The first exhibition to introduce the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio to an American audience, “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” debuted at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in September 2014 and is currently on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through May 24. The show will move to New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where it will be on view from June 26 through November 1, 2015.
Heatherwick Studio’s work ranges from small and temporary structures to large-scale architectural projects in the United Kingdom, United States, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Singapore, and China, as well as furniture designs, products, and infrastructure. The studio’s 3-D, iterative design process is presented through models, prototypes, mock-ups, renderings, photographs, and video footage.
Projects featured in the exhibition, curated by Brooke Hodge, deputy director of Cooper Hewitt, include images and mock-ups of the U.K. Pavilion, known as the Seed Cathedral, which was designed for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Also on view is a mock-up of the redesign of London’s double-decker buses, the cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games torch, and handbags designed by Heatherwick Studio for Longchamp. In the Hammer Museum’s courtyard, visitors can take a spin in the rotation-molded Spun Chair that Heatherwick designed for Magis.