DetailsLondon Design Biennale’s fourth edition, ‘The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations’, will take place this year from 1 to 25 June at Somerset House. The Biennale will bring together participants from across the globe, inspiring audiences through world-leading design, innovation, and creativity. The theme of this year’s Biennale invites participants to imagine and enact new forms of international cooperation through the medium of design. Over 40 exhibitors from around the world will showcase world-leading design, confronting global challenges and inspiring audiences with thought-provoking and interactive installations.
This edition’s Artistic Director is the Nieuwe Instituut, the Netherlands’ national museum and institute for architecture, design and digital culture, led by General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen. The Nieuwe Instituut is experimenting with the Biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions by asking participants not only to explore themes of collaboration but to collaborate with each other with the help of an online game. ‘The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations‘ prompts and encourages participants to find new ways of partnering with each other.
Alongside the pavilions and special projects, new to the Biennale in 2023 is Eureka, an initiative from the producers of the London Design Biennale and London Design Festival. Eureka is a showcase of design-led innovation changing the world from leading research centres. This exhibition will spotlight the ground-breaking interdisciplinary creative thinking taking place inside university research departments, demonstrating the importance of invention and creativity from the world’s future problem-solvers.
The first exhibitors to be announced include: Canterbury Christ Church University; Centre for Natural Material Innovation, Cambridge University; the Design Age Institute at the Royal College of Art; Glasgow School of Art; King’s College London; Kingston University; Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University; the UK’s National Centre for Ageing (NICA); University of Strathclyde; University of the Arts London.
Pentagram has created the 2023 visual identity using the theme as a starting point. The design delves into the concept of origins, borders and collaboration with the layers of visuals to create a 3D element to bring the idea of the Biennale as an experience to life.
Established in 2016 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans CBE, London Design Biennale promotes international collaboration and the global role of design with exhibitions and installations that demonstrate the ambition to create universal solutions to problems which concern us all.