As part of London's Cultural Olympiad celebrating British design, the V&A presents a retrospective of Thomas Heatherwick, an innovative engineer and designer and one of the most exciting creative personalities of the present day UK.
Dubbed by Sir Terence Conran "Leonardo Da Vinci of our times", Thomas Heatherwick is one of the most influential figures on the current British design scene. As an unsurpassed innovator and a generator of ideas, he is a winner of Prince Philip's Designers Prize, the London Design Medal and other significant awards, including a title of Wallpaper* Magazine's Designer 2011.
He formed Heatherwick Studio in 1994 at the age of 24 as a laboratory for his extraordinary projects. The studio celebrates joy of creating, its main ambition being to challenge any conventional approach in usage of materials and doing things. It conjures up breathtaking pieces in most diverse disciplines - from architecture, furniture design, product design, fashion, sculpture, to engineering, transportation and urban planning.
One of the most prominent Thomas Heatherwick's projects is UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010, the so called Seed Cathedral. The gigantic construction that resembles a fuzzy hedgehog is formed from tens of thousands of transparent fiber optic rods, containing plant seeds on their tips and its fragments are featured also at this exhibition.
Among other Heatherwich Studio projects are a brand new bus for London, a curling bridge (Rolling Bridge, London, 2004), East Beach Cafe on Littlehampton's seafront (2007), livening up this half-forgotten beach area, Longchamp fashion store in New York and many more.
The exhibition's layout has been designed by the studio itself and it has 150 objects on its display, accompanied by contextual video and photographic materials, telling the story of their creation. The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into one of the world's current day most innovative design workshops.
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