Sunday, July 24, 2016

D Museum: Inside Heatherwick Studio

For the first time in Korea, the internationally renowned Heatherwick Studio get their own exhibition. The studio has been led by Thomas Heatherwick since 1994 and today houses 180 architects and designers from numerous fields, such as urban planning, product design, furniture and art. The exhibition showcases the products, concept designs and fulfilled urban projects that span the world from the UK, through the Middle East, to China and beyond.

The first part of the exhibition goes through the thinking process behind every project at Heatherwick Studio. The second part dissects the manufacturing and how these projects come to earthly and material form. Lastly, the third part shows how the projects convey a story to the viewer of joy, awe, pleasure or calmness.

Did I say ”lastly”? Well, that is what I was thinking when I came across the ultimate room in the exhibition, namely the ”Spin-hula” installation. Filled with parents and their children spinning around, these chairs spin freely around without the person falling off. The ”Spun Chair” from 2010 sports a balanced form that is comfortable both to sit and lean back in.

The exhibition conveys the London-based studio’s projects’ scale and ambition. The designs revolve around themes such as texture, topography and movement. ”Inside Heatherwick Studio” is made possible through a cooperation between D Museum and the British Council as part of the ”New British Inventors” campaign that puts the spotlight on pioneering British designers.

Paternoster Vents, London, UK, 2000
Two 8.4m tall steel sculpural vents that work to cool an electricity sub-station. Less bulky than the large, single structure that was first planned.

Rolling Bridge, London, UK, 2004
This kinetic bridge functions both as a sculpture in its folded state, and a place of pedestrian crossing in its unfolded state. The footbridge unfurls in around 3 minutes.

Garden Bridge, London, UK, est. 2018
A much larger footbridge is estimated to be completed in 2018. The footbridge across the River Thames will link the two banks of the 300m-wide river, provide a garden for London’s inhabitants and a new panorama spot of the city.

Olympic Cauldron, London, UK, 2012
Every Olympic opening ceremony is rounded off with the lighting of the Olympic fire. The UK broke some conventions with this centrepiece of the opening ceremony, positioned in the middle of the ground instead of up high above the spectators which has been the norm in past Olympic games. Every participating country was represented by one copper piece, making it a total of 204 pieces. The scattered pieces were lit on fire and then the 204 small fires gathered into one big fire, representing the Olympic spirit.

Opening hours: Tues – Sun 10AM-6PM
Fri, Sat: 10AM-8PM
Final admission 30 min. before closing.
Closed on Mondays and Chuseok.

Audio guide available via the D Museum app. Rental earphones included in the museum admission price.
Free tour guides: Tues – Sun from 11AM to 5PM at the start of every hour.

Exhibition period: 16 June – 23 October 2016

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