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.

A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe, Japan

Chakraview, India

Cadavre Exquis an Anatomy of Utopia, Poland

Daalaan, Pakistan

Design Diorama The Archive as a Utopic Environment, The Netherlands

Discovering Utopia Lost Archives of Soviet Design, Russia

LeveL, Austria

Otium and Acedia, South Africa

Peach Blossom, Republic of Korea

Pulse Diagram, Tunisia

The Wish Machine, Turkey

VRPolis, Diving into the Future, Spain

Water Machine, Saudi Arabia

White Flag, Italy

London Design Biennale 2016

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


Photography 2016 ©BG-Martin

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