London-based designer, academic and creative director Ilse Crawford is known for her influential and holistic work across interiors, architecture and product design. Her simple mission is to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does, and as founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary team, she brings her philosophy to life. This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It also means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. As founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.
From seeing her work and reading about her groundbreaking philosophies for design and living on the web, I've long been in admiration. So much so, I've just purchased her book, A Frame For Life, which has been on my wishlist for a while. Featuring Studioilse’s work to date, from private residences to hotels, restaurants, and retail projects, the book promises to be one to cherish, and I can't wait for it to arrive.
Most recently, I have been swooning over Ilse's new range for IKEA, the Sinnerlig Collection. Consisting of 30 items including furniture, lighting and tableware, the pieces explore natural materials and simple, useful forms that fit into everyday life. Working with beautifully tactile materials like cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo, they were chosen because they feel as good as they look.
With that in mind, I want to reach out and touch everything! The pieces are not only stunning, they have been designed to fit with IKEA's own mission of being affordable. The Sinnerlig collection will be available in IKEA stores around the world from August 2015.
Imagery from Planete Deco via IKEA