Six fas­ci­nat­ing facts you need to know about this his­toric de­sign su­per­store

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style | Pro­mo­tion -

In 1810, the year that Heal’s first opened its doors, sev­eral other mo­men­tous things hap­pened: Jane Austen wrote Sense & Sen­si­bil­ity and Beethoven com­posed Für Elise.

In the 19th cen­tury, Heal’s was one of the first re­tail­ers to print ad­ver­tise­ments in the newly pop­u­lar se­ri­alised nov­els of the era (among them Charles Dick­ens Bleak House, left). Its in-store Mansard Gallery, opened in 1917, was the first UK space to ex­hibit Modigliani’s art.

Sit­ting on a win­dow ledge on the Tot­ten­ham Court Road store’s 1916 spi­ral stair­case is a large bronze cat by French sculp­tor Chas­sagne. Sir Ambrose Heal bought it in 1925 and loved it so much that he re­fused all of­fers to sell it; it has re­mained on the stair­case ever since.

Heal’s of­fers a Styling Ser­vice to help you get your in­te­rior just as you want it to be, and will make be­spoke pieces to com­mis­sion – in­clud­ing made-to-mea­sure wardrobes.

To­day, the store is known for its col­lab­o­ra­tions with up-and-com­ing de­sign­ers, no­tably through its fan­tas­tic ‘Heal’s Dis­cov­ers’ range. New pieces this sea­son in­clude Tim Sum­mers’ ‘Flip’ desk (right), a solid oak de­sign that re­thinks the tra­di­tional bureau for mod­ern home work­ers.

The Heal’s web­site has sev­eral handy guides that are in­valu­able for de­sign fans – among them tips for what to con­sider when buy­ing light­ing, so­fas and rugs, plus care guides for leather and mar­ble.

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