New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio

This exciting exhibition featuring the London-based practice Heatherwick Studio gives a unique insight into the ideas and experiments that go into realising their projects.  Demonstrating the studio’s inventive and entrepreneurial approach to design, it highlights their position at the forefront of innovation, thinking and creation, both in the UK and internationally.  


Inside Heatherwick Studio is divided into three sections ‘Thinking’, ‘Making’ and ‘Storytelling’. It presents key projects at varying scales selected from a rich and expansive portfolio of work spanning 21 years. Curated by Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts London, the exhibition explores the rigorous process of critical thinking and questioning that goes into their design process with finished projects presented alongside form and material experiments. 


Among the highlights are projects that have captured the popular imagination, including some of the UK's most original, memorable and iconic endeavours, such as the award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the New Routemaster Bus, the London 2012 Olympic Games cauldron and the new Garden Bridge across the River Thames. 


Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. At the heart of the studio’s work is a profound commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship


Supported by the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, this exhibition is part of New British Inventors, a series of films, talks, workshops and masterclasses that promotes 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.