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Ilse Crawford

British designer Ilse Crawford is founder of London-based interior design studio StudioIlse.

Crawford studied history at Bedford College before working for an architectural practice, the Architects’ Journal and later becoming the launch editor of Elle Decoration. In 1998, when she started working for Donna Karan, Crawford developed an interest in designing interiors and soon set up her own studio, StudioIlse in 2001.

Today, she puts human needs and desires at the centre of her everyday activities. Crawford creates comfortable environments and public spaces with a homely vibe. Next to this, Ilse is also the founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she encourages her students to always question how and why their creations and ideas improve the reality of life.

In 2016, she was nominated Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year and was listed in the top 300 most newsworthy forces in global architecture and design in the 2017 Dezeen Hot List.


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