Book of the Month // Thomas Heatherwick Making

Heatherwick Studio is a team of 180 problem solvers dedicated to making the physical world around a better place for everyone. Based out of their combined workshop and design studio in Central London, they create buildings, spaces, master-plans, objects and infrastructure. 

Focusing on large scale projects in cities all over the world, the studio prioritise those with the greatest positive social impact. Working as practical inventors with no signature style, their motivation is to design soulful and interesting places which embrace and celebrate the complexities of the real world, and our book of the month, Making, celebrates and shares some of their most interesting projects. 

The studio’s founder Thomas Heatherwick comes from a background immersed in materials and making. His curiosity and passion for problem-solving matured into the studio’s current design process where every architect, designer, landscape architect and maker is encouraged to challenge and contribute ideas. Positive and pragmatic, the studio’s team are collaborators whose role is to listen, question, then lead the conception and construction of special and unusual places. 

Ingenuity and inspiration are used to make projects that are affordable and buildable. And their client is vital, who comes on the journey and challenges their thinking, looking for the opportunities that might traditionally be overlooked. 

‘Heatherwick is Leonardo da Vinci of our times’ Sir Terence Conran.

This book is the first to present an exhaustive survey of his studio’s output to date, over 140 projects. Long in development, it was prepared in close collaboration with Heatherwick himself, offering a highly personal, in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of Heatherwick’s creative, design and manufacturing processes.

Still just two decades into his career, British designer Thomas Heatherwick has been heralded as one of the most original creative talents for many decades. 

Each project is fully illustrated and accompanied by a text explaining, in Heatherwick’s own words, the particular design challenge it posed and the creative and practical processes used to address it.

  Click here to purchase your copy.

Nicky’s World April 2018