Heal’s have unveiled their first fabric collection since the 1970’s, not only is that exciting news but to hear the group of designers behind this collection from established to emerging designers, just makes me squeal with joy!
The fabric is being sold by the metre and also a range of products (sofas, leather stationary, kitchen textiles, bed linen) that also feature the patterns. All fabrics are priced at £45 per square metre.
So let’s have a look……..
“Malika Favre’s exotic Peacock Flower is a bold, geometric interpretation of a floral theme. Favre took the form of a peacock as the basis for the colourful abstract pattern, having (poetically) seen one of these majestic birds wandering around her hotel on a recent trip to the French Riviera.” (more………)
“Distinctively Scandinavian, Hvass & Hannibal’s Herbarium uses the forest as its main theme. The pattern is illustrative, depicting plants, flowers and trees, which reflects the folkloristic style of the design duo’s work over the years. The pattern also deliberately moves away from the geometric look, to avoid looking too uniform or grid-like.” (more……..)
“Originally designed for Heal’s in 1963, Zandra Rhodes’ Top Brass 2 makes a return in the designer’s signature pink colourway. Created while she was still studying at The Royal College of Art London, the medal motif was inspired by a David Hockney painting and representative of the Pop Art period with its bold colour palette.” (more……….)
“With its rich colours and detailed pattern, Cressida Bell’s Trees is highly decorative. Heavily influenced by the 1930s and 1940s trends, Bell looked to the illustrators of that period such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, for inspiration. Her design motto is ‘more is more’ rather than ‘less is more’.” (more……….)
“Lady Jane by Petra Börner is designed to resemble a scattered bouquet of rough cuts from the garden. The idea was derived from horticultural images taken from vintage books. Börner has a unique way of working – cutting the artwork into layers of paper, then scanning and repeating. She contrasts the traditional tone of English Arts and Crafts Movement textiles, with bold Scandinavian lines and sharp colours.” (more…….)
” The late Diana Bloomfield’s Tea Time truly reflects the 1950s period in which it was first designed. Introduced to the new fabric collection by Heal’s, with the help of Bloomfield’s daughter Julia, Tea Time is thought to be inspired by the illustrated cakes and jellies, featured in Isabella Beeton’s Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. The retro pattern evokes the style of the past while its playfulness gives it a modern quality.” (more……..)
“Cloud by Emily Patrick is based on one of the designer’s own paintings, a sky study. With Patrick’s strong brushwork creating a tranquil painted effect, Cloud brings an element of nature into the home, breaking down the barrier between the outside and inside. Together with her husband – a mathematician – Patrick carefully calculated the repeat necessary to apply her painting to a fabric.” (more…….)
“Paul Vogel’s Stripe series is inspired by Heal’s own archives, but uses Spring 2014’s colour trends to give it a modern twist. Vogel was fascinated by the photography of Miles Aldridge and the illustrations of David McKee, both of whom demonstrate a flair for bright colours. Vogel is known for his signature stripes, playing with proportion and colour to create simple but effective patterns.” (more…….)
“When designing her geometric print for Heal’s, Ottilie Stevenson looked to Art Deco jewellery, in particular the shapes and lines created by the gold chain links of 1940s necklaces. Zig Zag exemplifies Stevenson’s love of striking, crisp geometrics, allowing the colours to stand out and make a statement.” (more………)
SOURCE and quotes: HEAL’S PRESS