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- Publisher: Monacelli Press
- Format: Hardback | 600 pages
- Dimensions: 220mm x 252mm x 54mm | 567g
- Publication date: 22 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1580933343
- ISBN 13: 9781580933346
- Edition statement: Firsttion ed.
- Illustrations note: 800
- Sales rank: 154,722
The first retrospective publication on the work of award-winning designer Thomas Heatherwick (the subject of a 2012 exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum) offers an in-depth look at all aspects of the innovator's creative, design, and manufacturing processes. Heatherwick is known as one of the greatest innovators of our era, and for the first time, this publication provides an inside look at the creation and development of his projects. It answers the one question always asked of Heatherwick's work: How did he do that? The book covers the studio's complete output over more than fifteen years--some 170 projects--including designs large and small: zippered bags that can be expanded to five times their size, a bridge that rolls open and closed, the in-progress one-million-square-foot mall in Hong Kong and glass bridge in London.
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THOMAS HEATHERWICK holds a degree in three-dimensional design from the Royal College of Art, London, and established Heatherwick Studio in 1994. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the recipient of honorary doctorates from four British universities. He was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize and, in 2006, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
"Thomas Heatherwick doesn't do ordinary. Commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge in his home city of London, he built a structure that rolls into a wheel to make way for passing boats. For a Longchamp boutique in New York, he fashioned a curvaceous 55-ton staircase with fabriclike glass balustrades. And amid the dizzying array of pavilions at Shanghai's Expo 2010, his Seed Cathedral stole the show--its bristling 60,000 seed-tipped optical rods gently swaying in the wind. Already known as an innovator in the design world, the 42-year-old Royal College of Art graduate is due to reach even greater heights this spring. His studio's work will be the subject of a Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition opening in late May (with an accompanying monograph from the Monacelli Press), just as his reimagined version of London's double-decker bus starts to fill the city's streets. And at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony--an extravaganza directed by Danny Boyle--it will be a Heatherwick-designed cauldron holding the flame aloft." --"Architectural Digest"