Published on : Friday, July 1, 2016
Every year, MAISON&OBJET spotlights the most outstanding names on the international design and decor scene today. MAISON&OBJET PARIS has named Ilse Crawford as Designer of the Year for the September 2016 fair, honouring one of the most successful interior designers in Britain. She will be the very first Designer of the Year to handle the scenography of the Designers’ Studio, in Hall 8.
Ilse Crawford started her career as a journalist and was the founding editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration UK. After over a decade in magazines, with a mission to put human needs and desires back at the centre of design, she founded her multi-disciplinary practice Studioilse in 2001. This sensitivity-driven approach is evident even in her earlier works, with the Soho House Group.
In 2008, for the first Aesop shop in London, she decided to focus on creating an intimate atmosphere, while highlighting the historical dimension of the building’s architecture with thoughtful contemporary accents.
And in 2014, she redesigned the VitraHaus and came up with the story of a Finnish-German couple, to bring Artek and Vitra’s collections to life.
In 2015, she launched a collaboration with IKEA which transposes her philosophy into democratic design. The Sinnerlig collection is a line of lamps, accessories and furniture, everyday useful pieces that celebrate the tactility of natural materials.
2016 is just another busy year for Ilse Crawford. As the founder of the Man and Well-being Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven, she curated an exhibition of students work on the sense of touch during the Milan Design Week. At Salone del Mobile, Studioilse unveiled ‘Perching’ a family of stools designed in collaboration with Artifort.
At the MAISON&OBJET PARIS, she is in charge of designing the Designers’ Studio, a work and networking space located in Hall 8.