b. 1970, lives in London
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Thomas Heatherwick has produced a startling twist on conventional furniture design: a functional chair formed from a single profile rotated through 360 degrees. Spun displays Heatherwick’s flair for challenging rules and teasingly plays with the notion of a static piece of sculpture becoming a playful piece of design. When up- right Spun is a sculptural vessel and it is only when it is lent on its side that the playful possibilities of its form come to light. Spun allows the sitter to swivel in a circular rocking motion, including being able to rotate in a complete circle.
Spun has won one of the design world’s supreme accolades, the 2014 ADI Compasso d’Oro Award.
d88 x h65 cm
About the Artist
Thomas Heatherwick is one of the UK’s most prolific designers, whose varied work over two decades is characterised by its originality, inventiveness and humanity.
Defying conventional classifications, Thomas founded his studio in 1994 to bring together architecture, urban planning, product design and interiors into a single creative workspace. Working across multiple scales, locations and typologies, Heatherwick Studio has developed into a team of over 200 makers and inventors with no signature style. Led by human experience rather than any fixed dogma, the studio creates emotionally compelling places and objects with the smallest possible climate shadow.
From their base in London, the studio team is currently working on over 30 projects in ten countries, including Azabudai Hills, a six-hectare mixed-use development in the centre of Tokyo, the new headquarters for Google in London (in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group) and Airo, an electric car that cleans the air as it drives.
The studio has also recently completed Bay View, Google’s first ground-up campus and Little Island, a park and performance space on the Hudson River in New York as well as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town; and Coal Drops Yard, a major new retail district in King’s Cross, London. Thomas’ new book, Humanise, was published by Penguin in October of this year.
Thomas has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize, and, in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. In202, Thomas was awarded the RIBA Lubetkin Prize and the London Design Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design. In 2013 Thomas was awarded a CBE for his services to the design industry.
Recognition and Prizes
Heatherwick Studio has won more than 100 international awards for design excellence, including the Prix Versailles and the RIBA National Awards. Some of the most recent include:
RICS Award China 2022 – Construction Project of the Year – 1000 Trees
Prix Versailles Regional winner for Asia 2022 – 1000 Trees
Architizer A+ Awards 2022, Public Parks & Green Spaces Category – Little Island
Dezeen Awards 2022, Landscape project of the year and public vote winner – Little Island
Innovation by Design Awards 2022 (Fast Company) – Little Island
ENR Global Best Project Award 2022 for Project of the Year and Best Office 2022– Google Bay View
Civic Trust Award 2021 – Maggie’s Centre, Leeds
Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award 2021 – Maggie’s Centre, Leeds
2021 SARA NY Award for Innovation in Civic Work – Little Island, New York City
CTBUH Award 2020 Best Tall Building 100m-199m – Eden, Singapore
RIBA National Award 2019 – Coal Drops Yard, London
World Architecture Festival 2019 – Coal Drops Yard, London; and Vessel, New York City
Prix Versailles 2019 – Coal Drops Yard, London
Civic Trust Award 2019 – Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town