The September edition of Maison et Objet Paris, inspired by the theme “House of Games”, will honour one of the most successful interiors designers in Britain – Ilsa Crawford. She will be the very first Designer of the Year to create and style the space known as the Designers’ Studio, which will function as a central meeting point during the design event in Paris.
Ilse Crawford started her career as a journalist and was the founding editor in chief of ELLE Decoration UK. After over a decade in magazines, with a mission to put human needs and desires back at the centre of design, she founded her multi-disciplinary practice Studioilse in 2001.
Designers of the Year – of which there are four, corresponding to Maison et Objet’s four international trade fairs – usually create installations or exhibitions to be displayed in the event venues. This time, Crawford will create a space designed to help visitors to “relax, collapse, recharge, recap, reconnect, regroup and refresh”.
“The space is divided up into zones where families of furniture and lighting have been carefully grouped to encourage and support these activities,” said Crawford.
“Design is an extraordinary process and my studio has used this process to orchestrate spaces and products that start with human experience, that are liveable, feel good, and make us feel alive,” Crawford said. “It’s a great honour to be recognised for this.”