Last week I had the pleasure of going to the HEAL'S Autumn/Winter PREVIEW at their flagship store on the Tottenham Court Road.  This being my first proper press event since starting my blog a couple of months back, I was super excited and the Heal's crowd were lovely!.  As a regular visitor of the online store I knew I would love whatever the new collection had to offer and keeping to their core philosophy of "GOOD DESIGN WELL MADE", there was no shortage of beautifully crafted furniture and homeware.  For me there were a few key pieces that I wanted to report back on, so here goes! Let me know what you think!


Being particularly interested in print and pattern I was really excited to see the uber cool Camille Walala's collaboration with FLOOR_STORY.  The result are these utterly divine rugs. Masterpieces in their own right they will adorn your floors beautifully for a POP of colour and are sure to become cult classics! I think though they command a big open minimalist space with high ceilings like in the room set below otherwise they could over dominate, but LOVE them I do.  Shop the rugs below HERE 

Here I have added some SUNNY TODD cushions from his SS16 collection which I think compliment these rugs well and add to the block colour 80's trend still going strong in 2016 (Sunny also happens to be my printing tutor who holds brilliant courses at his Ledbury Studio).


I noticed these gorgeous hand woven dip dyed lights instantly, I love how the colours merge into one another.  They are incredibly SIMPLE, DELICATE and unstated but very CHIC. They come in Geometric, Fan and Nipped shapes and the light glows through them wonderfully.  From what I have researched natural materials are certainly making a presence this season in Interiors.  The ever stylish Canework for example is back in a big way and I feel this collection by Janie Knitted Textiles falls into that trend of traditional craftsmanship/raw materials made modern.  Shop the lamp below HERE 


This neat design is a modern take on the Heals's Chesterfield design and I adore that button detail which oozes sumptuous LUXURY.  It's a clever blend of traditional and contemporary.  Could there be a nod to Dulux's colour of the year "Cherished Gold" or a variation at least in this colour way?  I'm not sure as this is  more "buttercup" in comparison but the Balmoral sofa which has been upolstered in Designers Guild Varese Velvet is pretty WOW.  I especially love it set against that deep Indigo panelled wall.  I want to dive into this picture and put my sophisticated feet up!


From what I can see there seems to be a strong TRIBAL trend going on in Interiors right now and I saw some fabulous Aboriginal works at the Masterpiece Art Fair in London last week.  Heal's though have shone the spotlight on South AFRICA and Swaziland to create the Design Africa collection.  One of my favourites here is the marbled glassware by Ngwenya Glass.  Apparently according to Elle Decor MARBELLING effects are going to be everywhere this A/W but this unique example beautifully illustrates the fresh creativity coming from the continent....exciting times! 

It was great to see what will be hitting the shop floor for the season ahead and Heal's most certainly continue to do what they do best - showcasing emerging talent together with their in-house collections which co-exist beautifully and bring together old and new. 


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