Designing the Extraordinary / Heatherwick Studio

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Today we had the chance of attending the opening of this impressive exhibition. As we mentioned previously some weeks ago, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London prepared this event focused on the work of the British firm Heatherwick Studio, responsable for the last Shanghai 2010 British Pavilion, as well as the Rolling Bridge, or the New Bus for London that was just released in the 38 route. The exhibition comprises a large range of different scales of design, going from specific objects or furniture, to large infrastructural and urban projects. It will be open for the public from next Thursday 31st.

This exhibition will be the first ever major retrospective on the work of , one of the most exciting creative practitioners working in the UK today. 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.

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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.

© Heatherwick Studio

After completing his MA at the Royal College of Art, Heatherwick established the Studio in 1994, as a space in which to produce extraordinary projects. Rejecting conventional classifications, Heatherwick and his team explore the thresholds between standard design categories. Celebrating the pure joy of creating 3-dimensional forms, the Heatherwick studio has earned an international reputation for creating stunning and ingenious works that span a breathtaking array of disciplines: from architecture, furniture, product design and fashion, to engineering, sculpture, transport and urban planning.

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The team’s work to date includes a spinning chair, a rolling bridge, an expandable zip bag, a power station, an ‘endless’ bench, an Olympic cauldron and a brand new bus for London.

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© Daniel Portilla
© Daniel Portilla

The exhibition will be open until 30 September 2012

The Porter Gallery
Room 48
(Admission charge will apply)

The is located at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Cite: "Designing the Extraordinary / Heatherwick Studio" 29 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>

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    Thank you for this for those of us who can’t cross the Atlantic to see this exhibition for ourselves. Such amazing objects. BC

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