The business of creativity runs through the blood of designer, Thomas Heatherwick. His grandmother established Marks and Spencer’s first textile studio, his aunt, Claire Tomalin is an esteemed biographer, his mother is a collector and dealer of fine beads and his father studied at the Royal College of Music.
After studying at the Royal college of Art, he caught the eye of design legend, Terrence Conran who describes him as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’. Conran assisted him in his final degree project by lending him the garden of his Berkshire home, Barton Court. This successful project and the backing of the great design mogul understandably generated a great deal of interest and new business for Heatherwick. The rest, as they say, is history. Heatherwick has been the recipient of the Prince Philip Designers Prize and the London Design Medal, and in 2004 became the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
Heatherwick studio has some serious design kudos and their visionary projects are breathtaking to say the least. A showcase of these projects will be exhibited at the V&A between 31st May and 30th September. May will be a busy month for the talented Mr Heatherwick who will also be releasing a new book, simply titled, Making.
“At the heart of his Studio’s practice is a profound commitment to elegant, integrated design solutions and the absolute dedication to materials, research, prototyping, industrial collaboration, tactility, texture – and above all, extraordinary form-making”
We will most definitely be heading down London way to enjoy the exhibition and to be inspired by the wonder of his incredible range of projects, from the spinning chair to the Seed Cathedral.
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