Wherever you’re reading this in the world, if you have an interest in the history of furniture design then chances are you’ll know about Heal’s. A long established British brand synonymous with innovative, forward thinking design, supporting new talent and in my mind for championing modernism ahead of its time. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Heal’s, I think of the ways in which it pushes boundaries and respects craftmanship.
Back in May, the store opened the Heal’s 100 Design Icons exhibition on Tottenham Court Rd in which, as the title suggests, featured 100 of Heal’s most revered items of furniture sold over the last century. Charged with the impossible task of choosing them was founding director of Skandium and director of the Isokon Gallery Trust, Magnus Englund.
From archived collections to still in production classics and contemporary designs ready to purchase, the exhibition was both a retrospective of a family business spanning 200 years as well as a look at future heirlooms. I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces from the collection – an almost impossible task in itself given the line up, all of which are available to purchase now. Have I whetted your appetite now?
Heal’s British Designers – A Collaboration
I’m very proud to be working with Heal’s on a project of my own, alongside journalist Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About The House. On Thursday 27th July we’ll each be live styling a window of the store as part of a celebration of Heal’s British Designers. Well known for discovering emerging British talent through their program Heal’s Discovers, we’ve both been asked to create a space choosing hero pieces from some of the best designers in the country. Stop by to ask us about our design process, what British design means to us…or just wave through the window!
Date – Thursday 27th July 2017
Time – 8:30 – 15:00
Venue – Heal’s, The Queen’s Building, Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5AA