Swedish Summer at Heal’s

This isn’t the first time Heal’s has had a Swedish event in store. In 1951 Heal’s introduced Scandinavian furniture to the UK. It was an immediate hit and several Scandi events ensued. In 1971 one particular Swedish event included a huge party including a ‘smorgsbord’ on the fourth floor, a Swedish beer cellar in the […]

Festival of Britain

Described by the Labour deputy leader, Herbert Morrison, as a “tonic for the nation”, the Festival of Britain set out to convey a sense of recovery and progress after the Second World War. The 1951 festival was a landmark for British design, and – due to the vision and energy of its employess together with […]

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 […]

Modigliani: A Unique Artistic Voice

Like so many creative catalysts, Amedeo Modigliani set the art world ablaze for all too short a period. To celebrate such a fleeting, yet prolific talent, a new exhibition at London’s leafy Estorick Collection is giving visitors a rare chance to view his distinctive style within an intimate setting. Bringing together a selection of works […]

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 […]

The Mansard Gallery

  Ambrose Heal had a keen interest in fine art and his involvement with painting and drawing paralleled his development as a designer, manufacturer and retailer. That’s why it’s hardly surprising, given his interest in the relationship between art, design and commerce, he should set up a gallery at Heal’s to show the most innovative […]

Art Into Industry – The Bauhaus at Heal’s

  It’s not hard to see the effect the Bauhaus continues to have on contemporary design. Just take a look at the tubular style furniture within our showrooms. Yet the link between the influential German design school and Heal’s goes far beyond that of recent memory. Founded in 1919, the Bauhaus spearheaded a wave of […]

Heal’s Home Guard

Today (10th May) in 1941, our shop was hit by an oil bomb & incendiary bombs. The Heal’s Home Guard and workers who were staying in our basement bomb shelter managed to subdue the fires. Sadly several adjoining buildings were razed to the ground. This photo is of the Heal’s Home Guard on Alfred Mews. […]

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 […]