The stylish Heal’s Brunel range is an exciting, covetable collection of contemporary furniture for small spaces. Designed by Rob Scarlett, who was named Young Designer of the Year at the 2003 New Design Britain awards, the Brunel furniture range is hugely popular – and it’s easy to see why.
Setting industrial style against mid-century Scandinavian design, the pieces are incredibly versatile and so easy to fit into any number of contemporary interiors. And then there’s the materials – beautifully grained American oak or tailored upholstery have been teamed with dark, powder-coated steel legs. But it’s as extremely well-designed and well-made furniture for small spaces that the Brunel furniture collection really comes into its own.
Its petite proportions are designed to be practical as well as good-looking in compact, modern living spaces, whilst the tubular steel elements lend the pieces a visual openness and airiness that’s so important in smaller rooms where heavy, chunky lines just don’t work.
The Heal’s Brunel range started out as a capsule collection of bedroom furniture, but now also embraces living, dining and home office small space living solutions.
We need furniture for small spaces to be versatile and multi-functional, and the Brunel collection delivers on both. The Brunel Hanging Rail, for example, shown above, is ideal for a small bedroom where there’s no room for a wardrobe – or if you just don’t want to buy bulky furniture. Hanging rails are the perfect alternatives to wardrobes and are also ideal for hallways and guest bedrooms.
The versatile Brunel Stool can be used as a dining seat, dressing table stool, side table or bedside table. To make it more comfortable as a seat, there’s also a stylish, tailored grey cushion with straps to hold it in place.
The gorgeous Brunel Bed was my first introduction to the range, and it was love at first sight when I saw it in a Heal’s store a couple of years ago. Also on the lust-have list went the neat and compact Brunel Lean-To Side Table. Since then, many more pieces have been added to the bedroom range, including chests of drawers with finely proportioned spindle handles that add to the mid-century look so perfectly.
Another versatile piece that I love is the Brunel Coffee Table/AV Unit, pictured above as bedroom furniture. The basic table has the option of adding the Brunel Shelf (sold separately).
It can then be used anywhere in the house as a low table with added storage or could also double up as a bench for sitting on.
To finish, a quick look at the Brunel Sofa – neat and compact comfortable seating for smaller living rooms. As outlined in our Top 10 Sofas for Small Spaces, it’s the depth of sofas that’s really important for small rooms, and the Brunel Sofa measures 90 cm deep. That’s compact enough to be practical but still deep enough for a comfortable sit.
So, this was a whirlwind tour of just some of the pieces from the Heal’s Brunel range. Do take a look at the rest as it really is the best of all worlds – contemporary furniture for small spaces that’s well designed, beautifully crafted and will stand the test of time.