London Design Biennale 2016 - India, Image by Ed Reeve

London Design Biennale

7 - 27 September 2016

Monday – Wednesday & Saturday: 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Late night Thursday (15 & 22 only) & Fridays 11.00 - 21.00

Somerset House

Thirty seven countries and territories from six continents are presenting newly monumental installations and commissioned works exploring the theme Utopia by Design in the first London Design Biennale.

London Design Biennale 2016 - Russia, Image by Ed Reeve
London Design Biennale 2016 - Russia, Image by Ed Reeve

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. You will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions - all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.

London Design Biennale 2016 Turkey, Image by Ed Reeve
London Design Biennale 2016 Turkey, Image by Ed Reeve

'imaginative, thought-provoking and intuitive' 

Design Week

At the London Design Biennale you will see installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnº Magazine (Belgium), German Design Council, the MAK and Austria Design Net, Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, Southern Guild (South Africa), The Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum (UK). Design teams include architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists.

Utopia By Design

As part of Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, particpants have been asked to realise their visions of utopia, attempting to answer the question: how can design make the world a better place?

London Design Biennale 2016 - United Kingdom, Forecast by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Exhibiting Countries

Albania; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Chile; Croatia; France; Germany; Greece; India; Indonesia; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lebanon; Mexico; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey; UK; USA

If you’re into immersive installations, there’s something here for you. Or retro socialist chic. Or worthy causes. Or people-centered products. Or sustainable design. Or VR headsets. Or just plain whimsy. You’re pretty much bound to find something to provide pleasure or arouse righteous indignation.

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