Behind The Design

The Great Indoors

As the summer sun fades and Autumnal winds pick up, we’re reaching for these wonderfully warm and cosy Pendleton throws. Bringing together two great American institutions, this collection celebrates the rugged beauty of the nation’s national parks providing the perfect pieces for your home. Still made within Pendleton’s woollen mills in the Pacific Northwest, the […]

In The Family

Designed by royal appointment, Katie Walker’s exceptionally crafted furniture shot into the limelight in 2013 when she provided Prince George with his own bespoke high-chair. Whilst you’re highly unlikely to get your hands on this one-off piece, Walker has applied her unique approach to traditional British furniture to the Windsor Rocker, an exclusive design available […]

Celebration (Robin) Day

To mark the birthday of the late great British designer Robin Day, we’re looking to the Heal’s archive to rediscover the award winning storage unit that helped launch his name. A man of many talents, Day began his career in the 1940s as a teacher at Beckenham School of Art where he first met fellow […]

Happy Birthday Marcel Breuer

It’s hard to believe that, were he still alive today, visionary designer Marcel Breuer would be celebrating his 123rd Birthday. Born in Hungary in 1902, he went on to become a professor at the infamous Bahaus school of design in Germany and throughout this period produced a number of iconic designs such as his infamous […]

Fired Up: Lyngard Ceramics

  Nestled in the heart of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, Lyngard Ceramics are continuing the areas rich cultural heritage through the production of beautiful hand-made pendant lights. Headed by Carmen Pattinson, this family run ceramicists has a long lineage of pottery that dates back over six generations. Notable ancestors include Carmen’s great grandfather who, in […]

Melt Lighting

To mark the start of the prestigious Salone Del Mobile design fair, Heal’s is launching Tom Dixon’s latest Capsule collection at the same time it goes on show in Milan. A collaboration between leading British designer Tom Dixon and Swedish design group FRONT, the Melt Pendants have a fluid form and dazzling copper finish. The […]

Bubble Lamp Factory Tour

Since their introduction in 1952, the iconic George Nelson Bubble Lamps have been made by hand in rural Michigan.  The original jigs are still used to bend the wires that make up the intricate frame for the lamps. From the forming of the wire frame to the spraying of the vinyl form, one by one, each […]

The Brilliance of Balenciaga

The name Cristóbal Balenciaga looms large in the history of STUA. Designing and manufacturing in their hometown of San Sebastian, the Gasca family have long been influenced by their relationship with the legendary couturier. Acting as a live mannequin for Balenciaga, Jesús Gasca’s mother would stand for hours while the designer sculpted his creations directly […]

Matthew Hilton’s Bookshelf

Innovation is no small task. So it’s no surprise that designers and craftsmen are always on the lookout for visual material to nurture their next creative breakthrough. One such example is Matthew Hilton, a mainstay of the Heal’s showroom thanks to his naturally evolving yet novel approach to design. Keen to find out where he […]

Designing The Abacus Bed

We sat down with Kirsty Whyte, the designer of our new Abacus bedroom range – a modern interpretation of Heal’s historic iron bedsteads – to discuss her inspiration. Can you describe Abacus to us? The Abacus bed was designed using a traditional early 20th Century iron bedstead as inspiration. Traditional detailing has been pared back […]

Heal’s Discovers 14 Sampling

With the winning Heal’s Discovers designers announced, and their products selected, the Heal’s product team can crack on with process of developing and sampling. Each of this year’s designs are created using a different manufacturing process, so it was essential for the Heal’s team to choose the right supplier for each product. It was important […]

Heal’s Discovers 14: Tom Parfitt

Our last (but certainly not least) Heal’s Discovers 2014 finalist is Tom Parfitt. His future as a designer was clear from a young age – he’s come a long way from constructing toys from cardboard boxes… After leaving school in 2005 Tom Parfitt started an apprenticeship in cabinet making at British furniture brand Benchmark, who […]