The first London Design Biennale will open this September at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating (7 – 27 September). Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.
Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. Visitors will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
Here’s a bit of what we know about some of the countries so far: Austria will present a specially developed installation by mischer’traxler studio. The Austrian contribution will be curated by Thomas Geisler, Curator Design Collection, MAK Vienna, and organized by Austria Design Net. mischer’traxler studio will create a kinetic light installation entitled LeveL: the fragile balance of utopia.
LeveL: the fragile balance of utopia
Helidon Xhixha’s installation takes the Renaissance city layout – built around a central core – as its starting point. Using his trademark reflective surfaces, the installation is a space for both interaction and personal reflection (literal and metaphorical), highlighting the need for a cohesive society in the midst of a migration crisis.
Porky Hefer, from South Africa, will be exhibiting his signature hanging constructions that are both working seats and fantastical creatures. Hefer’s playful nests are symptomatic of a new era in South African design that is built around themes of equality and unity.
Mexican architect and urbanist Fernando Romero is looking at the potential of car-free future cities. How would this work and what would it mean for Mexico City, one of the world’s most polluted places?
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