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From The Archives
Behind the Design: 675 Chair
Heal’s celebrates iconic chairs that shaped modern British design in its ‘Sit Down, Stand Out’ installation. One is Robin Day’s 675 Chair.
Heal’s and 100 Years of Bauhaus
It’s been a century since one of the most influential design movements was founded. We explore the close ties Heal’s has to the Bauhaus.
Remembering Florence Knoll Bassett
Florence Knoll Bassett, design pioneer and the ‘guiding light’ of Knoll, sadly passed away on January 25th 2019 at the age of 101. Her designs for Knoll have been a key part of the Heal’s offering for many years and her influence on the brand’s direction is undeniable. In our latest blog we take […]
Enid Marx and the Mansard Gallery
With the opening on a new exhibition of Enid Marx’s work at the House of Illustration, the most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years, we’re celebrating the renowned artist who had a close connection with Heal’s. – Enid Marx has become synonymous with mid-century graphic art and textile design. Best […]
Heal’s 200: Dodie Smith & the Heal’s Cat
Whilst Heal’s has a long history of famous connections – including the Bloomsbury Group as well as Modigliani – there’s one celebrated name that actually spent time at Heal’s as an employee. Dodie Smith, author of the classic I Capture the Castle and The Hundred and One Dalmatians, spent nearly 10 years working at our […]
Heal’s 200: At the Sign of the Four Poster
As part of Heal’s 200, we have has replaced the old ‘sign of the four poster’ with a faithful reproduction. Once considered a modern logo, the emblem now acts as a symbol of our heritage and reminds us how much tastes and styles have changed over the last two hundred years. The new sign now hangs […]
Two Centuries of Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road
We’re telling the tale of our flagship store, an iconic building that is recognised the world over. However, what is lesser known is that Heal’s has been a feature of the Tottenham Court Road landscape for a staggering 200 years. Here’s the story of how our reign came to be. – Humble Beginnings The year […]
Modigliani and The Mansard Gallery
A new and exciting exhibition has come to London. The Tate Modern is staging the largest UK retrospective of Amedeo Modigliani’s work – one hundred portraits, including some of his best, painted over the 14 years that Modigliani lived in Paris. Known for his pictorial style and elongated forms, it comes as a surprise […]
“If in doubt, innovate.” The Legacy of Ambrose Heal
Sir Ambrose Heal (1872- 1959) was a designer, retailer and influential figure whose time at the helm of Heal’s put the firm at the centre of design and retail innovation in Britain. Chairman of Heal’s from 1913-1953, a number of his Arts & Crafts designs feature as part of our Heal’s 100 exhibition alongside contemporary […]
Modern Tendencies: how Heal’s brought Modernism to Britain
Always at the forefront of design, the major part Heal’s played introducing modernism to British homes is one that is too often overlooked, underplayed or plain ignored. To make amends for this crime against design history, we bring together key pieces from our Heal’s 100 exhibition to tell the story of modernist furniture in Britain. […]
Heal’s Heritage Room: a journey through design
Travel back through 200 years of design history at Heal’s Heritage Room, a new permanent exhibition space within our Tottenham Court Road store. From the introduction of feather filled mattresses to modernist tubular furniture, the revolutionary work of the Mansard Gallery to our part in the Festival of Britain, for over two centuries Heal’s […]