“I can do anything. I could have been a dentist and I would have been the best dentist ever. I could have been a farmer. I really feel I could have done a lot of different things and I’m pretty sure that whatever I’d have done I’d have done it with so much passion and love that I’d do a great job.”
The intersection of mundanity, necessity and the sublime is showcased in the Thomas Heatherwick Conran Collection at the Design Museum.
Marble dust crunches underfoot, frost is forming on your eyelashes and you can’t feel your thumbs. Ahead a structure looms like the wreck of an ice-breaker – magnificent and useless. But not abandoned. A crowd is circling and there are even people clambering up the sides. After all, this is not sculpture, this is architecture. This is Zaha Hadid’s latest… thing.