All posts tagged: Ilse Crawford

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My top picks from Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

Back in February, I went to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair again – it’s the biggest meeting place for Scandinavian design in the world and it’s pretty epic. Spread across three, great, big halls at congress centre Stockholmsmässan, there are around 700 brands on show, with about 80% hailing from Scandinavia. So it’s true Scandinavian design heaven – from young, emerging brands to established greats, there’s always something new to discover. This year, I got the feeling that Scandinavian designers were trying to show that they were more than the cool, contemporary, monochrome minimalism they’ve become known for. There was a focus on sustainability, local craftsmanship and material details – New Nordic some might call it. They’re all aspects that have always been the backbone of Scandinavian design, but now there’s an emphasis on authenticity, warm minimalism and natural, earthy colours. Here I’ve picked out my highlights from the fair – including the latest product launches from my favourite names and hot talent to keep an eye out for. Made by Hand I wrote about Made by Hand back in 2015 …

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Interior trend: best of day beds

I’m seeing day beds everywhere at the moment, in magazines, in interiors shops and in almost every Scandi brand’s beautifully styled lookbook. It’s not particularly a new trend, classic modernist designers Mies van der Rohe and Eileen Gray both set the bar high with their 20th century designs. Eileen Gray, for example, designed her day bed for her modernist masterpiece, the E-1027 house in the Cote d’Azur (you can read an article I wrote about it in more depth here). Advocating versatile furniture with multiple functions, Gray believed that furniture should ‘lose its individuality and merge into the architectural whole!’. During the day the discrete and movable piece of furniture could be used as a relaxing spot to sit and read and a bed for guests at night. Today the day bed is still popular and I think it’s precisely because of its versatility. As living, dining and eating spaces merge into one, so the functions of our furniture need to be adaptable. A day bed could be used as a soft welcome in the hallway, for an extra place …

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Ikea’s SINNERLIG collection by Ilse Crawford

Have you seen Ilse Crawford’s new SINNERLIG collection for Ikea? I popped over to the Tottenham store last week and boy is the collection a beauty – you’re in for a treat! Comprised of more than 30 pieces for the home, the collection includes tactile cork dining tables and stools, hand-blown glass bottles, woven baskets and stoneware vases. The pieces, in typical Ilse Crawford fashion, aim to engage with the senses and connect us to our homes. As such, all the objects are designed to have more than one function; the furniture is flexible and can easily swap and change, for example from desk or work bench by day to dining table by night. And they don’t just look good, the collection feels good too. Says Crawford: ‘They are helpful, background pieces, not showstoppers. We worked with cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo; tactile materials that appeal to use because they feel as good as they look.’ On a Friday afternoon trip to IKEA, I couldn’t resist this bulbous, dark grey stoneware jug and a dark cork placemat/plant pot stand, which I’ve styled here with some new …

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Studioilse transforms the VitraHaus loft into a fantasy apartment

London based studioilse, run by Ilse Crawford, has transformed the loft of Herzog & de Meuron’s VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein into the home of a fictitious Finnish-German couple, Harri and Astrid. In this fantasy world, he is a musician, she is a set designer and their home is filled with objects that tell the story of their lives – who they are, what they do and how they live – to communicate the shared values of Vitra and Artek. I paid a visit while on the campus last week, fell in love and got snap happy. The styling-cum-art installation by studioilse shows the furniture of both brands being lived with comfortably, as it would in real life. The pieces on display are design classics or perhaps even museum exhibits, but the couple are not afraid to use them and make them part of the everyday. An Alvar Aalto tea cart is used for messy paint brushes, while an extensive mood board has been created on a cork wall, with pages torn out of magazines and tatty ends of fabric. It reminded …