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Olympic Cauldron London 2012 designed by Thomas Heatherwick

Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick studio is recognized for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, furniture design and strategic thinking. Team members come from disciplinary backgrounds that include architecture, product design, model making, fabrication, landscape design, fine art and curation.

Heatherwick Studio’s Associate Directors include the former Director of Regeneration and Environment of the London Borough of Southwark, Fred Manson, who commissioned Tate Modern, Peckham Library and the Millennium Bridge; and the structural engineer Ron Packman.

Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and a Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from four British universities – Sheffield Hallam, Brighton, Dundee and Manchester Metropolitan. He has won the Prince Philip Designers Prize and in 2006, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.


The Olympic Flame, which has been seen by nearly 15 million people on its 70 day journey around the UK, and by a worldwide TV audience of around one billion people in the Opening Ceremony. The Cauldron is made up of 204 steel pipes and individually designed copper petals inscribed with the competing nation’s names.

At the end of the Games, each team will take their petal home and the London 2012 Cauldron will cease to exist – it is a representation of the extraordinary transitory community that is the coming together of the world’s community at the London Olympic Games.

Thomas Heatherwick, the designer of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, said: ‘There is the precedent of the 1948 Games of the cauldron set within the stadium, to one side with the spectators, and with the technology we now have that didn’t exist in 1948 it can be shared with everyone in the Olympic Park with screens. We felt that sharing it with the screens reinforced the intimacy within it, if it had been a huge beacon lifted up in the air it would have had to be bigger, and would have somehow not met the brief that we discussed with Danny Boyle of making something that was rooted in where the people are.’


Below is a reminder of a few of the beautiful projects Thomas has been involved in.

A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station … And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.


Glowing Artichoke Lamps, Made From Recycled Book Pages

The digital age is undoubtedly changing our relationship with books. With e-readers and e-books gaining traction, no longer are real books only to be read, but recycled into various forms ranging from the artistic to the practical, much like these book paper pendant lamps by architect-turned-lighting designer Allison Patrick of Zipper 8.


The living structure

What is our relationship to objects (as furniture) in space?
Thoughts on “the living structure”

The organisation and positioning of self, which our social environment demands from us every day as active human beings is expressed in “the living structure” in a model-like as well as concretely spatial way: Shifting between a sculptural object and a piece of furniture, this design of a table shows and reifies how social interaction in space can develop, and how it depends on a conscious decision for or against it.

The geometrical shaping of the design sketches the schematic structure of a table in such a high degree of abstraction that it is almost reduced to an idea; this is presented by the designer to the viewer as a possibility. Shown object can either be placed on the floor or mounted to a wall, can exist visually as a sculpture or be utilised physically as furniture: By adding a sheet of metal the rectangular wooden structure becomes a functional table.

Presented furniture concept inscribes space and describes space in a model-like way as a place defined by reciprocal interaction between object and subject, between a decision for pure aesthetics or functional use. The object requires that their viewer, who may become a user, positions him or herself regarding the structure within, and extending from a given space. It gives the viewer the option of disregarding function, or defining a product that does not force its own use, but enables utilisation.

Bauhaus – Workshops for Modernity

Explore Bauhaus through this great resource site put together by the good people of MOMA. Love Bauhaus, then you’ll love this….

Thanks to Alessandra Turati for the heads up – much appreciated.

Set Design – The King’s Speech

So we all know now who won what at the BAFTA’s…. I was lucky enough to get a chance to watch “The King’s Speech” a few weeks ago and what grabbed me while I watch the trailers a few weeks previous to that was the set design. One in particular was the wall used in the therapy room. It was the third character in the scene and absolutely beautiful. The designers captured the mood of the time so well that it made the film just that little better than most.

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Hirzberger Events – Digital Wallpaper

Once in a while it is nice to not work on a commercial project and have the freedom of doing whatever you want. Fortunately the people at Büro Hirzberger were totally open to whatever we presented them to decorate parts of their office space in Vienna.

My fellow co-workers at Strukt Design Studio came up with this digital wallpaper, using 2 projectors to map an entire wall and using VVVV to do the deskewing and to generate the content.

Many thanks go to the great guys at Concept Solutions to provide us the equipment for the test set-up.

VVVV-Programming: Julian Köhn, Thomas Hitthaler, Robi Hammerle
Project Management: Gregor Hofbauer
Equipment Support: Klaus Spitzbart / Concept Solutions
Music:  PNAU – Baby (Breakbot Remix)

Melodesign – Interior Decoration Service

Melodesigns is a partnership between design consultant Chris Kane and artist Luiz Melo. We offer a bespoke Interior Decoration Service and a dramatic range of hand painted decorative art. They work in the residential and commercial market and are just as happy to discuss very individual projects.

Who are the main faces behind this?
Artist Luiz Melo and Interior Designer Chris Kane

Chris Kane – Design Consultant. Chris has been working in the interiors market for the past five years.
With a twelve year background in fashion and business management working for international brands including Arcadia and Jigsaw,he took his creative and business skills and applied them to interiors. Chris spent three years as Brand Manager of a successful independant furniture retailer, and has been working with his own private clients offering a design consultation service over the past two years.

Luiz Melo – The artist. Luiz Melo was born and educated in Minas Gerais in south west Brazil where he learnt to draw and paint, inspired by his natural vibrant surroundings. He began experimenting with water colours and charcoal on canvas constantly developing his technique and inspirations from landscape scenes from his childhood to more abstract appreciations of landscape and colour itself. Luiz moved to London 10 years ago and began developing his own abstract marbling technique working primarliy with glass. His work represents his personal vibrancy and sensitivity, reflecting his Latin American passion for intense colour. The current range of unique decorative objects epitomise Luiz Melo’s relationship with art as freedom, the freedom of things to choose what they will become and to form and name themselves…

What got you involved?
Luiz Melo- since moving to the UK from Brazil in 2000, I simply decided to follow my dream to be an artist
Chris Kane- became involved in the interiors market in 2004 after a career change and decided to study part time.

Individual Background?
Chris Kane – Raised in Scotland, moved to London in 1996, had a 12 year career in business management in the retail sector before becoming involved in interiors
Luiz Melo – Brazilian, studied and taught linguistics in Barzil before relocating to London in 2000

Funny Stories?
From as early as 8 or 9 Chris was rearranging his Mum’s furniture and accessories and painting his bedroom all sorts of colours…

Luiz remembers one time as a small child in the Brazilian countryside being fascinated by the colours and shapes of some petrol he saw floating on a puddle. Interestingly it was this memory that was the spark that made him develop his unique style of marbling with paint.

The current range of unique decorative objects epitomises Luiz’s relationship with art as freedom, the freedom of things to choose what they will become and to form and name themselves.

” I let paint and matter flow through and over one another , the individual form and shape of each object and each drop of paint deciding what their union will create.” Luiz Melo

Chris Kane- “I believe that we are all creating in some way all of the time. I think doing this in a home environment can be a very grounding experience and where better to feel that than in your home.There is energy in everything, colour, shapes, balancing and flow of space, so your environment can be a place that sustains your own to inspire you to keep on creating, to keep moving forward, which for me is the essence of life.”

To work full time for ourselves and keep adding to the scope of our business. To have our own shop selling Luiz’z artwork and Chris’s design consultation services

Future works?
Watch this space…who knows!!

Do you have any exhibitions planned ?
Just attended and exhibitted an event in Hampshire with seven other specialist retailers, a great response with several sales and private comissions

Contact details if anyone is interested in your work? or