Published on : Friday, July 18, 2014
Heal’s will launch the 2014 edition of its Heal’s Discovers collection at 100% Design. In line with its long-standing commitment to discovering and nurturing young design talent, the UK furniture retailer will showcase the new work of this year’s winners at the show.
Exclusive to Heal’s, these include the Rickard stool by Phil Luscombe and Josh South (Northumbria University), Maya side table by Tom Parfitt (National School of Furniture), Turn furniture and lighting collection by Ester Comunello (Bucks New University), and the sand cast stools (above) by Sam Lloyd (Kingston University).
The Maya side table was inspired by Soviet era modernist architecture and high tech architecture, which use concrete to blur the lines between structural elements and decoration. The design was the result of a series of sketches of various different shapes that could be subtracted from a solid block of material, to create a more complex three-dimensional form.
Made from contrasting natural and fumed oak, Rickard is a multi-functional piece that can be used as a step, seat or side-table. Key to the visual character of the design is its top and step which are darkened to complement the form, and curved for comfort, making the piece suitable for both sitting and standing. When used as a step, the curve reassuringly guides its user to its centre, and the contrasting dowls create a crown so the user can see where it is safest to stand. The duo likes the idea of the stool ageing gracefully; with more use, an attractive patina will emerge from the fumed oak.