Thomas Heatherwick (1970-) is one of the most famous contemporary British architects. His London-based Heatherwick Studio has over 200 collaborators and is active on major projects around the world. The buildings he designed, iconic and visionary, have the ambition to become real landmarks and not to go unnoticed. A graduate in design at the Royal College of Art, Heatherwick was mentored by the great designer Terence Conran who helped launch his career by calling him to create some installations for his furniture showroom The Conran Shop, the most prestigious in London. His career took off internationally starting from 2010, the year in which he designed the spectacular United Kingdom pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. In the same year he also created his only project in the field of furniture product design, the Voido swivel chair, produced by Magis and already become a classic (it will then be awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 2014). In the following years Heatherwick then deals with the many projects of the brazier for the London 2012 Olympic flame, the expansion of the Google campus in Mountain View and the iconic and controversial Vessel, a panoramic structure that has become the symbol of the new New York district of Hudson Yards.