Meet founder Noelle Hernandez
Mathematical precision paired with creative, artistic vision has propelled the 30+ year career of our founder Noelle Hernandez. Launching the company as NCH Design in 1992, Noelle has had an award-winning career as one of the region’s most sought after interior designers. We wanted to share a little bit of Noelle’s vision with you. Here is what she had to say:
How did you get started?
My first project was a 10-unit townhome development in Aspen where I was brought on as an owner’s rep. I took a chance and suggested several changes to the layout, lighting, cabinets, etc. Once they saw the level of my work, the client asked me to take over on full design and hired me to design their next three projects. And just like that, NCH Design was born.
When you look back at your first project and what you are creating now, what surprises you the most?
My experience as a designer, business owner, and in the industry has been an incredible journey. I think what surprises me most is how the business has grown above and beyond my wildest dreams; from a part-time hobby, NCH Design evolved into Matter. I never expected to combine forces with my daughter and my sister. And the scale and variety of projects we are able to tackle is incredible—from boats and hotels, to gorgeous homes and corporate offices.
What was the moment you decided to pursue a creative career?
Honestly, it was pure luck. I wanted to be a doctor, but after seeing open heart surgery I knew it wasn’t for me! While in school, I worked as a receptionist at Mastercraft Industries (a kitchen cabinet manufacturer), and completely fell in love with design. I learned everything I could about designing kitchens and bathrooms and rolled that experience into how I work with my clients today.
Whose work in architecture or design do you admire most and why?
I love Richard Neutra. His work speaks to me—clean, organized spaces that also lend to easy living. It’s a great blend.
What are the essentials for a bedside table?
Just the essentials. Clutter shouldn’t live where dreams are made.
Favorite travel destination for design inspiration?
Europe, and in particular Paris and Milan. They have everything from Old World to cutting edge.
3 things you can’t live without?
My family. Outdoor time. Laughter.
Where do you go/what do you do when you need to dig into the most creative corners of your mind?
I take a hike, ride my bike or walk. This quiets my mind so I can get creative. My best ideas always come from a hard workout.