Iconeye Heatherwick Competition, last chance to enter 29.05.12

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In celebration of Thomas Heatherwick, Icon's June cover star, we have teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum to give you the chance to win an exclusive prize. All you need to do is answer the following question in the comment box below:

What would you like to see Thomas Heatherwick work on next and why?

First prize is a private curator-led tour of the exhibition Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary, at the V&A plus a copy of the new release, Thomas Heatherwick: Making published by Thames and Hudson.

We will also be awarding five runners up a pair of tickets each to the exhibition.

This competition will close 31 May so don't miss out, enter now.

Click here to register for the V&A's e-newsletter


credit Photograph Iwan Baan

From 31 May to 30 September 2012, Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary is the first ever major retrospective on the work of Thomas Heatherwick, one of the most exciting creative practitioners working in the UK today. Heatherwick has been the recipient of the Prince Philip Designers Prize and the London Design Medal, and in 2004 became the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.

At the heart of his Studio's practice is a profound commitment to elegant, integrated design solutions and the absolute dedication to materials, research, prototyping, industrial collaboration, tactility, texture - and above all, extraordinary form-making. The exhibition brings together over 150 objects of inspiration and material samples, models, prototypes, full-scale fragments and finished pieces: from an original seed-tipped rod from the UK Pavilion Seed Cathedral at the Shanghai World Expo, to a detail of the new London double-decker bus at full-scale.

Thomas Heatherwick: Making is published to coincide with the V&A exhibition. Prepared in close collaboration with the studio, this is the first comprehensive monograph on one of the world's most innovative designers and presents an exhaustive overview of the studio's entire history – over 140 projects, each fully illustrated. Heatherwick has personally written on each project, offering an unprecedented, in-depth and behind-the-scenes perspective that reveals the creative, design and manufacturing processes behind his genius. The book features images selected from Heatherwick's personal and studio archives, many published for the first time

 Find out more at www.vam.ac.uk/heatherwick


credit (c) Steve Speller

Terms and Conditions:

By registering for this competition you are bound to the following rules. This offer is available until the 31st May 2012 at which time the winner and runners up will be selected by Icon.

The tour will have take place on Thursday 14th June at 9am, the winner will be welcome to remain in the exhibition after general opening at 10am.

Prizes are non-transferable. There is no cash alternative

Please allow 31 days for delivery of the book. Media 10 will not be responsible for damages incurred during transit. Media 10 will not be responsible for loss of product through transit.

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  • Comment Link Suki Hubbard Wednesday, 30 May 2012 20:44 posted by Suki Hubbard

    I'd like to see his idea for the fourth plinth (Trafalgar Square)

  • Comment Link William Lee Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:26 posted by William Lee

    I would love to see Heatherwick redesign the sky. Using light, material, colour and perspective, to alter the way people preserved their surroundings. Within a public space, such as Hyde Park, it could encourage people to interact and re-think their intangible surroundings. Raising the question of how integrated design can enhance our daily lives.

  • Comment Link Tom Whitecross Friday, 18 May 2012 19:57 posted by Tom Whitecross

    Heatherwick should reimagine the UMBRELLA. It would be a feat of engineering; radical, deceptively simple, beautiful, and practical.

  • Comment Link jan peters Monday, 14 May 2012 22:15 posted by jan peters

    I'd like Thomas Heatherwick to design a new bridge for the River Thames that has separate safe cycle lane, takes vehicles (& maybe trains/eco-light railway) & give people the opportunity to walk across in a pleasant atmosphere with perhaps some leisure area/facility on the bridge.

  • Comment Link Tom Gayler Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:21 posted by Tom Gayler

    I'd like to see a redesign of the Atrium of Queen Mary university's School of Engineering and Materials science. I study a design based across Queen Mary and Goldsmith and feel that there is a chance to define the role a designer plays in linking experiment, reality and imagination through a very physical spectacle. the space previous housed a plane which to me reflected a quiet tired attempt at inspiration.

  • Comment Link Nita McDowell Tuesday, 08 May 2012 07:49 posted by Nita McDowell

    I would love Thomas Heatherwick to redesign our crumbling school so I can live, work and breathe his work every day!

  • Comment Link frank milum-palmer Monday, 07 May 2012 14:50 posted by frank milum-palmer

    I think he should work on the Severn Barrage next,as this is such a huge object it is essential it is of architectural merit,and visually stunning.

  • Comment Link Alana Madden Monday, 07 May 2012 11:01 posted by Alana Madden

    Because it is so hard to grasp your own true understanding of contemporary work or practice. Being something newly emerged, it is inevitably explained to you second hand by everyone except the subject. I want to feel close to our contemporaries, not alienated.

  • Comment Link may Friday, 04 May 2012 18:25 posted by may

    I'd like to see Heatherwick designing a prefab house.

  • Comment Link c shepherdson Friday, 04 May 2012 17:44 posted by c shepherdson

    Rejuvenation of Hatfield town centre (in Hertfordshire), with iconic building.

    Thomas Heatherwick we need you to inject your magic and make the town where I went to university and now live, the stellar place it should be.

    Birth place of the comet jet liner, brief home to the princess that became Queen Elizabeth I and film set for ‘Saving Private Ryan’, Hatfield needs something radical to save it.


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