Sleek Style

Maybe Great Britain doesn’t strike you as a bastion of modern design—after all, it’s a nation associated with a certain primness, plus super stodgy dinnerware and post-apocalyptic public housing. But really, since the 1960s, jolly old England has churned out some of the most exuberant and fun pieces of design—like the Mini and the Moulton bicycle. British inventiveness carried on through the punk era and the wasteland of the early 1980s and is today as innovative and even breathtaking as ever—particularly behind the walls of London’s Heatherwick studios. Founded by Thomas Heatherwick, the studio is responsible for a sleek redesign of the iconic double decker bus and for that stunning Olympic cauldron in the 2010 London games. Heatherwick, once called "the Leonardo da Vinci of our times" by design legend Sir Thomas Conran, has a gift for making the most practical of objects aesthetically stunning, combining elements of architecture, sculpture and principles of industrial design in everything he does. He’ll give some insight into his process when he speaks in conjunction with his exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street. The 360 Speaker Series hosts Heatherwick at 2 p.m. Saturday; the event is free with paid admission of $10. Visit to learn more.
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