After 14 years working as a buyer in the London fashion industry, Ondine Ash decided to take a break and travel. Her time working for a major high street brand had raised a lot of questions about where products come from, so on her return, she reduced her hours to launch Ondine Ash, her own eponymous, ethically-conscious homewares collection inspired by her travels in Japan and South and Central America.
Ash now runs the business from her compact, recently-renovated flat on the first floor of a converted Victorian in London’s Brixton neighborhood. “I did the renovation work on my own, completely naively,” she says. “I think if I knew how much it was going to cost, I probably wouldn’t have started.” Join us on a tour of her vibrant live/work space.
The sofa in the small living area is from a now-defunct café/vintage shop in Clapham. (“I went in for a cup of tea and left with a three-piece suite of furniture,” she says.) It also functions as a guest bed.