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New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio

by Sophie Cullen on Aug 31, 2015 in Lifestyle
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Garden Bridge, London. Evening view of Garden Bridge | Image courtsey: Arup, 2014

Garden Bridge, London. Evening view of Garden Bridge | Image courtsey: Arup, 2014

The British Council, together with the GREAT Britain campaign and PMQ, present a major exhibition, New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio throughout September 

The exhibition, focusing on design firm Heatherwick Studio, aims to promote British design and creativity throughout Asia, and will be on display in PMQ from 5 – 23 September 2015. It is launched as part of New British Inventors, a series of films, talks, workshops and masterclasses that will promote the best in British design, architecture, engineering, fashion, technology, industrial design, furniture and transport design in some of the world's most important established and emerging markets.

'New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio' will be split into three sections: 'Thinking', 'Making' and 'Storytelling' presenting key projects, large and small, selected from a rich and expansive portfolio of work spanning 21 years. Curated by Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the exhibition explores their rigorous process of critical thinking and questioning, with finished projects shown alongside experiments with form and materials.

Pacific Place, Hong Kong. Aerial rooftop view during construction | Image courtesy: Heatherwick Studio, 2011

Pacific Place, Hong Kong. Aerial rooftop view during construction | Image courtesy: Heatherwick Studio, 2011

The London-based Heatherwick Studio approaches each project with the same spirit of invention that informs a new wave of British designers. The exhibition gives a unique insight into the ideas and experiments that go into realising the studio's projects. It demonstrates the studio's collaborative and dedicated approach to design, and positions it at the forefront of innovation both in the UK and internationally.

Selected highlights will include process models and full-size construction pieces from Pacific Place, Hong Kong (2011); a new model of the UK Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo (2010), which was originally made up of 60,000 clear acrylic rods, each measuring 7.5m long; and a model and film of the Olympic Cauldron, London (2012), a collection of copper pieces, one for each of the 204 participating countries, carried in to the stadium with the teams during the Opening Ceremony.

New Bus for London. New Bus in front of Tower Bridge | Image by Iwan Baan, 2014

New Bus for London. New Bus in front of Tower Bridge | Image by Iwan Baan, 2014

Details

Venue: QUBE, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Date: 5 – 23 September 2015
Opening hours: Daily from 12:00 – 20:00

 

 

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