Press release, London, April 2014
Known for discovering and nurturing young design talent, Heal’s has joined forces with three emerging textile designers to create a new collection of printed cushions. Designed by Kangan Arora, Daniel Heath and Maxine Sutton, this exclusive range is limited edition and beautifully crafted; each cushion is stamped with the designer’s unique signature, Heal’s logo and its individual edition number.
The three designers take inspiration from a diverse range of subject matters, from the animated colours of India, to the unassuming architecture of London, and even the costumes from the 1980s film, Pretty in Pink. The overall collection oozes both style and personality, with each design telling its own story through the use of colour, pattern, texture and handcrafted techniques.
Born in India into a family with a long history of working in textile trade, Central St. Martin’s alumnus Kangan Arora is known for her use of screen-printing, combined with traditional hand embroidery and appliqué.
Arora’s eclectic mix of prints for Heal’s is heavily influenced by her Indian roots and the country’s modern street culture. Inspired by kitsch objects and bright graphics of Bollywood posters, Arora’s designs are screen-printed, embroidered and quilted in her London studio, and produced by artisanal craftsmen in Northern India.
Daniel Heath, trained in the traditional silk-screen printing processes at the Royal College of Art, and has created four designs exclusively for Heal’s. The splendours of London’s Art Deco architecture, including Heal’s Tottenham Court Road flagship store, are cited as a key inspiration for Heath’s limited edition prints.
His geometric designs, featuring orderly and symmetrical structures, are hand-printed onto British-sourced natural linen in his East London studio. Two of the pieces – Perivale and Gilbert – have been named after the designers of the Art Deco Hoover Building in London’s Perivale. Adopting a simple palette of bright primary hues, Heath’s prints are contemporary and linear, yet with a strong nostalgic feel.
Embroidery and textile designer Maxine Sutton applies chalky pastels and flashes of pink to her exclusive designs for Heal’s. Made and designed in Margate using natural fabrics, Sutton’s range boasts a unique way of handcrafting – combining screen-printing and hand embroidery, with appliqué patchwork and needle punch details.
With a touch of playfulness, Sutton’s designs feature her trademark illustrative and abstract motifs. One print features the iconic Heal’s Cat, and takes its colour and embroidery influences from the costumes in John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink. Others use blocks of overlapping dyes to reflect the conversation between colour and pattern. All demonstrate Sutton’s unconventional, experimental way of working; she enjoys working back and forth between embroidery and screen-printing, believing that each technique constantly influences the other, allowing her to create original and unexpected designs.
The new limited edition cushions by Kangan Arora, Daniel Heath and Maxine Sutton for Heal’s are available to buy now in-store and online.
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Heal’s has been designing, making and selling quality furniture for more than two centuries now, so it’s no surprise that it’s known as ‘the home of modern and contemporary designer furniture’. Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. Heal’s is as passionate today as it’s always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design.
Kangan Arora is a contemporary textile designer and freelance photographer from the plains of North India, now at home in North London. Her work draws inspiration from vibrant Indian street culture and life on the highways to create beautiful, striking, handcrafted products for the home. Establishing a print studio in 2011 after graduating from Central Saint Martins and the National Institute of Fashion, fine textiles have actually run in the family for more than a 100 years. She maintains a strongly rooted heritage to local crafts and materials; combining screen-printing with traditional hand embroidery and appliqué.
Daniel Heath is an Independent Wallpaper, Textile and Surface Designer renowned for his whimsical yet sophisticated hand-drawn illustrations of nostalgic animals and motifs. Growing up in the heart of East Sussex, inspiration flowed from the rich South Downs landscape to the winding coastal paths where wildlife thrives in abundance. Now based in the heart of East London, close to Hackney Marshes, the designer-maker has continued his interest in craftsmanship. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2006 to make bespoke, hand-printed wallpapers and crafted material surfaces. Daniel employs contemporary processes such as laser engraving to re-adorn heritage materials using his hand-drawn designs, creating a refined collection of interior surfaces and product that are not only beautifully made, but also compassionately manufactured.
Maxine Sutton’s studio practice incorporates a variety of projects. Starting with the one off textile artworks that inform her design work, she has worked on a range of commercial design and illustration commissions and regularly produces her own label collection of interior textiles and home wares. Maintaining a commitment to sustainable and ethical materials and production methods wherever possible, the work combines illustrative and abstract prints, hand and machine embroidery, with appliquéd and needle punch details.