In September 2016, Maison et Objet Paris honors one of the most successful interior designers in Britain. 2016 Designer of the year for the September edition of the fair is Ilse Crawford. 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 center 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. For ten years, she lent her talents to this international network of exclusive private clubs, hotels, restaurants and spas. During that time, she also completed a great number of projects: a restaurant, Cecconi’s, and the club of the Electric Cinema, both in London, the Babington House hotel in Somerset, the Soho House hotel, in New York City. All of them are evocative examples of her philosophy, to create environments where people feel comfortable, spaces that make sense for those that will use them – to create a frame for life.
This idea, to enhance the human experience, she applies to public spaces, private homes, products and commercial projects.
As a designer, an art director, a curator, a lecturer and an author of three books (Sensual Home, Home Is Where the Heart Is, and A Frame for Life), Ilse Crawford was made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, for her services to interior design. In 2015, she received a Doctorate honoris causa from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
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