Ilse Crawford is a designer, teacher and creative director. As founder of Studioilse, over two decades she has pioneered humanistic design in its real life application to environments, objects and experiences, by addressing true human needs (not manufactured ones).

This means design that can help us be better humans by always designing for positive mental and environmental impact.

It means thinking about cause and effect, and understanding the bigger systems that underpin everything. 

This is design as frame for life. 

Crawford also founded the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Read Ilse’s profile in ‘The Gentlewoman’ magazine here

"Design is a tool to enhance our humanity." Ilse Crawford

Studioilse is a multifaceted, multidextrous design studio.

We have a reputation as the go-to team for design with rigour and integrity, whether for homes or hotels, restaurants or schools, offices or shops, furniture or objects, exhibitions and experiences. We are a values-driven studio and we make our own values and those of our clients visible in the work that we do. We talk about the power and potential of design as a catalyst for systemic wellbeing and a frame for life.

 

 

"Design is a tool to enhance our humanity." Ilse Crawford

We are a team of sixteen with a range of skills between us spanning interior design, product design, architecture, creative direction, strategy and writing. Between us we speak various languages and share lunch, cake, negronis and the washing up.

"Design is a tool to enhance our humanity." Ilse Crawford
Neckinger Mills Studio
London, 2013

Studioilse’s own workplace in a Grade II-listed former paper factory in Bermondsey. To accommodate the growing number of staff and different needs of the teams at different stages of projects, open plan space was divided with glass screens and sliding walls. Domestic in atmosphere with an abundance of natural materials and a beautiful kitchen at its heart, it brings the team together to foster a working culture around shared values in daily life.