Studioilse's design puts the human being at the centre. Headed by Ilse Crawford, Studioilse work as creative directors, interior architects and designers, across brand development, concept creation, interiors, furniture and product design. Duddell's is conceived as a place that works reciprocally with the people and things around, and provides a stage for those who use it. A comfortable sitting room for the city, a home from home for the arts, it is the sort of place that becomes a part of your being and not just a place to go.
It is both a restaurant and gallery, aimed at entertaining Hong Kong's creative minds as a multifunctional venue. It encompasses a traditional Cantonese restaurant and cultural salon with adjacent 2000 sq. ft outdoor space that occupies the third and fourth floors of the building. Interior accessories are eclectic, Mid-century modern furniture mixes with ethnic rugs while the terrace resembles a captivating tropical garden. While the venue plays host to temporary shows and exhibitions, it also displays permanently a collection of Chinese modern and 20th century brush and ink paintings.
Duddell's is Crawford's second project in Hong Kong. Her first was the TwoTwoSix Apartments, also in collaboration with Alan Lo, whose vision was to revive neighbourhood living and Hong Kong heritage. Studioilse apply their integrated, human-centred approach at all scales, from products to buildings, private to public space. And this humanistic approach is one Crawford is developing with the next generation of designers through her work as Head of Department at the leading Design Academy Eindhoven.