Illustrators design bold patterns for Heal's first modern fabric line

London-based furniture store Heals has released its first fabric collection since the 1970s, and some our favourite illustrators and designers from illustration-as-art label Outline Artists have created patterns for it.


Hvass&Hannibal, Malika Favre and Petra Börner have produced some particularly striking prints that draw on natural themes for Heals first fabric collection in almost 40 years – though the looks range from Malika’s stylised graphics to Petra’s vintage-feeling bold blocks of colour to H&H’s delicate fronds.

Fabric featuring the patterns costs £45 a metre, and they’re also available on the Heals 1810 line of homewares (named after the year the company was founded). This includes the cushions, round and tea trays, and notebooks shown here – plus aprons and oven gloves.

The illustrators were commissioned through Outline Artists.

The fabric collection also includes new designs by Cressida Bell, Emily Patrick, Paul Vogel, Ottilie Stevenson, and archive patterns from Zandra Rhodes and Diana Bloomfield.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of what Hvass&Hannibal, Malika Favre and Petra Börner.

Right: the Peacock Flower pattern by Malika Favre

Outline Artists says that Malika Favre's Peacock Flower pattern (right, on a notebook) is a bold, geometric interpretation of a floral theme. Malika took the form of a peacock as the basis for the colourful abstract pattern, inspired by the peacocks wandering in the grounds of the hotel she stayed at on a recent trip to the French Riviera.


Right: Malika Favre's Peacock Flower pattern on a cushion.

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Outline Artists says that Hvass&Hannibal's Herbarium pattern (right) takes the forest as its main theme and the pattern depicts flowers, clusters of leaves and branches in a style reminiscent of pressed flower samples (hence the name).


Right: Another element of Hvass&Hannibal's Herbarium pattern on a round tray.


Right: Hvass&Hannibal's Herbarium pattern on a cushion

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Outline Artists says that Lady Jane by Petra Börner (right) is designed to resemble a scattered bouquet of rough cuts from the garden. The idea was derived from horticultural images in vintage books.


Right: Lady Jane by Petra Börner on a cushion.


Right: Malika Favre's Peacock Flower pattern on a round tray.

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