The first London Design Biennale will open this September from 7-27, at Somerset House with over 30 countries and territories participating. One of the participants is Southern Guild gallery from South Africa.
Nations from all the continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.
At the London Design Biennale you will see installations curated by the leading museums and design organisations in the world, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnº Magazine (Belgium), German Design Council, the MAK and Austria Design Net, Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, The Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum (UK). Design teams include architects, designers, scientists, writers and artists.
The London Design Biennale will explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. You will see engaging and interactive installations, innovations, artworks and proposed design solutions – all in an immersive, inspiring and entertaining tour of the world.
South Africa’s response to the theme was through suspending animal-cocoon environments. Together with the Southern Guild, directed by Trevyn and Julian McGowan, the soft pods envisage a playful and fun reaction to utopia, outlining how nature will always continue into the next world. After climbing into and sitting inside the spaces, people get the chance to view life from a different perspective where humans are not the number one importance.
Trevyn says: ‘pieces will appear to be floating, but are connected to a rope. its like a society dangling by a thread while inviting you in. the creatures welcome the inner beast to come out and play. they’re experiential and transformative and encourage you to see a different universe.’