Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to make unique design projects happen. Today his team work on projects ranging from bridges and buildings to products and large scale works of public art. 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 three British universities - Sheffield Hallam, Dundee and Manchester Metropolitan. He is recipient of the Prince Philip Designers Prize and in 2004, was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry. He has served on numerous judging and advisory panels and has given lectures, tutorials and talks at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and Yale University. Thomas lives and works in King's Cross, London.
Founded in 1976 in the bustling north eastern corner of Italy by a newcomer to the furniture business, Eugenio Perazza, Magis is today a giant international design laboratory that constantly puts itself to the test, seeking technological sophistication and employing a highly diversified workforce. Magis is a factory-free organization: in order to enhance the flexibility of its R&D activities, the company opted to outsource its manufacturing and relies on a local area teeming with skilled contractors. Magis uses the most advanced moulding technologies and techniques; it was the first company in the world to apply air moulding to aesthetical goods.