The Human Touch
The PEAK Singapore|October 2020
The Human Touch
For British architect Thomas Heatherwick, good design is about connecting us to nature, each other and our essential humanity.
Charmaine Chan

In the world of design, few individuals consistently surprise but British wunderkind Thomas Heatherwick is one of them. He first came to our collective attention for his work on the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a shimmering sculpture of 60,000 gently swaying translucent fibre optic tubes making up the Seed Cathedral.

Heatherwick has been variously described as a Pied Piper, a Willy Wonka and a larger-than-life showman. Yet the bright-eyed, curly-haired man who turns up for our Zoom interview is softspoken, thoughtful and considered.

The ongoing pandemic has sparked a million ideas for him and he speaks about our upended lives and how much that has impacted his thoughts on design, especially when it comes to our work and home spaces. “Desks are such deathly places, yet we spend hours at them,” he says.

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