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Historic Furniture Store Heal's Celebrates the Best 100 Design Icons

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Home & Design Editor
Updated: 30 May 2017
The historic Heal’s store is now celebrating ‘Heal’s 100’ – a carefully curated edit of the most iconic and fascinating design icons that have shaped our world over the past century. Furniture and interior expert Magnus Englund, who is responsible for selecting the 100-piece collection, offers his top 10 of all time.

London’s iconic department store, which opened its doors in 1810, has become an iconic brand in its own right, establishing a reputation as an innovative company that’s always been at the forefront of the design industry. Recognising its rich heritage, Heal’s has launched a 100-piece collection to showcase some of the most interesting and thought-provoking pieces that have passed through its doors during the firm’s 200-year history.

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Heal’s called upon the expertise of Magnus Englund, the co-founder of hot Scandi brand Skandium and director of the Isokon Gallery Trust, to curate the ‘Heal’s 100’ exhibition. Here are his top 10 picks:

Stool No 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933)

The stool No 60 by Alvar Aalto from 1933, made by Artek, is one of the most important 20th-century designs and my number one. Its simplicity makes it look current, even today, and its reduced form, leaving only function and no decoration, makes it a modernist masterpiece.’

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Pinner Four Poster Bed by Heal’s (2015)

‘Named after Sir Ambrose Heal’s home town, this has a pragmatic Arts & Crafts elegance combined with undeniable modernity.’

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Isokon Penguin Donkey (mark 1) by Egon Riss for Isokon Plus (1939)

‘Jack Pritchard, founder of the Isokon furniture company, knew Allen Lane, creator of Penguin Books and decided to create a piece to hold the publishing house’s paperback book. It’s a perfect example of form and function.’

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Hepburn sofa by Paola Navone for Heal’s (2007)

‘A modern interpretation of a mid-century classic, upholstered in soft leather, is the epitome of Fifties glamour.’

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Arco Floor Lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos (1962)

‘One of the most iconic Italian designs by one of the country’s most influential designers, which would look as at home in a Georgian setting as in a modern space.’

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Egg chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1958)

‘It is not always the case with ground-breaking design, but the Egg chair, which defined the post-war aesthetic, was greeted with immediate acclaim and was first sold in the UK at Heal’s. Half a century later, the instantly recognisable chair remains an icon of pop culture.’

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Moka Express by Alfonso Bialetti for Bialetti (1933)

‘A staple of design reference books, the original design for the beautifully functional Moka Express coffee maker dates from Mussolini’s Italy pre-1943.’

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Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra (1956)

‘The Eames Lounge Chair is seen today as a true classic, but it was also an immediate success on its launch, its status owing much to the piece appearing in a number of movies of the age and in magazine photo shoots on the furnishings of upscale mid-century houses. This covetable statement piece is renowned for its levels of comfort and confident, masculine design.’

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Anglepoise 1227 desk lamp by George Carwardine for Anglepoise (1935)

‘An undisputed design icon. This model is true to its vintage roots. Revolutionary at the time of its design, this is the Anglepoise that inspired so many other variants.’

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Wallis Sofa by Russell Pinch for Heal’s (2017)

‘The sofa, which features a one-piece seat pad, is widely seen as a future classic.’

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The exhibition will be on display at the Tottenham Court Road store until June 11, where you will be able to shop the range of design icons, or find the pieces to buy online now.