360 Speaker Series: Thomas Heatherwick

Designer

September 13, 2014

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been hailed as a genius, lauded by Paul Goldberger in The New Yorker for the uniquely inventive nature of his work, and praised by esteemed designer Sir Terence Conran as “the next Leonardo da Vinci” for the uniquely inventive nature of his work.

The Nasher’s ongoing speaker series features conversations and lectures on the ever-expanding definition of sculpture and the minds behind some of the world’s most innovative artwork, architecture, and design.  

Trained as a designer at London’s Royal College of Arts, Heatherwick’s practice encompasses projects ranging in scale from very small to monumental, from products to public sculpture to architecture. Heatherwick is recognized for his highly inventive approach to design, often combining novel engineering with new materials and innovative technology to create unusual, often sculptural, building forms.

Heatherwick speaks in conjunction with the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, organized by guest curator Brooke Hodge for the Nasher Sculpture Center.

“At the root of everything I do is a fascination with ideas – what ideas are for, what jobs they do. An interest in ideas is a sign of human life. People are fascinated by what the future is going to be – and the future is going to be an accumulation of ideas.” –Thomas Heatherwick

Sponsors

Support for the 360 series is underwritten in part by Sylvia Hougland, in honor of her husband, Curtis Hougland.

Media Partner: Glasstire

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio is generously sponsored by the following foundations, corporations and individuals: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The Beck Group, Betty and Gerard Regard, Michael Corman and Kevin Fink, Charlene and Tom Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Rose III, Catherine and William Rose, and Cindy and Armond Schwartz. Additional in-kind support has been provided by Herman Miller.