designers i admire: ilse crawford

 

seating for eating by ilse crawford for de la espadaI have long admired the career and work of Ilse Crawford. She designs the most extraordinary rooms that look like nothing else you've seen. She does that magic mix of country and Scandinavian and traditional that turns my head every time. She's a scholar and a former magazine editor. I formed my opinion about her long before I had ever heard her speak. Well, tonight I heard her speak. What I am here to say is: move over Ben Pentreath, I have a new mentor. 

"If you've got a broken heart, if you've had a terrible day, your environment's not going to make that much difference, but it can change a lot...I try to think of the human spirit first of all as my starting point."