Heal's Discovers Project: The Bisley Suite by Plant & Moss
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. Mies van de Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Robin and Lucienne Day are just a few of the legends we’ve attracted in the past. Today, we continue to work with major names like Philippe Starck, Tom Dixon, Orla Kiely, John Reeves and Matthew Hilton often with designs that are exclusive to Heal’s.
You’d imagine with this kind of heritage, we might be tempted to rest on our laurels. Far from it. We’re as passionate today as we’ve always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design.
We believe exceptional talent needs nurturing, which is why each year we showcase the work of the best up-and-coming furniture and homeware designers in our Heal’s Discovers collection.
Heal's July 2012
Plant & Moss first met the Heal's team in September 2011 at The Tramshed where we were exhibiting for the London Design Festival; subsequently Heals selected us to participate in the Heal's Discovers project. We presented designs for the project and proposed an upholstered range consisting of a loveseat and sofas.
Two things led us to design the Bisley Suite, firstly that we wanted to design something we had yet to design and secondly, with our strong desire to utilise and celebrate British-based manufacture, upholstery was a strong and viable option.
We created initial mood-boards for the project - these showed a clear desire to create a design that possessed a sense of Britishness to it, along with a heritage feeling. The boards included several images of products that have leather used beside woolen tweed fabrics - shooting jackets with leather patches on the elbows and shoulders, a tweed satchel with leather shoulder strap and an image of a couple, in country attire, sat upon a woolen plaid blanket.
These mood boards had a clear influence on the outcome, with its short leather arms and traditional woolen fabric seat and back. The Bisley Suite is made to the highest standards using quality materials - woolen fabrics are sourced from a traditional British mill which was founded in the 1830s, tactile leather envelops the arms and the range is wholly manufactured in Britain.
At Plant & Moss we like to maintain a playful element to our designs and this is something that can be seen through the proportions of the Bisley loveseat and sofa, the arms are shorter than might be expected and the seat deeper; this provides the user with a relaxed setting where they can comfortably sit, recline, snuggle and feel at home.