Ilse Crawford is Head of the Department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy, Eindhoven, and the author of two books. She has worked across product development and regeneration as Vice President of Donna Karan Home, and as Launch Creative Director of the Swarovski Crystal Palace project she brought together visionary designers to reinvent the chandelier, showing in Paris, Milan and New York.
Her company Studioilse creates the big idea behind a brand and its emotional values, and then makes this visible and tangible through design. Studioilse offers cross-disciplinary skills to realise this vision: from creative direction, design strategy, interior architecture and interior design to product design as well as PR and marketing. Crawford believes this holistic approach is key to a successful product with a strong USP and longevity, as well as giving greater value to design.
Projects include the award-winning restaurants for the Grand Hotel in Stockholm and Soho House New York. Current projects include the launch of the Inn brand, and Soho Beach House, Miami.
Ilse Crawford is the author of two titles: Sensual Home (1997, Quadrille Publishing) and Home is where the Heart is (2005, UK: Quadrille, USA: Rizzoli).