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Ilsa has had a wide and varied career in design. 




Since 2003 she has been on an exciting journey, breaking the rules and deviating through a broad range of interdependent projects that maximise meaningful value through commercial endeavour.





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Ilsa has a diverse profile as a multidimensional practitioner, with specialist knowledge of product design and art direction. She is managing director for rethinkthings LTD, a witty, design led home and gift brand, and is the founder of concept gift store MYNE.boutique, where design led gifts are affordable, and categorised by sentiment to better communicate intended value. 


Her design practice is broad and complex. Split between decadent interior collections & cross platform interaction, her process involves a divergent system for metamorphosis. Ilsa combines image, form and space to craft subliminal nuance as symbiotic mutant gesture .Brand new studio collections consist of dynamic lighting and post digital prints as a dramatic response to biorhythm and client projects span eight design disciplines


Ever keen to share her experiences, she has served as a features editor for Design Exchange magazine, and her industrial, academic and commercial projects are published in a range of books and multiple press articles. Ilsa has won a series of awards for her work which has an international influence from time spent working in France, Brazil and Holland. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and internationally in Melbourne, Gothenburg and Paris.


Ilsa has co-presented a documentary on Brazilian design for the Discovery Channel and is perhaps best known as the winning designer on BBC2 Design for Life with Philippe Starck. This experience resulted in a place at Starck’s agency for 6 months in Paris, learning from major industry brands such as Kartell, Magis, MCSaatchi GAD and Landor.


Her broad experiences and unique approach results in groundbreaking products. Ilsa is named inventor on three granted patent in the US and UK. Clients who have benefitted from her insights include United Utilities, Jamie Oliver, Lego, Phil Redmond CBE, McDonalds, Unilever, Philips, BoConcept, Heals, Calligaris and Sony.


Ilsa lectures at Lincoln University on BA product design, MA design enterprise, MA design innovation and graphic design.
She also provides sessional lectures for Salford University, contributing to BA interior design and MA fashion innovation programmes.

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