Thomas Heatherwick - Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Haunch of Venison, London

  • Literature

    Thomas Heatherwick: Extrusions, exh. cat., Haunch of Venison, London, 2009, similar examples from the series and the manufacturing process illustrated throughout
    Thomas Heatherwick and Maisie Rowe, Thomas Heatherwick: Making, London, 2012, pp. 16-17, 504, 508-13 for similar examples from the series and images documenting the process

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Can you squeeze a chair out of a machine, the way you squeeze toothpaste out of a tube?” THOMAS HEATHERWICK

    The present bench is the third extrusion by Thomas Heatherwick from a single billet of aluminum. Forced through a large die, the aluminum was cut into unique, unrepeatable sections and hand-polished. Waste from “Billet 7” was recycled for future extrusions. Heatherwick conceived his “Extrusion” benches over a twelve-year period dating from his coursework at the Royal College of Art, London. He had intended to create lengthy seating for public spaces such as airports and stations. The process of creating his “Extrusions” implies infinity. As Heatherwick states, he could in theory produce a work that “reached around the planet to wherever it needed to go.”


"Extrusion" bench

extruded aluminum.
29 x 51 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (73.7 x 130.8 x 59.1 cm)
Produced by Heatherwick Studio, UK. Underside incised with Thomas Heatherwick/BILLET 7 – EXTRUSION 3/JUNE 2012.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $112,500

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Contemporary Art and Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 3 March 2015 6pm