The medal is awarded as part of the London Design Festival to a designer who has made a significant contribution to design and London, having received international acclaim for their work.
It will be presented to Heatherwick by LDF chairman Sir John Sorrell.
Heatherwick says, ‘It’s a huge honour and a great surprise to be given the London Design Medal. London is the city I was born and brought up in, an endlessly exciting mish-mash of a place that inspires me and my team in the projects we do.’
Ben Evans, director of the LDF, says, ‘Thomas Heatherwick is a designer who defies definition whether he is working in the fields of architecture, product design, sculpture or urban planning.
‘He has developed a considerable reputation for his practice, creating a range of extraordinary objects and buildings, from rolling bridges to seaside cafés and spinning chairs. His stunning British Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo demonstrates to the world that British design is innovative, creative and good for business.’
The London Design Medal is designed by Domenic Lippa of Pentagram, who also developed the branding for the LDF.