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Thomas Heatherwick: Making [Paperback]

Thomas Heatherwick , Maisie Rowe
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13 May 2013
An instant sellout on first publication, this volume has been expanded to include Thomas Heatherwicks magnificent Olympic cauldron. Written in close collaboration with the designer himself, the book offers a highly personal, in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at all aspects of his creative, design and manufacturing processes. Each of the more than 140 fully illustrated projects is accompanied by a text explaining, in Heatherwicks words, the design question it posed and the creative and practical processes used to address it. Projects are organized chronologically and bookended by an introduction setting out the studios philosophy and a reference section.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Revised edition edition (13 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500290938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500290934
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 21 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thrilling design compendium. --The Guardian

There should be room in every household for this beautifully produced collection of projects by Thomas Heatherwick ... a cornucopia of inspiration that proves research can be fascinating and designing is fun ... Through it all the personality and imagination of Thomas Heatherwick shines clearly --RIAS Quarterly

Glossy ... aglow with images and passionate commentary from Heatherwick himself ... a triumph: an adventure into the mind of one of the industry's most captivating designers well worth the hours you will lose within its pages. --World Architecture News

It's a detailed tour around more than 140 of Heatherwick's ingenious projects, from Christmas cards to the Seed Cathedral. --Crafts

Glossy … aglow with images and passionate commentary from Heatherwick himself …
a triumph: an adventure into the mind of one of the industry's most captivating designers well worth the hours you will lose within its pages --World Architecture News

It's a detailed tour around more than 140 of Heatherwick's ingenious projects, from Christmas cards to the Seed Cathedral. --Crafts

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 7 Jun 2013
By BJB
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I saw this book at a friend's house and started to flick through it. Four hours later I was still there - absolutely riveted by creative skill and ingenuity of the designer and his studio colleagues. It's wonderfully accessible, with each design given a single page (with a few exceptions) and clear photographic representation. The text is very simple and engaging - 'we had this remit/problem/challenge and we wondered if we could do THIS' - and then a description of how the challenge was undertaken. What's fabulous is that the designs range from tiny Christmas trinkets to magnificent international architectural wonders. Each is rightly given the same weight and simple, beautiful treatment. I stopped for lunch, then went back to the book. I had to read every single page. Then when I'd finished it, I ordered it as a gift for a friend. I hope she takes the hint and gives one back to me! If you love beautiful design and beautiful minds, you will treasure this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 16 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
I was made aware of Thomas Heatherwick, like so many people, by virtue of his Olympic Cauldron. I was reacquainted with him thanks to a BBC documentary in which he and Joanna Lumley discussed a project to build a 'bridge garden' across the Thames. I was taken by Thomas's logical yet lateral thinking approach to so many projects and thought this book would be great for an architecturally minded friend. Unfortunately the book never made it on to the friend and is still being enjoyed by me. Rather in the manner of that tv documentary the book's approach does much to illuminate the way Thomas looks at a problem and sees it as an opportunity, and opportunity to be bold and innovative. But it's also interesting to see how in many of his projects he has not been innovative for innovations' sake but rather how a commission leads to a train of thought that delivers something more substantial and more positively provocative than the original brief might suggest. Reading - and looking at - that process is where this book really succeeds.
Just a quick postscript. There are two versions of this book listed. Make sure you go for the newer one - with the flash on the cover - which includes details of the Olympic Cauldron project. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 1 Sep 2013
By Charlie
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I'd expected it'd be a 'coffee table' book, but my daughter was doing a project inspired by a couple of the heatherwick studio designs, so I got it her. It is so much better than I expected & she has devoured it & found so much more to inspire her in it. btw, we don't have a coffee table...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as expected 9 Jun 2013
By Barbara
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I was waiting to buy the book in order to find an offer: here it is! I saved 10£ and the book is even upload to Heatherwick's Olympic project. Whatelse? His projects are so various and so interesting..and there is a perfect balance between great images and interesting texts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book of design and photography 2 Sep 2013
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Thomas Heatherwick must surely be the 21st century equivalent to Leonardo!
A brilliant book to dip into to marvel at the innovative ideas and successes of this creative genius.
Easy to read with wonderful photography. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy. 2 Sep 2013
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Brilliant man.Brilliant and beautiful book.Worth every penny.
Do get hold of this book which is just full of the author's wonderful creativity,with great illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flooding of extraordinary ideas! 19 July 2013
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Every project and every page in the book shows you how a genius is playing with the problem and solved it with extraordinary idea !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 18 July 2013
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I ordered this book as a present. It arrived on time and in perfect condition. It is a beautiful book about the works of the man who designed the Olympic flame in London 2012
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book about a 3D genius
Published 1 month ago by WALKES1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing work
Published 1 month ago by happy duster
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book.
I am bowled over by the talent of Thomas Heatherwick and his studio. The range of ideas and the inspirational projects - what a creative group they are. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Mynett
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
A work of non-fiction that is impossible to put down. The ideas buzzing about, the invention in solving seemingly impossible questions and the pure beauty of the solutions in this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Fascinating collection of photos of the studio's creations. Particularly like the early works such as Christmas cards. Gave it to my sister for Christmas but tempted to keep it.
Published 7 months ago by mwaters
4.0 out of 5 stars A most fascinating book and a brilliant designer
This book is a must read for anyone heading down any type of design path, extremely difficult to put down, if inspiration is what you are after, click buy.
Published 8 months ago by Nick Bayntun
5.0 out of 5 stars A soulmate of Henry Moore
What a visual feast. Thomas Heatherwick is such a modest person: all design item stories begin with "we" (his studio team) as opposed to "I". Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maikku
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently designed volume
I would recommend this book to all people who like to think outside the box.
A fine tribute to a courageous designer.
Published 12 months ago by Lionheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Inspiration
No more Foster and Rogers, Heatherwick is a new breed of designer that awakens the soul. Pure genius in a large book
Published 13 months ago by Matthew S
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