LanD Studios / China
Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement. – Charles Darwin
A highlight of the global design calendar, London Design Biennale sees some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to show how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives.
La Trinnale di Milano / Italy
Arthur Analts / Latvia
In response to the theme Emotional States, participants from six continents are exhibiting engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House. In an exhibition of outstanding ideas and creativity, international design teams are illustrating how design can challenge, delight, educate and surprise.
56th Studio / Germany
Tinkah / UAE
Time To Get Out / Berghaus
Emotional States has been chosen to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate how design affects every aspect of people’s lives – the way we live and how we live – but also influences our very being, emotions and experiences. Together the countries’ responses to the theme will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and real social needs.
Marjanvan Aubel / The Netherlands
Wagging Tongues Productions / Pakistan
Matty Bovan, Rory Mullen, Adam Leach / Leeds
The Gujral Foundation / India
Emotions are universal, with shared meanings that transcend borders. Installations will explore the full spectrum of emotions as classified by Charles Darwin, in his 1872 work, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal. These emotions are; Anger, Contempt, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness and Surprise. We are delighted to have worked with our world-leading creative partner Pentagram on a new creative campaign to represent these 7 emotional states.
Nathalie Harb / Lebanon
The Gujral Foundation, India / Refugees Pavillion
WE DESIGNS LAByrinth Project / Hong Kong
Olivero Bland Studio / Guatemala
Visceral exhibits and experiences will evoke moods and explore a particular country or city’s design story. National entries will ask: how does design evoke, communicate and manipulate emotions? How can design promote and support well-being? Conversely, how can design provoke and address anger and stress? How might emotionally durable designs reduce the impact of consumption and waste? What are the possible consequences of robots as emotional machines? The powerful theme allows visitors to question some of the big issues of our time and interact with brand new work by world-leading architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists in a broad, vibrant exhibition.