Who doesn’t love Heal’s? Its gorgeous store on Tottenham Court Road, the on point product ranges. And now the iconic British brand has launched a retrospective of the past century of Italian influence on British style.
The celebration includes a new furniture range, several in-store events and original illustrations representing thirteen landmark events in the past century of Italian design. If you haven’t already been to a Heal’s open day event, get yourself down as they are always seriously good fun and in the loveliest setting. “Heal’s has been bringing Italian style to the UK since the 1920s,’ Heal’s Head of Buying Sabina Miller says. ‘However, Italy itself has always been far ahead of the rest of Europe when it comes to pushing the boundaries – they were already championing industrial design and versatility in the 1930s. Many ubiquitous features of furniture today, such as the flick switch on the power lead of most modern lamps, were first produced by Italian designers.” Ever the trend-setters Heal’s- hats off to you.
The illustrations, created to represent Heal’s relationship with Italian designers, include many items that the brand have stocked for a century. (Heal’s is the only brick & mortar retailer still selling Riva’s products, first created in the 1920s.) Each individual illustration represents the most pivotal events in Italian design for that decade, re-created in a modern style.
All the images were created in partnership with Lucie Sheridan, an up-and-coming illustrator who Heal’s first discovered through Instagram. To continue the Italian tradition of blending interiors with visual art, and to champion good British creative in every form, Heal’s commissioned her to create the series as their first original graphic design project for 2017.
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