Decorated cats on Heal’s Cat Design Trail

Heal's Cat trailCats – that’s a good start. Elegant elongated cats and a spiral staircase to boot – even better. Heal’s in Tottenham Court Road know this. They’ve had a cat guarding their Cecil Brewer staircase since 1916, a slim elegant feline perched on a window ledge surveying all that passes. Now, to celebrate the staircase’s centenary, they’ve commissioned ten designers to decorate replicas of their cat, and the results couldn’t be more different.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

The original is a pure black cat, dark against the light that floods through the windows, an enigmatic feline with a superior air.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

The new cats are different – colourful, witty, surprising and cool by turns.

Japanese designer Ikuko Iwamoto has given her cat a decorative neck piece made from old telephone flexes and gold edged ceramics.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Squint has covered the cat in irregularly shaped fabric patches, making it the most colourful and tactile of the collection.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Printmaker Cressida Bell’s design, intricately painted in black and gold, is my second favourite in the collection. The Egyptian eyes give it character and life.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Donna Wilson’s cat is hand painted in blue and gold and has a sweetly naive expression.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Rachel Cave’s design is covered in flower and thistle shapes inspired by mid-century fabrics.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Ceramicist Mia Sarosi hand painted her cat using her signature Octopus design.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Sunny Todd’s cat is in stark black and white.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Ora Kiely’s cat is decorated with one of her characteristic retro-inspired prints.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Louise Lockhart uses everyday items like teapots and armchairs to give her blue and white cat a folk art appeal.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Zoe Bradley has covered her cat in hundreds of painstakingly applied petals with a pearlescent glow and decorated it with flowers. The texture and originality of this cat make it my favourite of the collection.

Heal's Cat Design Trail

Heal's Cat Design Trail

All the cats will be auctioned on 8th December in aid of the Great Ormond St Hospital Kiss it Better appeal.

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