Residents of Westborne Park were recently treated to a guided tour through Heal’s past present and future designers via the iconic British brand’s partnership with two very different interiors experts who created two unique window installations in their store.
Both installations, created by interiors journalist and writer Kate Watson-Smyth and interiors stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley, showcase two very different styles in two very different rooms. For Kate, a self-confessed ‘monochrome maximalist’, it was all about creating a relaxed living space complete with opulent fabrics, while Tiffany re-made her personal workspace in imitable Scandi style.
Both women were passionate that their installations should reflect both the breadth of twentieth century British design, and the actual interior of a working home. ‘There’s definitely a correlation between what’s happening in the world and trends,’ says Kate. ‘I think we’ll continue to see that urge to nest – lots of cosy textures and warm colours. So it was important to be honest about my space, who might live in it and who was going to use it. I wanted there to be the sense that you could come up and sit in the window at Heal’s, or as if whoever lived there had just got up for a second to go into another room.’
Tiffany noted an evolving trend that ‘within minimalism as well we’re seeing more colour. Contemporary brands have used that monochrome palette of grey, black and white with maybe a hint of dusty pink for a few years now. I still love it but colour doesn’t define the style anymore. Minimalism is more of a lifestyle choice – less clutter to give yourself more physical and mental space.’
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