Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary

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Vents, St. Pauls, London, UK, 2002, by Heatherwick Studio
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Heatherwick Studio - Designing the Extraordinary
A survey of Heatherwick Studio projects from the past two decades, spanning architecture, sculpture, engineering, furniture and product design. On show are some 150 objects including prototypes, models and finished pieces by the design practice established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, along with contextual photographs. The objects are arranged as a series of themed clusters that illustrate interrelated ideas and contain film footage and audio clips of Heatherwick discussing the back stories of the projects on show. Heatherwick Studio has worked on a number of high-profile commissions including the East Beach Café in Littlehampton, The 'Rolling Bridge' in Paddington Basin, the 'New Bus for London' and, most recently, the Olympic cauldron. Recent additions to the exhibition are a 1:10 scale model of Heatherwick's flamin' brilliant design for the cauldron (codenamed 'Betty'), along with a model of one of its 204 copper 'petals'.
Event website: http://www.vam.ac.uk