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Vietnamese-made table chosen as one of the 100 iconic designs of the century

15-May-2017


The 1938 Heal’s furniture extension building at at Tottenham Court Road, London. It was designed by Sir Edward Maufe. Ron Ellis/Shutterstock

Al Gerard de la Cruz

A table made in Vietnam has joined an edit of the 100 most iconic designs sold over the past century by legendary British furniture and furnishing store chain Heal’s.

The Louis Black Lacquer Console Table, manufactured by Ho Chi Minh City-based practice Reeves Design, is included in the Heal’s 100, an ongoing exhibition in London curated by Magnus Englund, founding director of furniture line Skandium and director of the Isokon Gallery Trust.

John Reeves, the practice’s founder and a judge at the 2017 Vietnam Property Awards, is “honoured to be selected” for the curation by the 200-year-old furniture store.

Reeves’ creation “reflects the early 2000’s trend for contemporary furniture with classical attributes,” Heal’s stated in an online description of the item. The black lacquer table surface and its external right angles feature clean and sharp lines, with references to classic French furniture on the legs’ period detailing.

To pare down the selection, Englund consulted key personalities at the storied company, including Oliver Heal, the last Heal family member running the company. He also visited the Heal’s archive, which has been held by the V&A since the 1980s at Blythe house, an 1899 building that formerly housed the Post Office Savings Bank.

“That was one of the greatest days in my life, going through all those documents, drawings and folders to see who they communicated with and which designers and manufacturers they were in touch with around the world,” Englund said.

Heal’s 100 runs from 8 May to 11 June in the chain’s historic Tottenham Court Road building.


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