The first retrospective publication on the work of award winning designer Thomas Heatherwick the subject of aexhibit 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 than fifteen years someprojects 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


10 thoughts on “Thomas Heatherwick: Making

  1. Caroline Caroline says:

    .I wish I was rich I wish I could buy this book as a Christmas present for everyone I know.It is humongously exciting.It s book written by one of Britain top designers and it maps the progress of him and his studio from 1990 to 2011 It details not only the projects, but the creative thinking behind the projects too The scope of the projects is extensive, from unique Christmas cards, to buildings, to chairs.and even a vulture aviary in India He strides the world with his innovative ideasI wish I was rich I wish I could buy this book as a Christmas present for everyone I know.It is humongously exciting.It s book written by one of Britain top designers and it maps the progress of him and his studio from 1990 to 2011 It details not only the projects, but the creative thinking behind the projects too The scope of the projects is extensive, from unique Christmas cards, to buildings, to chairs.and even a vulture aviary in India He strides the world with his innovative ideas.This man has a colossal imagination I don t like all of his work, but a lot of it is wonderfully thrilling, and some of it I adore He works a lot with industry, using cutting edge materials or materials from unexpected quarters, and he searches the world for the latest equipment equipment that will help him realise his extraordinary ideas His work is a wonderful example of fine art meeting technology, and the results are often exquisitely beautiful, or playful or both Herewith a few examples of his work I don t know how things work here, but I am hoping you can click on one or two of the images and get to see them better.The Seed Cathedral at the Shanghai World Expo This consisted of an installation of 60,000 acrylic rods, piercing a structure from outside to inside Inside, the end of each rod carried seeds from the Kew Gardens seed bank 250,000 seeds in total Daylight would travel down each rod to light up the seeds And here is part of the wall of seeds from inside the Seed Cathedral Close up of the Material House Sculpture, in the Science Museum in London, comprising 213 layers of different materials, fused together, then sculpted to create what looks like a serpentine geological formation, running from floor to ceiling Spun chairs, at the VA Museum in London, which can rotate and rock in three dimensions when people sit on them Tower in Colindale, London Design for a London cable car Teeside power station Christmas card All Heatherwick s intricate cards are sent through the post with the help of his local sorting office in London Christmas cards the pattern on the snowflake consists of card folded several times, and stamped with the name and address of the recipient then all the negative space has been cut out The card unfolds to make the snowflake, with just a repeating pattern of the name and address His latest venture is a work in progress a garden bridge across the River Thames in London.To get a 360 degree view of a mock up of this bridge, just click one of the pointers on the top left of the video.https www.youtube.com watch v g14XR Photography credits Seed Cathedral exterior Darren Bradley flickrhttp www.flickr.com photos 88017382Seed Cathedral interior Evan Chakroff flickrhttp www.flickr.com photos evandagaThe Materials House sculptureJoseph Hoetzl flickrhttp www.flickr.com photos josephho Spun chairsEverydaylife.style flickrhttp www.flickr.com photos everyday Tower in Colindale, London Design for a London cable car Both Christmas card picturesPhoto taken by me from book Thomas Heatherwick Making Published by Thames Hudson


  2. Antonis Moras Antonis Moras says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The book is based in a reversed chromology narrative so it is actuallyof a cv portfolio that you buy The language is simple and unfortunately the concepts not really deep but its ok Heatherwick s work seems to be really unexpected, contextless to be precise and this is why is seems to stand out The book is rich and really deserves to be read though someone will realize that there are lots of repetitions and recyclings of concepts.


  3. Minah Minah says:

    It is all about Thomas Heatherwick s experiments of shapes and materials, how to build those shapes Constantly studying materials and trying to make shapes whatever he wants are key sources to create great objects including big scales of architectures.


  4. Judy Judy says:

    Interesting book by one of Britain s top designers Full of interesting pictures and text written by Heatherwick.


  5. Lorenzo Diaz campos Lorenzo Diaz campos says:

    Se puede hacer dise o contestando preguntas Pues precisamente para Thomas Heatherwhick de eso se trata el dise o y este maravilloso monogr fico lo demuestra con gran acierto.Presentando m s de 120 proyectos, s m s de 120 este prol fico dise ador Ingl s hace alarde de su metodolog a de dise o Presentados en orden cronol gico los proyectos permiten ver la evoluci n de uno de los pilares del dise o Ingl s contempor neo y demuestran su indiscutible capacidad para innovar de una manera poco com Se puede hacer dise o contestando preguntas Pues precisamente para Thomas Heatherwhick de eso se trata el dise o y este maravilloso monogr fico lo demuestra con gran acierto.Presentando m s de 120 proyectos, s m s de 120 este prol fico dise ador Ingl s hace alarde de su metodolog a de dise o Presentados en orden cronol gico los proyectos permiten ver la evoluci n de uno de los pilares del dise o Ingl s contempor neo y demuestran su indiscutible capacidad para innovar de una manera poco com n en el mundo del dise o industrial contempor neo.Hoy en d a el estudio de Thomas es un gran equipo interdisciplinario y los encargos que recibe vienen de todas partes del mundo y muchos de ellos son de gran envergadura, pero es f cil suponer que no siempre fue as Lo que este arquitecto dise ador logra plasmar en su monogr fico es la tremenda coherencia entre lo que hizo como estudiante universitario y lo que present al mundo en la feria mundial en Shangh i, durante las olimpiadas y ahora que el nuevo autob s de dos pisos que circula por Londres.Pensar que este talentoso dise ador naci s lo en 1970 y ha recorrido un brillante camino deja ver como ha sido productivo Algo es seguro, Heatherwhick ha contestado muchas preguntas y vaya que ha dado las respuestas correctas


  6. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    An extraordinary collection of innovation and ingenuity from one of Britain s foremost contemporary designers Deftly factual and inspirational.


  7. Lorrainel Lorrainel says:

    Was so inspired by the V A exhibition that I bought this massive tome Have been dreaming about rolling bridges and extruded bench seats Stunning and beautiful and useful Was so inspired by the V A exhibition that I bought this massive tome Have been dreaming about rolling bridges and extruded bench seats Stunning and beautiful and useful


  8. Natereads Natereads says:

    A great seed of inspiration for the creative minds.