Thomas Heatherwick Wins London Design Award
UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010
The London Design Medal is given to a designer who has made a significant contribution to design and London having achieved international acclaim for their work. This year, Thomas Heatherwick has been awarded the Medal.
Plank, Manufactured by Benchmark Furniture, UK
Ben Evans, Festival Director said about Thomas:
"Thomas Heatherwick is a designer who defies definition whether he is working in in the fields of architecture, product design, sculpture and urban planning. He has developed a considerable reputation for his practice, creating a range of extraordinary objects and buildings; from rolling bridges to seaside cafes to spinning chairs. His stunning British Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo demonstrates to the world that British design is innovative, creative and good for business."
Twisted Cabinet, Manufactured by Benchmark Furniture, UK
Thomas Heatherwick commented:
"It’s a huge honour and a great surprise to be given the London Design Medal. London is the city I was born and brought up in; an endlessly exciting mish-mash of a place that inspires me and my team in the projects we do."
The eighth London Design Festival, which runs until Sunday 26 September, reinforces London’s pre-eminence as the world’s capital of design. Today, UK designers are firmly at the forefront of national consciousness and their influence is felt around the world. A glance at the global leaders in design will reveal many a Brit, such as Jonathan Ive at Apple, Jasper Morrison, Paul Priestman, Peter Saville and Tom Dixon… to name but a few. There is no doubt that the country remains abundant with creativity in all areas, from fashion to furniture, from digital technology to graphic design.