Private Tour of London Design Biennale 2016

19th Sep 2016

Thursday 22 September, 6pm – 9pm


With Director Dr Christopher Turner on Thursday 22 September between 6pm and 9pm

The first London Design Biennale is now open at Somerset House with over 37 countries participating (Until 27 September). Nations from six continents have  presented newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.

the ambitious system of national representation brings to mind the Venice Biennale”

The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris

The installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnation (Belgium), German Design Council, 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.


The whole biennale is really accessible, very impressive…Let’s hope the London Design Biennale is the resounding success it deserves to be.”

Tabish Khan, Londonist

Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, the London Design Biennale explores big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. You can get food and juice in Lebanon, enter a virtual world in Spain, send your wish flying physically round the West Wing from Turkey, see Mexico’s impressive display of their plans for an immense border city (might be put on ice this one!), Russia’s lost archive of Utopian dreams never fulfilled plus lots more …

Only 30 places available.

The inaugural edition of this design gala brings eye-opening visions of utopia from all corners of the globe reminds you of the power of critical, speculative, truly utopian design.”

Olly Wainwright, Guardian


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