The exhibition spans the rich variety of disciplines covered by Heatherwick Studio, including architecture, engineering, transport, urban planning, furniture, sculpture and product design. On display are preparatory drawings, full-scale material fragments and maquettes for architectural achievements and proposals such as the East Beach Café, Littlehampton (2007), the design for Longchamp store, New York (2006) and the Teesside biomass-fuelled power station, UK. The collection of contextual photographs, models, prototypes, and material fragments on display also offer an insight into the studio’s design processes and their curiosity for materials, engineering and fabrication.
Thomas Heatherwick studied 3D design in Manchester followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. He established his own studio in 1994 and since then he has worked with an extensive range of design disciplines. His work reveals a fascination for the possibilities of expanding the fluid qualities of materials into design and architecture. Heatherwick’s creativity and ingenuity have earned him numerous design awards including the Prince Philip Designers Prize (2006), the London Design Medal (2010), the RIBA
Lubetkin Prize (2010) for the UK Pavilion and in 2004 he became the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
The exhibition is part of the V&A’s British Design Season and compliments the major exhibition 'British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age'. It will be open to the public every day between 31 May and 30 September 2012.
|New Bus for London (2011) © Iwan Baan|
|Pacific Place, Hong Kong (2011) © Iwan Baan|
|Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin, London (2004) © Steve Speller|
|Teeside Power Station, Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside (2011) © Heatherwick Studio|
|UK Pavilion Seed Cathedral, Shanghai Expo China (2010) © Iwan Baan|
|Vents, St Pauls, London (2002) © David Balhuizen|
|Bleigiessen, Wellcome Trust London (2005) © Steve Speller|
|Extrusions, Haunch of Venison Gallery, London (2009) © Peter Mallet|
All images © V&A, except where specified otherwise