The Heal’s Cat Charity Auction

Heal's Cat Charity Auction

This Christmas we’re raising money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital with the Heal’s Cat Charity Auction – a feline fundraiser that gives you the chance to own an original piece from one of ten of our favourite designers.
Presiding over a century of design innovation, the Heal’s cat has remained a feature of the Cecil Brewer staircase in our Tottenham Court Road store ever since its completion in 1916. In this its centenary year, ten renowned designers have been challenged to decorate their own version of the feline figurehead for our live Heal’s Cat Charity Auction with all profits going to the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Kiss It Better appeal.
The Heal’s Cat Charity Auction will take place as part of our Christmas Party on 8th December, 7pm with designs from Orla Kiely, Ikuko Iwamoto, Donna Wilson, Louise Lockhart, Rachel Cave, Mia Sarosi, Cressida Bell, Sunny Todd, Squint and Zoe Bradley. The starting price for each cat is £100 – to register your interest email us at [email protected] and we will contact you between the 8th November and 7th December to take your details.

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Orla Kiely

Known for her retro inspired prints, Orla has applied her signature style in a beautifully symmetrical manner to our feline mascot. The linear flower design leads the eye up and around the profile of the Heal’s cat resulting in a simple yet magnificent collectable piece. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Ikuko Iwamoto

Japanese designer Ikuko Iwamoto is inspired by nature, especially microscopic patterns. Her avant-garde Heal’s cat has a decorative neck piece made from old telephone wires juxtaposed against delicate gold edged ceramics.To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Donna Wilson

Bringing a childlike wonder to contemporary home accessories, Donna Wilson’s instantly recognisable wildlife characters adorn everything from cushions to ceramics. Her interpretation of the Heal’s cat captures this same sense of fun and adventure with intricately hand painted brushstrokes in folksy tones of blue and gold. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Louise Lockhart

Taking inspiration from everyday symbols such as hand painted signs, food packaging and old toys, Louise has created this striking version of the Heal’s cat. Made by drawing, printing, cutting and finally sticking on her designs, the bright blue base for the design is very contemporary whilst the shapes have a folk art aesthetic that together give the piece a timeless appeal. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Rachel Cave

Inspired by geometric shapes and mid-century fabrics, Rachel’s imitable pattern designs can be found on packaging, stationery and homewares. From her beachside home in Bournemouth, Rachel has created this decal version of the Heal’s cat covering it with flower and thistle shapes in calming shades of aqua. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Mia Sarosi

For her design, world renowned ceramicist Mia Sarosi chose to decorate the Heal’s cat as a piece of live art in our flagship store. Hand painted in shades of blue, Mia used her signature Octopus design as seen on some her ceramics sold in store. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Cressida Bell

Intricately painted in black and gold, the printmaker Cressida Bell’s design for the Heal’s cat is almost sphinx link in appearance with mesmerising golden eyes and golden studs down its back. Signed by the designer on the paw, this collectors piece is fit for any pharaoh’s palace. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Sunny Todd

Sunny and his wife Emma established ‘Sunny Todd Prints’ in 2013 and have already been named by Elle Decoration as a ‘Name to watch’. As with all Sunny Todd designs, every shape is cut by hand which gives their take on the Heal’s cat beautiful irregularities and ensures that the shapes are refreshingly dynamic and full of movement. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Squint

Founded by Lisa Whatmough and fuelled by her passion for textiles combined with a very British design sensibility, Squint create richly decorative homewares and exuberant furniture. Lisa imbues Squint with her own style and has created a clear visual signature which she has carried through to her interpretation of the Heal’s cat. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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Zoe Bradley

Designer Zoe Bradley draws inspiration from a diverse range of subjects, from the organic forms of nature to sharp architectural lines. This intricate yet minimal design covers the Heal’s cat in hundreds of painstakingly applied petals to create a pearlescent masterpiece. To place your bid, register your interest by emailing [email protected].

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