Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, June 19 – January 3, 2016

“Heatherwick Studio’s imaginative approach to design has yielded an extraondinarily diverse body of work that defies easy categorization and eschews any notion of a signature style. Engaging in a collaborative iterative design process, the studio asks questions, poses provocations, tests ideas, and makes models and prototypes to arrive at the best solution. From the smallest to the largest project, the studio strives to use materials and forms at a human scale, the scale at which, as Thomas Heatherwick says ‘people touch, experience, and live in the world.’ ” — Cooper Hewitt

Rolling Bridge, London, 2002-2004, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Steve Speller

Rolling Bridge, London, 2002-2004, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Steve Speller

Extrusions, 2009, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Peter Mallet

Extrusions, 2009, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Peter Mallet

New Bus for London, 2010-2012, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

New Bus for London, 2010-2012, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke, England, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke, England, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

Learning Hub, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011-2014, Heatherwick Studio. Credit: Heatherwick Studio

Learning Hub, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2011-2014, Heatherwick Studio

UK Pavilion, Shanghai, China, 2007-2010, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

UK Pavilion, Shanghai, China, 2007-2010, Heatherwick Studio. Photo: Iwan Baan

Garden Bridge, London, 2012-18, Heatherwick Studio. Credit: Arup

Garden Bridge, London, 2012-18, Heatherwick Studio. Credit: Arup

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Installation view of “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.” Photo: Matt Flynn © 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Images courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum