The Heal's Building has been such a fixture on Tottenham Court Road - since 1818, in fact - that most people have probably stopped noticing it. I know I had, having first seen it at the age of seventeen and then not seeing the building's details again for a long, long time. Until last week, actually, which is when I was delighted by the wonderful tiles which illustrate the manufacture and supply of household and domestic goods.
There are lovely, bouncy coiled springs and huge needles for upholstery, awls and special tools whose names I do not know for making chairs, mattress filling and more spiral springs for bedding, sheets plus folded and rolled textiles, and elegant and simple pottery and glass, all with large capital Hs for Heal's.
The tile tableaux run along two sides of the 1961-62 extension designed by Fitzroy Robinson & Partners and enliven what is otherwise a very minimal but stylish Sixties facade, and of course they are in teal which, as far as I can see, is the colour of the decade (it's on so many buildings of that decade).
Really worth a squiz.