London Design Biennale 2018

Leading designers from across the globe are confirmed as the first tier of participating countries and territories are announced for London Design Biennale 2018, bringing visions of ‘Emotional States’ to Somerset House. 

Building on the enormous success of the inaugural 2016 London Design Biennale, over 40 countries and territories will be welcomed to the second edition of this prestigious global event, including France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, UK and the USA. 
 
A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in London to celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures. Taking over Somerset House, the exhibition will see the world’s nations presenting newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research.  
 
‘Emotional States’ has been chosen as the theme to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate how design affects every aspect of people’s lives, including our emotions and experiences. The countries’ responses to this theme will present a dynamic laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and real social needs. Sustainability, migration and conflict, civic responsibility, pollution, water, social equality and innovative solutions for issues in 21st century life are just some of the big issues being explored. 

Visitors to London Design Biennale will interact with brand new work by leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists in a broad, vibrant exhibition that includes AI and robotics, virtual reality, large-scale sculpture, immersive digital installations, performances and renderings of the future.  

A diverse group of countries and territories from five continents have been confirmed as the initial participants. They are: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the USA. 
 
A further tier of countries and territories will be announced in the New Year.  
 
The UK entry will be curated for a second time by the V&A. 
 
London Design Biennale is a ticketed event and will take place throughout Somerset House.