{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; quotes from The New York Times}

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

  • 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!!

  • 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 . . .

  • 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.

  • What a lovely blog.

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

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

  • Love that diagonal striped floor! So chic!

  • 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!

  • wow, great interiors. such great use of color.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Ok, Im in love!

  • a folding bike! hurrah!

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