Press | High Street Heroes Feature | Ideal Home Magazine | March 2015

During London Design Festival 2014 at the annual Heal's Designers dinner, I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Ginevra Benedetti, who is a interiors and home journalist. From that conversation I was subsequently featured as an Ideal Home Magazine "High Street Hero' - very exciting indeed. Especially as they have previously featured such esteemed designers as Theo Williams, Bold & Noble (I own a few of their prints), Mini Moderns and Orla Kiely!

Big thank you to Beth Davis, who quickly took some flattering shots early one morning in the office. 

 March issue 2015 - Front Cover

March issue 2015 - Front Cover

 The Abacus Low bed for Heal's | The Novak Tallboy for Heal's | Lucinda Armchair in Herbarium fabric for Heal's | Mini studio team discussion 

The Abacus Low bed for Heal's | The Novak Tallboy for Heal's | Lucinda Armchair in Herbarium fabric for Heal's | Mini studio team discussion 

Heals Discovers: Sampling

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With the winning Heal’s Discovers designers announced, and their products selected, the Heal’s product team can crack on with process of developing and sampling.

Each of this year’s designs are created using a different manufacturing process, so it was essential for the Heal’s team to choose the right supplier for each product. It was important to us to source local suppliers where possible, those with the skills and attention to detail required to deliver the goods for our Heal’s Discovers designers......

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Heals Discovers: CASS - London College of Furniture

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London College of Furniture - CAS - HEALS DISCOVERS Furniture that houses new technology, is designed to suit a particular manufacturer’s process or explores the notion of ‘Britishness’ – how would you approach these briefs from Heal’s? Students at The CASS London College of Furniture did just that, as part of the annual competition that we run in conjunction with the renowned London design school.

The undergrads on product design courses at The CASS, which counts designer William Warren amongst its tutors, were given a semester to work on one of three live briefs, each with a different focus: technology, materials and.....

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Heal’s Discovers: The Finalists - TOM PARFITT

  Tom-ParfittOur last (but certainly not least) Heal’s Discovers 2014 finalist is Tom Parfitt. His future as a designer was clear from a young age – he’s come a long way from constructing toys from cardboard boxes…

After leaving school in 2005 Tom Parfitt started an apprenticeship in cabinet making at British furniture brand Benchmark, who manufacture the Heal’s Cranborne range. Having worked there for five years, surrounded by the work of prominent designers such as Russell Pinch, Tomoko Azumi and Steuart Padwick, he decided to formally study furniture design. During his degree in Furniture: Design & Make at Rycotewood in Oxford, which works in partnership with Bucks University as part of the National School of Furniture, Tom developed new design skills and explored methods of working.......

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Into the woods - Coppicing

On a bright but chilly Friday morning a group of welly clad Londoners consisting of UK journalists, bloggers and the Heal's furniture team gathered outside Heals HQ. Ready for a woodland adventure into the Kent Countryside. Kirsty Whyte_Blog_Coppicing_Seb Cox_Heals (2)

Reminiscent of a school trip we piled onboard a minibus; excited with the prospect of clean air and green fields. We were blessed with one of the first dry days of the year; the sun even poked out behind some clouds.

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The purpose of our little excision was to join Designer Seb Cox and representatives of Grown in Britain, to learn more about our neglected British woodlands and how they can be sustainably managed to save our native woodland animals alongside harvesting a useful and exportable commodity.

We learnt that Ash is the new oak in furniture production and ranges like the new Cranborne collection, manufactured by UK company Benchmark are just the beginning.

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One of Sebs beautifully crafted Suent Chairs were in pride of place near the hearth, this chair uses the same techniques as the Heal's Oak and Hazel Collection. 

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But we were just in the woods to learn there theories behind the husbandry of Woodland management we we're there to graft too. Part of Sebs long term commitment to this cause is buying and managing his own area of woodland by the ancient process of Coppicing. - which is cutting back the old growth to allow space for new straight rods to grow back. Clearing light to the woodland floor for the flowers as well as producing beautify straight pieces of timber that can be used from fences to furniture.

Wrapped up in multiple layers and fuelled on a big bowl of porridge we then we're put to task (after a short safety introduction about our tools for the day; a Bill Hook and Bow Saw).

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The blue sky and warming rays were very welcome.

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Smoke from our mountainous bonfire, created from the unusable treetops.

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Huge tree scared by lightening.

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Plenty of coat hooks for hanging those unwanted layers.

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After several hours chopping away and using muscles I forgot I had, we stopped for a well deserved lunch break. Lovingly prepared by Sebs Nanna (and amazing cook) soup, homemade Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. Suitably full and spoilt we cracked on with the last felled tree of the day.

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Curious of some other tools of the trade Seb had brought along we then had a spoon making demonstration; it looks much easier than it is in practice!

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Sitting back to admire our achievement for the day by the crackling bonfire; over a cool bottle of beer and celebrating we still all had 10 digits!

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Above; the fruits of our labour ready to be turned into furniture.

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The cleared area of woodland, after our team effort.

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As the sun began to disappear over the horizon we headed back to the minibus; a little more exhausted and muddier that us city dwellers are used to.

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Rather like toddlers after a busy day we then promptly fell asleep on the way home!

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A fantastic and educational day, big thankyou to everyone who made it possible.

For More information about Coppicing watch the video of Seb Cox below:

Sebastian Cox Furniture | Video