Heals Discovers 14: The Universities

To recap: this year’s Heal’s Discovers process is a little different to usual. Rather than waiting to see this emerging talent at graduate shows and design exhibitions, alongside every other retailer, Heal’s has gone direct to the place where the real action happens; into the workshops and studio spaces of Universities. My mission was to […]

Pancake Day by Pascale Smets

This pancake day instead of the traditional Galettes or Crêpes I’m going to be making Dosas. Dosas are little pancakes made from rice and gram (chickpea) flour that are Southern Indian in origin. They are traditionally stuffed with spiced potato or sambar (a sort of dal) so the whole dish is vegan and gluten free. […]

New Lease of Light

Last year, photographer Mark Cornick visited our flagship store on Tottenham Court Road to take some striking photos of Heal’s very own architectural gem–the Cecil Brewer staircase. Not long after his visit, the staircase was closed to the public while it underwent a facelift. Finally revealed during London Design Festival, the spiraling stairwell has been […]

First Editions Are In Fashion

What links a 200-year old furniture company, a 19th century writer and a 21st century model/actress? It’s not a riddle or the start of a bad joke, we promise. The answer is a serialised, first edition novel. More specifically, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which was initially published as 20 monthly installments from March 1852. […]

From Tree to Table

This week we have been celebrating Grown In Britain Week with the launch of Cranborne, a collection of English ash furniture designed exclusively for us by Benchmark. Grown In Britain week is focused on building a sustainable future for our forests and woodlands. Our own history and commitment to promoting homegrown design are just a […]

Grown In Britain by Sebastian Cox

Furniture designer Sebastian Cox discusses why we need to start using British wood. “The summer is over, and autumn’s here. Looking back, my favourite thing about the summer is the seasonal British-grown food I wait all year to eat – asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes and cherries top my list. I admit, I might very occasionally buy […]

Route To Become A Designer

If you missed our very first live google+ on air panel discussion, don’t worry, you can still watch the recorded version. The subject of our first panel discussion was ‘The Route To Become A Designer’ with the panel consisting of: Michelle Alger (Head of Home at Heal’s), Terence Woodgate, William Warren, David Steiner, Jade and […]

40 Years of Togo

Designed by Michel Ducaroy and released in 1973, Ligne Roset’s Togo sofa celebrates its 40th birthday this year. We asked the brand’s creative director, Michel Roset, to explain what makes this iconic design so timeless and unique. Why do you think the Togo has been such an enduring success? When Togo was created in 1973 […]

Balzac: 20 Years of Craftsmanship

The Balzac armchair is probably one of the most important pieces of furniture of the last twenty years. Permanently exhibited at London’s V&A museum, the chair’s reputation for innovative design is known the world over. Designed by Matthew Hilton and created by furniture manufacturers SCP, the Balzac was born out of Hilton’s observations on the […]