Gyro Table (2016/2016) by Designer: Brodie Neill, Curatorial Support: The National Gallery of VictoriaLondon Design Biennale
"Small fragments of washed-up plastic waste have been collected and reconstituted to produce a terrazo-like composite" Brodie Neill explains.
Gyro Film (2016/2016) by Designer: Brodie Neill, Curatorial Support: The National Gallery of VictoriaLondon Design Biennale
The Counterculture Room: CYBERSYN Monitor Cases (1971/1972) by Gui Bonsiepe (recreated by FabLab Santiago in 2016)London Design Biennale
The socialist government of Salvador Allende imagined giving the state a cybernetic spine, enabling ministers to view economic information in real time.
The Counterculture Room: Monitor videos (2016/2016) by Manuela Garretón, Isidora GonzálezLondon Design Biennale
This project was called 'Cybersyn', and it was in part the work of a Briton: the brilliant, maverick cyberneticist Stafford Beer.
Chile's installation - curated by Andrés Briceño Guitierrez and Tomás Vivanco Larraín, and designed by FabLab Santiago - rebuilds the Cybersyn experience.
Parawifi Module (2016/2016) by Luis Ramirez, Michel AguilarLondon Design Biennale
Cuba celebrated a political revolution in 1959; now it is on the cusp of a digital revolution, which is given structure in the installation 'PARAWIFI'.
For 'PARAWIFI', designers Luis Ramierz and Michel Aguilar propose clusters of pods, in which users can sit and relax as they plug into alternative realities.
Parawifi Film (2016/2016) by Luis Ramirez, Michel AguilarLondon Design Biennale
When you walk down the streets of Havana, or any of Cuba's cities, you see groups of young people hunched over their phones, crowded around the country's 135 wifi hotspots.
Memories of Syria are collected and shared through the installation, 'Le Bruit Des Bonbons - The Astounding Eyes of Syria', in a bid to preserve, stir up and share immaterial memories of its living heritage, and to provoke action. Benjamin Loyauté visited (refugee) camps such as the one in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon, to make a film on immaterial culture and word-objects.
Loyauté created pink damask sugar candy in the shape of an 'eye idol' - a mysterious Assyrian archaeological object discovered in 1937 by Max Mallowan, the function of which has never been decided.
The Astounding Eyes of Syria Film (2016/2016) by Benjamin LoyautéLondon Design Biennale
Utopia is Elsewhere (2015/2016) by Konstantin GrcicLondon Design Biennale
Split into two spaces - one light and the other dark - Germany's installation, 'Utopia Means Elsewhere', explores the psychological, subjective roots of the idea of utopia.
German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic's installation looks at the slippery and subjective nature of utopia.
Greek designers On-Entropy state that 'imperfections, veins and natural flaws render marble a map with deltas, uneven terrain and infinite routes'.
The landscape is presented as a place of heritage and desire; where nature and culture merge.
Chakraview Vestibule (2016/2016) by Curator: Rajshree Pathy; Designer: Sumant Jayakrishnan; Producer: India Design Forum; Graphic Artist: Hanif Kureshi; AV Design: Avinash KumarLondon Design Biennale
'India's utopias articulate the intersections between ancient myth and modern design innovations' says Rajshree Pathy, curator of India's installation.
The installation includes fabrics made by Aadyam, the weavers' intiative of the Aditya Birla Group.
Chakraview Inner Sanctum (2016/2016) by Curator: Rajshree Pathy; Designer: Sumant Jayakrishnan; Producer: India Design Forum; Graphic Artist: Hanif Kureshi; AV Design: Avinash KumarLondon Design Biennale
Human.touch - Louder (2016/2016) by Sharona MerlinLondon Design Biennale
Sharona Merlin's 'Louder' is a set of speakers for the deaf and hard of hearing, one that translates sounds into visual textures and one that creates vibrations that can be felt through the feet.
White Flag - Utopia as Surrender or Offering (2016/2016) by Designers: Antonio Aricò; Associato Misto; Marco Campardo and Lorenzo Mason; Cristina Celestino; Matteo Cibic; CTRLZAK Studio; Francesco D'Abbraccio (Studio Frames); Folder; Alessandro Gnocchi; Francesca Lanzavecchia (Lanzavecchia + Wai); Lucia Massari; Giacomo Moor; Eugenia Morpurgo; Rio Grande (Lorenzo Cianchi, Natascia Fenoglio, Francesco Valtolina); Sovrappensiero Design Studio; Alessandro Stabile; Studio Gionata Gatto; Studio Zanellato/Bortotto; Gio Tirotto; 4P1B Design Studio. Curated by Silvana Annicchiarico, Giorgio Camuffo. Commissioned by the Triennale Design MuseumLondon Design Biennale
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?
Asylum Sea(k) tells the story of some of the great migratory flows that have crossed the Mediterranean since 2012. The white flag, which should be a symbol of consolidated truce, witnesses the failures of a European policy which is unprepared to deal with these flows.
A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe: The Travellers Bag (2016/2016) by Yasuhiro SuzukiLondon Design Biennale
As in all of Suzuki's work, it is a play between contradiction and affinity, of unexpected and delightful connections and hidden patterns. He hopes to break down and reinvent cultural differences, and nurture a sense of commonality.
Mezzing in Lebanon (2016/2016) by Curator and lead designer: Annabel Karim Kassar RIBA Design team: Annabel Karim Kassar, Rabih Zeidan, Violaine Jeantet, Maria Buontempo, Nehmat Alameh, Marie Robin, Chistophe Hascoët, Isabelle Rolland, Alain Pin, Mustapha Hijazi, Maxwell Sterry, Francesca Cantien Guest designers: Georges Mohasseb, Rana Salam, Zawarib Guest artisans: Blatt Chaya, Henri Goshn, Amer El Lahibi Café : Beiruti café by Mourad MazouzLondon Design Biennale
Architect Annabel Karim Kassar's inspiration for the Biennale comes from the activities of everyday Lebanese people, with the focus on a city street as a workshop for designing and making.
The show of humble street materials and objects aims to show design as an evolving process, rather than a finished product.
Fernando Romero's 'Border City' synthesises the urban forms of the past with the challenges of the future. "The principal challenge is to create a system that is realistic and easy to implement in communities and countries that are located in a border situation and are still developing,' Romero says. These difficult "border situations", such as Mexico's frontiers with the United States, are likely to multiply across the world as populations grow and migration increases.
Ụlọ - Noflaresjustlight (2016/2016) by Gozi OchonogorLondon Design Biennale
Reaching for Utopia - Tangen (2005/2011) by Municipality of Kristiansand; County Council for Disabled; TUAS (Tangen utviklingsselskap AS) Landscape Architects:Grønn Strek ASLondon Design Biennale
Each project has a 'co-creation' strategy. Onny Eikhaug says the power of the approach is that it leads to better environments and more innovative solutions that could not happen otherwise.
Reaching for Utopia - Bergen Light Rail (2006/2017) by Client: Bergensprogrammet (Hordaland fylkeskommune, Bergen kommune, Statens vegvesen)Architects:Arkitektgruppen CubusDesigners:Fuggibaggi, KontrapunktMaster Planner:NorconsultLondon Design Biennale
An ambitious government action plan to make Norway 'inclusively designed' by 2025 is under way, with examples of accessible design leading the way.
Reaching for Utopia - Inclusive Design in Practice (2016/2016) by Onny Eikhaug, Victoria Høisæther, Linda FalangLondon Design Biennale
Norway's exhibition explains the philosophy of people-centred design and displays a range of successful examples through text, images and video.
Daalaan Game Silkscreens (2015/2016) by Hina Fancy, Ali S Husain, Faiza AdamjeeLondon Design Biennale
The exhibition features elements of traditional craft - sheesham wood objects. Lattoo Stools (spinning tops), hand-drawn artworks and screen prints made using natural henna dyes.
These 'forgotten projects' were created at the All-Union Soviet Institute of Technical Aesthetics (VNIITE) from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Alexandra Sankova of the Moscow Design Museum says 'The history of Soviet design is completely forgotten. In the 90s, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the state design system was broken down'
DenCity 1:500 (2016/2016) by URBANUS Architecture & DesignLondon Design Biennale
Curator Xiaodu Liu describes the serious issue of land shortage in Shenzhen: 'As one of the fastest growing cities in human history, Shenzhen is faced with the challenge of housing more citizens in an already dense city.'
Porky Hefer designed a series of hanging nests in the form of animals, into which visitors can climb. 'They're experimental and transformative and encourage you to see a different universe'.
VR Polis - Diving into the Future (2016/2016) by DimeloamiProductions/inmediastudioLondon Design Biennale
The 'utopian' future city is represented through an immersive 360-degree virtual reality film. In this ideal Santander of 2100, technology has brought about a new harmony between citizens and nature.
It presents an intriguing counter-strategy to the existing model of unethical, far-flung, large-scale mass production.
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.
Architect Chacha Atallah, working in collaboration with artist Haythem Zakaria, reflects on the fragile foundations of so-called utopias with the installation 'Pulse Diagram'. Composed of 54 pylons linked to each other by charred beams, created using an ancient Japanese technique that scorches the wood to extend its lifespan.
The Wish Machine (2016/2016) by Design Team: Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar (Autoban) Project Team: Çağla Gürbay, Zeynep Akten Curatorial advisors: Paul McMillen, Zehra Uçar, Koray Malhan Graphic design: Umut Südüak Commissioned by: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)London Design Biennale
Curator Rashid Bin Shabib sees design as essentially a problem-solving practice, rather than a path to utopia. He wanted to inspire visitors to the Biennale to observe traditional methods as adaptive forms that can still be used in modern society.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby's installation 'Forecast' moves with the wind, evoking the UK's nautical history and its future use of renewable energy. "Today, the UK is a world leader in offshore wind energy. Forecast is intended to reference this and highlight the opportunity for a more sustainable future."
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'The Immersion Room', an interactive installation of digitised wallpapers from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's collection, illustrates how we can create ideas of utopia within our own home. Greg Herringshaw, Cooper Hewitt's Curator of Wallcoverings says "whether the vision of utopia is surrounding oneself with master artworks, views of foreign lands or secret gardens, luxe surfacing or Brutalist environs, wallpapers can convert the simplest interiors into any of these ideas."
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
International Relations Managers: Martha Pym and Kathryn Simpson
Project Consultant: Joanne Dodd
Project Manager: Sara Black
Project Assistant: Mary Angove
Events Manager: Eleni Kaponis
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