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Heal’s, a London design institution

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London is packed with warehouses. Honestly I have never been a huge fan, except for a small selection of them. One being Heal’s; a warehouse full of modern contemporary furniture and lighting.

A veritable London design institution Heal’s opened for business in 1810. At that time, founder John Harris Heal presented French-style feather-filled mattresses to London’s homeowners. Ever the hearty Londoner, Heal’s has been blazing a design trail to this day.

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Located at 196 Tottenham Court Road since 1833, the Heal’s building is certainly an architectural icon in its own right. The captivating and impressive Cecil Brewer designed spiral staircase was completed in 1916. Brewer was the cousin of Ambrose Heal, the great-grandson of John Harris Heal. Ambrose worked at Heal’s as a craftsman and designer, and would ultimately assume the role of chairman.

I recently discovered that Heal’s updated their website with an up-to-date facelift, refreshing its virtual home with a modern makeover. Responsive, informative, clean and cool, this new platform adds yet another dimension to the Heal’s design legacy. I really love their blog section, filled with great posts on what’s happening behind the scene, interviews with designers and so on.

On my trip to London earlier this year, I of course explored the store and had a laugh with the other design bloggers.

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Our event at Heal’s was part of the Design Bloggers United London tour, and arranged for us by at{mine}, an online community for home and design lovers, where members do the sharing.

 

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