The first London Design Biennale opened for a week ago and the feedback couldn’t be better. The Somerset House is the main stage for more of 30 countries and territories! Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme ‘Utopia by Design’ until September 27.
At the London Design Biennale you can see installations curated by the leading museums and design organizations in the world, including Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, DAMnº Magazine, German Design Council, the MAK and Austria Design Net, Moscow Design Museum, The Japan Foundation, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. Design teams include architects, scientists, designers, writers and artists.
Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality.
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‘Utopia by Design’ is the London Design Biennale Inspiration through interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
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The theme of the first edition of the London Design Biennale is Utopia by Design which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, Utopia (1516).
Director of the Biennale, Dr Christopher Turner, explains how the centrality of the theme is fundamental to establishing a strong coherence and curated unity between all participating countries and territories. Design teams were encouraged to create installations that interrogate the history of the utopian idea, and engage with some of the fundamental issues facing humanity.
Their responses celebrate cultural diversity and show design’s innate power to strike up and inform debate, but also as a catalyst: provoking real change by suggesting inspiring or cautionary futures. Together these visions represent a laboratory of ambitious ideas that might contribute to making the world a better place. And what other objective is there to good design?