Isle Crawford and Ikea

The design world has been abuzz about the collaboration between Ilse Crawford and IKEA. Details of the collection were released early February and some beautiful photos have since been published by Dezeen

The collection will be available in August and will contain 30 pieces across furniture, lighting & accessories. Apparently the design brief given by IKEA was to create a collection designed predominantly with natural materials. This can clearly be seen with cork, rattan and cotton featuring strongly. I haven't seen cork used in interiors for many years but these pieces have a modern appeal with the introduction of dark brown, new forms and unusual shapes. 

I'm definitely drawn to this simple elegant collection. Rattan furniture and accessories can sit beautifully in both modern and traditional settings and this collection has such a fresh youthful feel. My favourite pieces are the rattan lights, the daybed and pottery items. With the platted straps, the daybed reminds me of those beautiful 1960s Italian chairs which are currently having a design moment. The organic shaped garden pots have an expensive and handmade feel. 

Ilse Crawford is a British design legend. She was the founding editor of Elle Decoration in 1989 and established her design studio, Studioilse in 2001. She has designed a number of well known interiors such as Babington House, Aesop on Mount Street and Cecconi's in Mayfair. Her design ethos is creating spaces where the person feels comfortable and at the centre their environment. She released a book, A Frame for Life: The Designs of StudioIlse last year which showcases her beautiful work. If you are interested in seeing more of her designs, at the time of writing the book was available to purchase on Amazon.  

Images: Dezzen