The white flag, and the resignation it represents, are replaced by a symbolic bundle, made by folding the corners of the white fabric and fastening them to a wooden stick that previously acted as a pole. Hope once again triumphs over surrender, the bundle protects the few possessions that have been rescued and it becomes
a symbol of hope and the starting point for a new life elsewhere.
Today’s globalised world is divided into over 200 different countries that are in constant economic competition with each other. Setting aside the fact that we all share the same planet and the same resources, each nation pursues its own interests: the enrichment of one place often means the exploitation of another. Can we change this perspective while continuing to live in a world divided by 500,000 km of international borders?
Contemplating a future where everyday objects will be participative, partly designed and partly assembled, Hyper Modular explores an idea of utopia that moves between dematerialisation, intuition and a symbiosis between technology and nature. The minimal use of materials, combined with the light’s flexible qualities, goes beyond known codes of modularity, envisioning future behaviours of objects we interact with daily. The almost invisible design of the light becomes an intuitive tool with which to design.
Seven Swiss design studios partnered with seven specialist industrial manufacturers, each with niche knowledge of a particular field.
The conceptual arrangements of 'Magnify the Origin' combine glass and lava stone – two seemingly different manifestations of minerals whose states have been transformed by heat.
The London Design Biennale thanks our partners and supporters who made the first Biennale possible:
Headline Partner: Jaguar
Major Partner: Somerset House
With thanks to the Biennale team:
President: Sir John Sorrell CBE
Director: Dr Christopher Turner
Executive Director: Ben Evans
Operations Director: Ruth Dillon
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Project Manager: Sara Black
Project Assistant: Mary Angove
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