British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been hailed as a genius for the uniquely inventive nature of his work. Trained at London's Royal College of Art, Heatherwick's practice encompasses projects ranging in scale from very small to monumental, from products to public sculpture to architecture.
Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio examines the astonishing range of the studio’s practice by focusing on the design concepts behind small products such as the handbag designed for Longchamp and his rotation-molded "Spun" chairs, as well as large public and private architectural projects in the U.K., U.S., Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Singapore, and China. These include the U.K. Pavilion—known as the Seed Cathedral at the 2010 World Expo; a new distillery for Bombay Sapphire gin; a Learning Hub for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; and a contemporary art museum created within a historic grain silo, among many other exciting projects. Heatherwick Studio is recognized for its inventive approach to design, often combining novel engineering with new materials and innovative technology to create unusual, often sculptural, building forms.
Organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Provocations is curated by Brooke Hodge, deputy director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The Hammer’s presentation is overseen by curator Aram Moshayedi.
The Hammer Museum's presentation is made possible in partnership with Burberry. Additional support is provided by The Brotman Foundation of California, Lewis Baskerville, Ronnie Sassoon, and Helen and Sam Zell. Media sponsorship is provided by KCRW 89.9FM. Special thanks to Herman Miller and Bombay Sapphire Gin.