© Yasuhiro Suzuki
© Helidon Xhixha
22 March 2016
by Kate Le Versha
The details for the first London Design Biennale were announced this morning. Over 30 nations are to take part, presenting design installations on the theme of utopia at Somerset House, 7 - 27 September 2016.
Sir John Sorrell, President for the London Design Biennale, told us; "The idea is to bring together countries from all over the world in September, where Somerset House will be the stage for their designers to respond to the theme of utopia by producing wonderful design installations, which address the big issues facing the world.
Design is an international language. It doesn't recognise boundaries or borders and designers want to make the world a better place. To bring designers together to engage in a conversation like this is so important."
More than 30 countries have confirmed their participation in the first London Design Biennale; a global event at which the world's national will present newly commissioned works in contemporary design, design-led innovation, creativity and research.
Nations from six continents are developing a presentation that responds to the Biennale's theme 'Utopia by Design'. Sustainability, migration, pollution, water and social equality are just some of the issues being explored. From floating cities, presented by Nigeria, to an innovative design for how first aid might be parachuted into disaster zones, by designers from Israel.
The London Design Biennale will take over the entirety of Somerset House, including installations in the central courtyard.
Christopher Turner, Director of the London Design Biennale, said: "We chose the inaugural theme, Utopia by Design, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's classic, and to reflect on the rich history of the modernist design it inspired. Design teams from over thirty countries will exhibit ambitious installations that explore how architecture, design and engineering might contribute in some way to making the world a better place and our cities more livable."