Somerset House 4-23 September, London
By Lavinia Dickson-Robinson
A highlight of the global design calendar, London Design Biennale sees some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to show how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives. In response to the theme Emotional States, more than 40 participants from six continents are exhibiting engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House. In an exhibition of outstanding ideas and creativity, international design teams are illustrating how design can challenge, delight, educate and surprise.
The emotional states behind the theme are fear, sadness, joy, disgust, contempt, joy, anger, and surprise. Each of the 40 participating regions show their individual designs and ideas, in the hope that it can help the world move forward and create a better, more sustainable environment for us all to live in. Jonathan Reekie CBE, Director of Somerset House states, “From its 18th-century origins, Somerset House has played a central role in British society as a place where our culture and collective understanding of the world is shaped and defined. In 1837 the Government School of Design was launched here, later to become the Royal Academy of Art. We hope you enjoy this international exploration through design of Emotional States.
This thought-provoking exhibition has been curated by some of the leading design institutes in the world. These include the V&A, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian, Triennale in Milan, and Qatar Museums.
With this amazing collaboration between institutions and innovative designers, it’s hoped that we can create a better understanding of how to heal and maintain this incredible planet and to share and understand each other for a better world, by uniting global talent, and encouraging future generations to share their ideals of design across all divides. About the relevance of this exhibition, Sadiq Khan says, “It is vital that London retains its position as a design capital and remains open to investment from creative businesses around the world.”
Photo Credits Landmark Projects
• Time for Tea by Scholten and Baijings supported by Fortnum & Mason
• MultiPlyby Waugh Thistleton Architects supported by the American Hardwood Export Council and Arup V&A Projects
• Dazzle by Studio Frith supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies
• Memory & Light by Arvo Part and Arup
• A Fountain for London by Michael Anastassiades supported by The London Fountain Company London Design Biennale
• Designed by Pentagram, masks created by Andy Singleton