London Design Biennale 2016

London Design Biennale 2016

Utopia is the theme of the first ever London Design Biennale at Somerset House – a new annual and showcase of international design. And it’s a triumph. This extravaganza, which has taken over the whole of the site, gives the Venice Architecture Biennale a run for its money.

500 years after Thomas More wrote his bombastic novel Utopia, the most influential designers on the world stage have come together to explore the Big Questions. Sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, urbanisation and social equality. In design terms that means how engineering and design can respond to the utopian ideal, answer the deep rooted issues that humanity faces and provoke change.

In classic Biennale fashion, each country has their own installation. It takes a while to see them all – so leave yourself a couple of hours, and maybe pop to one of the many fabulous restaurants halfway through to combat fatigue. It’s honestly worth seeing everything: this exhibition is a fascinating look at humanity, that will move even the most design-phobic of visitors.

Water is becoming more scarce and the Saudi Arabian pavilion explores its commodification.
We loved the futuristic feel of Indonesia’s design which squeaks away as it represents the communications needed for countries to reach consensus on major global issues.

VR Polis, Diving into the Future Country: Spain
The spinning lights of Austria respond to the lightest of body movements.

Take a seat inside this mouth if you dare. All handmade and surprisingly comfortable.

London Design Biennale 2016

Somerset House announces the first London Design Biennale 2016 featuring the best contemporary design from around the world