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Poor production values let down the brilliance of the designer this book sets out to celebrate
on 26 August 2012
I will contradict other reviewers here because, having eagerly anticipated a book profiling Thomas Heatherwick's work, Thames & Hudson's effort is for me a considerable disappointment. From the shiny, wipe-down cover to the mediocre paper stock and print, it is a poor reflection of Heatherwick's own brilliant ideas, rigorous research / development and superb execution. It's a shame; his outstanding work deserved so much more than this. Sure, it manages to intelligently profile most of the studio's oeuvre, but in terms of production quality, I expected so much more. In particular, repro quality of many of the images is dreadful - like something from a cheap desktop printer. Phaidon should have produced this book.