Brit aboard: Heatherwick set to tour US and Far East
The international profile of designer Thomas Heatherwick is set to receive a boost in the coming months as he prepares to launch two major touring exhibitions in the US and Asia.
The AJ understands Heatherwick is planning an exhibition in Asia next year, part-funded by the British Council. If all goes to plan, the tour of his studio’s work – including content of particular interest to an Asian audience – will begin in Singapore in the spring. Venues, dates and exact content are yet to be confirmed.
The Asia event would follow a US tour which starts in Texas next month. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio runs at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas from 13 September to 4 January, and afterwards at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles from 15 February to 24 May and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York from 21 June 21 to 26 October.
The U.S exhibition represents the first North American museum presentation of the work of Heatherwick and his practice. It focuses on the design concepts behind early projects such as the handbag designed for Longchamp and rotation-molded “Spun” chairs, as well as current large architectural projects in the UK, South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, and China.
News of the touring exhibitions comes as the AJ reveals previously unreported details of Heatherwick Studio’s latest company accounts, to 31 March 2013, which show a 66% drop in profit-before-tax compared to the previous year. The company attributes the drop to ‘considerable investment in new staff, supporting infrastructure and charitable activities’. Turnover was up slightly, from £6.1m to £6.8m.