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Building on the enormous success of the inaugural 2016 London Design Biennale, over 35 countries and cities will be welcomed to the second edition of this prestigious global event in response to the theme of ‘Emotional States’. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, entries will explore how design affects every aspect of our lives – the way we live and how we live – and influences our very being, emotions and experiences.
The 2018 London Design Biennale is devoted to the theme, Emotional States. Taking over the entirety of Somerset House, including The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace, it will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. Visitors will enjoy engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
A highlight on the global cultural calendar, the Biennale will see some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and cultural bodies gather in the capital to celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures.
The first edition of the London Design Biennale was in 2016, with the theme Utopia by Design. Visitors saw installations curated by the world’s leading museums and design organisations, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), German Design Council, the MAK (Austria), Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum (UK).