The private sanctuary of Studioilse founder Ilse Crawford in London’s Borough has gone on sale.

Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen and 6a Architects devised what Crawford calls the ‘frame’ of the converted Victorian warehouse space, but its interiors have evolved over the course of almost 15 years thanks to its owner.

‘It is considerably fuller than it was at the beginning, but it is a story of realistic planning, a reflection of understanding how we live, executed with restraint,’ Crawford says in her book, A Frame for Life, co-written by Edwin Heathcote.

‘The result is that the ever-changing patterns of our life have somehow, miraculously, fitted in. Mostly.’

Ilse Crawford home Gt Guildford St - The Modern House (2)
Photography: via The Modern House

Described as a ‘library-like structure of open shelves’, the one-bedroom apartment’s walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and storage cupboards. Another large bookcase acts as a divide to separate the en-suite bedroom from the living space.

Light floods the open-plan space through the third-floor apartment’s large sash windows. The ‘kitchen in a library’ features a central island, tiled with handcrafted Moroccan zellige tiles, and the Arabic influence also plays out in the bathroom’s hammam.

Adds Crawford: ‘The design amplifies and accentuates our lives by giving our everyday habits a special context, spirit and warmth, which makes the ordinary extraordinary.’

Now, your habits can get the same treatment. The property is currently for sale via The Modern House.



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