Home is where the heart is?


One of the books that is always fascinating to read and provokes feelings that speak to the heart is “home is where the heart is?” by the famous British interior and furniture designer Isle Crawford. Crawford is based in London and implements projects with her multi-disciplinary team all around the world.
With this book, she attempts to make the reader understand the essence of home and how this should be a reflection of who we really are instead of how we want others to see us.

From the below introduction you will realize that the most fundamental element for the author is to place human needs and desires above all.


Introduction: In a rapidly changing world and with increasingly difficult and stressful lives, what we all need is a sanctuary  where we can feel comforted, tranquil and content.


In home is where the heart is ? Celebrated designer Ilse Crawford looks beyond pure aesthetics to pursue a philosophy of reclaiming and reintegrating the human element into our homes. With the premise  that “the more virtual our world becomes, the more we need the physical”, Crawford investigates our basic drive for survival and our more human, emotional needs for safety love, love, respect and self fulfilment and then explores how, given this understanding, we can improve our lives our homes and our daily activities.

As she writes in her introductory essay, “what are the basic building blocks of behaviour that make us alike? What drives us as human beings?… We need a space that speaks to us both rationally and emotionally. For although we expect our homes to function in many ways today, we also want them to feel more home, more like us.”


A book that speaks to the heart of the reader and should be included in every home. – Born 1962  British interior and furniture designer.

Author: Ioanna Christophi