Through the eyes of Sophie Ashby

Through the eyes of Sophie Ashby

08 January 2018

Sophie Ashby founded her interior design and creative direction practice, Studio Ashby in 2014 at the age of 25. Here we reveal the design inspirations for the interiors of nine exclusive apartments at One Crown Place.

The natural based palette is layered with muted Georgian tones. Bolder colours come from the surrounding furniture and artwork, whilst the walls are adorned with a selection of art sourced from local galleries and artists to form a look that appears to have been established over time. 

Studio Ashby used an array of different marbles throughout, exposed in their natural form. One of the stand-out moments of the scheme is the integration of crafted tactile finishes and practical kitchen design. The studio used pyrolave glazed volvic lava and pippy elm to adorn each kitchen island, fusing the raw and refined. In the centre of the master en suite, rich, Verde Antique marble has been set alongside muted polishes, plaster and natural Atlantic stone.

During the planning, Studio Ashby worked with KPF’s dynamic architecture style and floor plate, to preserve the wide vistas, keeping the façade free of built-in joinery. This has worked to strengthen the connection between the interior and exterior.

The ‘Sophie Ashby Collection’ – a combination of one and three bedroom units alongside three bedroom duplexes – are inspired by the City of London’s historic past and the interiors combine modern luxury with handcrafted tradition. Combining three key sensibilities: ‘curating’, ‘collecting’ and ‘commissioning’, Studio Ashby has created an aesthetic inspired by the imagined homeowner, an individual interested in the arts and a love for the rich history of East London.

Sophie Ashby commented: “We curate each space and each project so carefully in the hope that we might tell a few stories that our viewer truly connects with. We work with local craftsman, artists, makers and creators to produce interiors that are personal and alive.”

Studio Ashby’s passion for beautiful objects is made apparent throughout her designs, using a carefully-curated selection of memorable touches showing traditional craftsmanship. To inject the apartments with a strong creative energy, Studio Ashby commissioned potters, painters, wood turners and marble splicers to create a unique environment that blends seamlessly with the outside environment. 

To find out more about the Sophie Ashby Collection, email or visit the One Crown Place Marketing Suite at 54 Wilson Street, EC2A 2ER.