1. Thomas Heatherwick on his top-secret design for the Olympic cauldron

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    See more architecture and design movies at http://www.dezeen.com/movies Thomas Heatherwick talks to Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about his top-secret design for the cauldron that will hold the London 2012 Olympic flame in this interview filmed at his ongoing exhibition at the V&A museum in London. In the movie Heatherwick explains how Olympic organisers have tried to escape the shadow of Beijing's spectacular opening ceremony in 2008 by focusing on London's reputation for ideas. Plans for the opening ceremony directed by filmmaker Danny Boyle were unveiled this week and will include 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens, three sheepdogs and a village cricket team to evoke Britain's bucolic past.

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    • Thomas Heatherwick on designing a boat for the Loire river

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      Thomas Heatherwick talks to Dezeen about his design for a riverboat in France in this interview filmed by Dezeen at Heatherwick's 2012 exhibition at the V&A museum in London. In the movie Heatherwick explains how the boat was commissioned to transport tourists and locals along the Loire river between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire. Unlike a traditional two-hulled catamaran, the boat will have a single hull that folds back on itself and stretches over to form an infinite loop. This makes space for two diagonal viewing decks from which passengers can look out towards works of art along the river banks.

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      • Thomas Heatherwick on his studio's Christmas cards

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        Thomas Heatherwick talks about his studio's tradition of sending unusual handmade Christmas cards in this interview filmed by Dezeen at Heatherwick's exhibition at the V&A museum in London. In the movie Heatherwick explains how making Christmas cards as a child led him to introduce the practice at his studio as a way of saying thank you to the people who had helped them throughout the year. The cards range from minimalist constructions based on just a stamp to more complicated feats of engineering made with the help of local Post Office workers. The museum's curators have accompanied Heatherwick's creations with an example of the world's first printed Christmas card, published in 1843 by Henry Cole, first director of the V&A Museum.

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        • Thomas Heatherwick on designing the UK pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010

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          Thomas Heatherwick talks to Dezeen about designing the UK pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 in this interview filmed by Dezeen at his exhibition at the V&A museum in London. In the movie Heatherwick explains why he only used one sixth of the site, needing to create a moment of calm in the chaos of an expo and the government's brief to be among the top five pavilions at the expo despite having half the budget of most of the Western nations' design teams. The boxy structure was pierced by 60,000 transparent rods, each containing seeds from the Millennium Seed Bank in the UK.

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          • Movie: Thomas Heatherwick on designing a new bus for London

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            Thomas Heatherwick talks to Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about redesigning the iconic red double-decker bus for London in this interview filmed by Dezeen at the preview of Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary at the V&A museum in London. In the movie, Heatherwick describes why a second staircase and third door can help the busses stick to a timetable and reveals the best way to disguise traces of kebab smeared on a seat. The first of the new buses went into service in February 2012, causing a stir with the return of a hop-on-hop-off platform at the back and bands of glass swooping round two stairwells.

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            • Thomas Heatherwick at the V&A museum

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              In this movie filmed by Dezeen at the preview of Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary 2012 at the V&A museum in London, Thomas Heatherwick demonstrates the machine that dispenses guides to the exhibition from huge rolls of paper, inspired by newspaper printing presses. The show includes the prototypes, experiments and inspirations behind key projects like the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010 and the recent redesign of the iconic London Routemaster bus.

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