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Seating for Eating by Studioilse

London Design Festival 09: Ilse Crawford of London designers Studioilse will launch a collection of wooden seating inspired by vernacular English furniture next week.

The Seating for Eating range consists of solid chestnut settles, benches and stools.

The range, which is manufactured by De La Espada, will be launched at Leila’s shop, 17 Calvert Avenue, London E2.

Leila’s Shop is also the venue for a series of Kitchen Table Talks focusing on “the link between growing food and community nd making the most of what’s on your doorstep”. See Studioilse’s website for details of the talks.

Here’s some info from Studioilse:


‘Seating for Eating’, a new range of wooden furniture, designed by Studioilse will be launched during London Design Festival, at Leila’s shop, 17 Calvert Avenue, E2, where it can be sat on from 23rd September until 1st November. The range will also be exhibited at the nearby A Foundation, where a sales team will be on hand.

The designs are reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Each piece is handcrafted by De La Espada in solid chestnut, specially chosen with knots, and has copper feet. They are available in natural oiled wood, or painted classic white in an eggshell finish, with the option of a thick felt pad, or slimline natural leather pad, secured by a discrete leather band.

Our family of furniture is brings people together. Our initial gathering, comprises two settles, three benches and two stools: furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual.

Inspired by English vernacular furniture, the settle is high backed for comfort and privacy, without being closed off from the room. It’s open and intimate at the same time, with wraparound arms that give a feeling of warmth.

The furniture is made in collaboration with De La Espada. Studioilse’s designs are supported by their manufacturing experience, each piece expertly handcrafted in their factory in Portugal using solid wood from sustainable sources. The furniture benefits from the complementary expertise, reflecting a shared belief in the integrity of natural materials, high quality craftsmanship and the beauty of products that form a personal relationship with the user.

‘We believe materials have hidden messages. These create a powerful link to our emotional psyches and shape our connection to daily life. We relish the warm and the synergy of the heart and head, and create places to live and love, eat and sleep, work and play’. Ilse Crawford.

In September, Studioilse will host a series of Kitchen Table Talks at Leila’s shop; focusing on the link between growing food and community. Contributors include Randolph Hodgson, Neal’s Yard Dairy, Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the global food scandal and Ben Reynolds, Sustain/Capital Growth.  Places are limited.

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