glad you like the sheets. I myself loved the colors and the pattern.

We checked absolutely everywhere and unfortunately the sheet sets are entirely sold out. We hope you'll check back in the coming weeks as new items arrive. Perhaps there will be something else you will love as much.

December 13, 2011 | Registered Commentersandra

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