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Companions by Studioilse for De La Espada

London Design Festival 2011: London designer Ilse Crawford presents a new collection of furniture for manufacturer and distributor De La Espada at Tramshed this week.


The Companions family includes a bed, bedside table and writing desk with hanging cork bowls to tidy up cables or store odds and ends.


The neat proportions of the writing desk help it fit into tight spaces and an open storage space below the work surface can be used for keeping papers out of the way.


Studioilse is also launching a series of occasional tables called Sidekicks, which are designed to offer functional surfaces alongside armchairs or sofas.


The Sidekicks range includes a height-adjustable table and the pieces are finished in polished aluminium, copper or brass. See all of our stories about Studioilse here and all our London Design Festival stories here.

Here is some more information from De La Espada:

Studioilse will show the Companions family of furniture, designed to support daily life. The family includes a bed and bedside table available in white oiled chestnut with cork bowls as storage for private bits. Also in natural oiled chestnut or painted - pure white RAL 9010 or black brown RAL 8022

In addition is a slim writing desk, proportioned to fit in the spaces in between. This also has a cork bowl for wires and plugs, and a top that can close to hide away papers and laptops.

Also launching are the Sidekicks, a series of small occasional tables that live throughout the home to accommodate our different activities. They are the right height and dimension to sit next to sofas and chairs, for drinks and snacks, papers and magazines, or a short time on the laptop. They come in 60cm dia / 30cm h, 41cm dia / 50cm h, 60cm dia / 71cm h (polished aluminium, copper, brass) and 100cm / 71cm h in polished aluminium. There is also a height adjustable table available in polished aluminium, copper and brass.

More on Studioilse

Ilse’s work crosses the worlds of creative direction, interior architecture and products. She is a figurehead for a human approach that is emotional and intelligent. Studioilse see design as a way to amplify and articulate experience. They use their unique design process to create new realities that make sense. They create identity through interiors. And they use design strategy as a means for change and revitalization. This translates at all scales; from furniture to residential, hospitality to retail, public space to social entrepreneurial projects. Consequently Studioilse have created many iconic destinations. Ilse is also founder and head of department of Man and Well-Being at the Design Academy Eindhoven. “Crawford doesn’t have a signature style, but a signature feeling: emotional and deeply rooted to the place”, New York Times.