Name: Noah Marion of Noah Marion Quality Goods
Location: Travis Heights; Austin, Texas
Size: 1250 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Rented
Full of light, warm woods, colorful art, and an enviable collection of timeless and classic accessories arranged into lovely vignettes, Noah Marion's South Austin home is a lesson in how to collect well-designed objects for a rich, meaningful home without the clutter.
Noah Marion has designed, fabricated and sold goods under the name Noah Marion Quality Goods since 2006, recently working in untreated, undyed natural vegetable leather. Whether it's wallets, bags, belts, or something else, the main focus is on creating classic designs that will stand the test of time and be passed from generation to generation, gaining a great patina with the years and getting better with age.
Noah's whole home reflects that same philosophy about design. Each item, imbued with history and meaning, will only get better with age. Noah searches out pieces that will last his lifetime and beyond. They're things that were made by passionate people. Sunlight streams in through the many windows, illuminating carefully arranged tabletop vignettes and the art Noah has made himself or collected throughout the years. Thoughtfully designed and carefully curated, Noah's space never feels too cluttered.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Sentimental Eclectic with a twist of Modern. Design built to last the test of time.
Inspiration: Quality, built-to-last goods from my grandfather's generation, when building something for life was just the way things were done.
Favorite Element: The art I've collected through the years, mostly from friends and people I admire.
Biggest Challenge: Storage space — homes built back in the day traditionally had tiny closets and poor storage options.
What Friends Say: Where did you find all of these things? or Did you make that?
Biggest Embarrassment: The lack of bathtub. Or the back porch, which has become a catch-all storage area.
Proudest DIY: My re-purposed teak bowls from the sixties that I turned into a hat rack, or the desk lamp I fashioned out of a log, for a desk I don't have.
Biggest Indulgence: I have, in the past, had a bad habit of buying furniture from my favorite mid-century designers.
Best Advice: Buy quality made products, built to last, and you will never regret it.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Benjamin Moore StoneWashed
- Benjamin Moore simply white in semi-gloss for trim
- Drexel Cabinet with Motorola audio components, vintage
- Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCM) in ebony for Herman Miller, vintage
- Record Shelf: Noah Marion prototype
- Wall Clock: Mark Jauregui made, inspired by Rnd_Lab for MOMA
- the miniCase by Noah Marion Quality Goods
- Eames Universal Base side table for Herman Miller, vintage
- PIKUNIKU turned figurine by Michael Yates and Tomoko Kuwahara
- Tobia Scarpa Bastiano sofa for Knoll, vintage
- Acclaim Triangle side table by Lane, vintage
- Small Black Mountains by Landry McMeans
- Crystal Bullets necklaces by AliceRabbit
- Black and white landscape by JoJo Marion
- Texas Hatters hat from Sam Hill
- TIRUP swivel chair in Kavat White, IKEA
- Eames Aluminum Group Conference Table in Maple for Herman Miller, vintage
- Emeco 1006 Navy Chairs, vintage
- Eames Aluminum Group Management Armchair in Alexander Girard fabric for Herman Miller, vintage
- PS Red Cabinet: IKEA
- Purple lacquer table: Four Hands Home
- Coach Briefcase, vintage
- Oak side chair, family heirloom
- Marley Hodgson Ghurka Bag, vintage
- Army chest, vintage
- Wooden chairs, vintage
- Cafe table, TOPS office supply
- Rug, IKEA
- Army chest, vintage
- Hat Rack, repurposed teak bowls DIY project
- Pork Pie Hat from Dandy's Gentleman Store
- Matching Eames Shell rolling arm chair in Alexander Girard fabric for Herman miller, vintage
- Turquoise chest, DIY project
- Eric Pfeiffer MAG molded plywood magazine table for Offi
- Futon platform bed, custom build by Ed Martin
- Pendleton wool blanket, inherited
- Army chest, vintage
- Gourd Lamp, DIY project
- Dresser drawer, vintage
- Dessert Landscape painting by Warren Cullar, inherited
- Mobil painting by Brian Phillips
- New Orleans Street Tiles by Mark Derby
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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