For the first time, the Victoria & Albert Museum has dedicated a solo exhibition exploring the work of Heatherwick Studio, one of the most inventive and experimental design studios practising in Britain today.
A wide variety of projects conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his studio will be showcased at the event. This includes over 150 objects, from an original seed-tipped rod from the UK Pavilion Seed Cathedral at Shanghai World Expo (2010) to a detail of the new London double-decker bus at full-scale (2012).
Overall, the exhibition will examine two decades of projects, from examples of Thomas Heatherwick's exploratory student work through to the architectural commissions which have earned the studio its international reputation and their most current projects to date.
"We are delighted to be showing the first solo exhibition of the work of Thomas Heatherwick and his studio. He is an extremely exciting and forward thinking contemporary designer whose work spans a fascinating breadth of disciplines. He is constantly challenging us with his ideas and pushing boundaries in art and design," said Professor Martin Roth, Director of the V&A.
The exhibition will be designed by Heatherwick Studio and will span the disciplines of architecture, engineering, transport and urban planning to furniture, sculpture and product design.
Preparatory drawings, full-scale material fragments and maquettes for larger-scale architectural achievements such as the East Beach Café, Littlehampton (2007), the design for Longchamp fashion store, New York UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, photograph by Iwan Baan (2006) and the Teesside biomass-fuelled power station, U.K., will be displayed.
These will be shown alongside test models, photographs and complete pieces for smaller projects like the glass Bleigiessen installation for the Welcome Trust (2005), the pedestrian Rolling Bridge in Paddington Basin, London (2004) and the aluminium Extrusions (2009).
Catch a glimpse of the exclusive exhibition at the V&A Museum: