On Tuesday I went to this beautiful exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum about the English Design Studio Heatherwick Studio. Maybe you don’t know who is Thomas Heatherwick but I’m sure you will know his work. Did you watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony? Did you like the Olympic Flame Cauldron? Well, he designed that.
This English designer shows that through a combination of imagination and materials any dream can come true.
The exhibition is amazing, with some real ‘mouth hanging open’ moments. Not only because you realise that almost everything there was comissioned, so it really happened, but also because of how he has pushed industrial design to the limit.
Objects like the Spun Chair, which is real fun or the zip bag comissioned by LongChamp, were real hits. They designed buses, newsagents, boats, bridges, as well as staircases in Paris in the LongChamp Store which look like a long ribbon. Beautiful buildings in China that come straight out of a cartoon world, a desert installation over a park to celebrate the idea of the desert in Abu Dabhi and coffee shops in Littlehampton on the South Coast of Britain (I’ve seen this one, its fantastic).
If you are in London and you work in design is a MUST see this, if you don’t work in design, go anyway, its so worth it. It is on until September 30th.
photos: Heatherwick Studio website