Thomas Heatherwick’s Glass Bridge, due to be installed next year in London’s Paddington Basin redevelopment, has won the inaugural £15 000 Bombay Sapphire Prize for Glass Design. The deck of the 7m-span, illuminated bridge contains pieces of water-cut glass, set on edge and laminated together to form the arch. Tom Dixon, one of the judges, says, ‘This is simply an outstanding example of design innovation. It’s rare in public art for something as daring as this to be commissioned.’ The work, along with art and design category winners Chiho Hitomi and Tord Boontje and the rest of the shortlist, is on view at The Vinopolis Gallery, London, SE1 until 5 January 2003.
The development is the first commercial project from the car brand’s Mini Living offshoot, and will include apartments, workspaces and services such as car-sharing.
An upcoming exhibition at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries will highlight the origins of English graphic design as spearheaded by scribes, engravers and painters during this period.
Last week, we spoke to the author of a new book documenting the rise and fall of 1980s culture mag The Face, famously designed by Neville Brody. Now, designers
7-Inches for Planned Parenthood has released a compilation vinyl boxset featuring original work from the likes of designer Shepard Fairey and musician Björk to raise money for the charity.