Thomas Heatherwick: Since founding the Heatherwick Studio in 1994, Thomas Heatherwick has garnered international recognition as one of the most influential and innovative designers today. Heatherwick’s works span a wide range of disciplines—from architecture, furniture, fashion, and product design to engineering, transportation design, and urban planning—and are executed on a variety of scales. Born in London in 1970, Heatherwick was introduced to design at an early age by both of his parents. His mother, a bead collector, helped Heatherwick to develop his aesthetic while his father introduced him to architecture and design. As a child, Heatherwick frequently worked on inventions, anything from... more.