23.7.08

{emptiness is easy}

Perusing studio ilse's impressive portfolio recently, in a search for what Vogue magazine has named 'the most glamorous place in London to drink cocktails' {above}, and was reminded of the many other lovely, lovely places the studio has created.

Ilse Crawford, Creative Director & Designer, explains a part of her method as, ". . . there is the kind of arranging which is from using things a lot. Somehow then they always find their place. Things (and people) look best if they are touched regularly!"


studio ilse creates environments that "resonate emotionally, subliminally, and sensorially. expressive design that communicates to us on a primal level and addresses our human needs."

"Any amateur can be a minimalist: emptiness is easy. Clutter is hard. There's a fine line between an "artful jumble" and "my life is a mess."






You may also remember some of the studio's wonderful {and still cool} furniture designs, {below}, from 2005.

{See also the beautiful Aesop store}

{all images from studioilse.com; quotes from The New York Times}

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17 Comments:

Blogger Cuileann said...

a folding bike! hurrah!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger SimplyGrove said...

Ok, Im in love!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Bethany said...

I must say that I am one of those people that cannot live with clutter. I am a minimalist, simply because it is easier than being a dilettante in the art of organized clutter.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Fabulously Lizy said...

I most definitely want to drink a cocktail there, let's do happy hour!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Yoli said...

I am also a minimalist which drives my husband crazy. I managed to get a hold of our master bedroom. The rest of the house is a compromise. It is ethnic design, Indian and African.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger please sir said...

These are great spaces! I love those handing chairs...I want to swing in them all day.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Relyn said...

I feel pretty sure that you would be familiar with Ilse's book The Sensual Home. Don't you just love it?

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Jessie Cacciola said...

wow, great interiors. such great use of color.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Teal Chic said...

Funny you posted this today, I was just on her website for the first time a little bit ago....I wish I could incorporate all of her ideas!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger annechovie said...

Love that diagonal striped floor! So chic!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Mrs.French said...

love all of these...once again wondering why I do not have more white in my chaotic life...so peaceful!

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Nicole said...

Love this post, I am off to explore studio ilse's website now.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger Aloha said...

What a lovely blog.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger karina said...

That bathtube is very similar to the want I am coveting for my bathroom.
I am thinking about a very simple white bathroom, an old bathtube but painted in some nice color.

July 23, 2008  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

Bethany – definitely – although, since I’m terribly sentimental, I often have trouble parting with things, and end up trying to find space for everything, which, in time, can come dangerously close to clutter . . .

Lizy – happy hour is, then!

Yoli – your home sounds like such a beautiful mix. Wish I could be a minimalist, as “emptiness is easy”.

Relyn – yes, love The Sensual Home, and the idea that we’ve become accustomed to highly desensitized, un-sensuous lifestyles . . .

July 23, 2008  
Blogger hautemommy said...

OK, that black and white floor is GORGEOUS! As always, your blog is exquisite!!! If you pop into my blog, I awarded you with a "pretty blog" award! xo!!

July 24, 2008  
Blogger ::{J}:: said...

I love the fabric used on the stretch canvas & stool cushion!

July 24, 2008  

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