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The lat­est designer col­lab­o­ra­tions at Heal’s fea­ture firsts for three cel­e­brated Bri­tish de­sign­ers – what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the new sea­son?

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Design is, by its na­ture, a fluid thing, led by tech­nol­ogy as well as trends. As a cham­pion of new prod­ucts and in­no­va­tions (from feather-filled mat­tresses and elec­tric light­ing to be­ing the first re­tailer to in­tro­duce Scan­di­na­vian fur­ni­ture to the UK) since it opened in 1810, Lon­don-based re­tailer Heal’s has al­ways un­der­stood that. Its rep­u­ta­tion for sup­port­ing emerg­ing and es­tab­lished design tal­ent, mean­while, con­tin­ues to this day – as show­cased in its lat­est se­ries of col­lab­o­ra­tions with lead­ing Bri­tish de­sign­ers.

As has come to be ex­pected from Heal’s, these are no sim­ple ‘de­signed by...’ part­ner­ships. Ac­claimed fur­ni­ture designer Matthew Hil­ton, for ex­am­ple, has taken his first foray into light­ing design. Along with the el­e­gant, min­i­mal­ist sil­hou­ettes for which his work is known, sub­tle colour and LED tech­nol­ogy make them a per­fect fit for modern homes.

Also new this sea­son is an ex­clu­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion with east Lon­don design stu­dio Vi­ta­min. Its mis­sion – to cre­ate a Scan­di­na­vian-in­spired col­lec­tion with con­tem­po­rary design and tech­nol­ogy at an at­trac­tive price-point – is ev­i­dent in pieces such as the ‘Con­tra’ pen­dant light ( be­low), which plays with both ma­te­rial and form in its con­trast of metal and glass.

It’s a first, too, for 2006 Heal’s Dis­cov­ers win­ner Rus­sell Pinch. The lat­est ad­di­tion to Pinch’s ‘ Wal­lis’ col­lec­tion, launched ex­clu­sively at Heal’s last year, is his de­but bed design (right). With its soft curves, crisp, stylish lines and a com­pact-yet-gen­er­ous pro­file, it will likely not be his last. Dis­cover the new SS18 col­lec­tions at heals.com

This page ‘Dome’ pen­dant by Matthew Hil­ton in khaki, £249; ‘Duo’ pen­dant by Vi­ta­min in blue, £199; ‘Cross’ ta­ble by Case, £1,715; ‘Di­ablo’ vases, from £29 each, all Heal’s Op­po­site ‘ Wy­att’ chairs, £459 for a pair; ‘Blake’ mar­ble-top din­ing ta­ble,...

‘ Wal­lis’ bed by Rus­sell Pinch in iced-mint vel­vet, £1,899; washed li­nen bed­li­nen, from £28; cot­ton waf­fle bed­spreads, £149 each; ‘Har­losh’ bed­side ta­ble in black ash by Pinch, £865; ‘Joule’ ta­ble lamp,£139; ‘Ronda’ rug, £399, all Heal’s

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