During our trip to London Design Festival 2018, we made sure to spend time at the incredible and thought provoking London Design Biennale. This year, 40 countries, cities and territories united under one roof at the beautiful Somerset House to reveal how design influences our emotions inspired by the theme ‘Emotional States’. 

On the last day of our time in London, we headed to the exhibition to witness some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital showcase how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives. Upon arrival we are greeted with the long queue of visitors waiting to get a closer look at ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ (Disobedience) by Greece, despite the wet weather. Comprised of a 17 metre-long wall, the installation encourages visitors to imagine a world in which buildings, boundaries and walkways morph and adapt in response to human intent, shedding light on a potential future for cities.

Shortly after we enter the venue we spot TEK's homeland Norway's exhibit 'Play For All' which showcases how robots and virtual gaming can be tools of inclusive design, transforming the lives of students who are to ill to attend school. 

The next display to really leave an impression on us was The Netherlands ‘Power Plant’, a futuristic greenhouse that uses sunlight to generate food and electricity, designed to allay fears of humanity’s future.

Something we were really impressed with, the reasoning for why this exhibit deserved an entry of

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London Design Biennale.

it's own is the way that each of these locations took the theme and interpreted it in their own way. Other exhibits that stood out to us were Brazil's 'Desmatamento ~ a reaction to deforestation, Guatemala's 'Palpó' ~ an installation looking at Pintando Santa Catarina Palpó's attend to boost tourism and Vietnams 'Khài' ~ a contemporary exploration of textile production. 

Each year London Design Biennale congratulates four medal winners and this year Latvia were awarded 'Best Design' for their interactive installation consisting of a meditative space, in which visitors explored the relationship between people and nature. The green glass encouraged visitors to leave a message, made visible via condensation ~ an expression of emotion that will disappear within minutes. It is a statement about the ways in which nature can cover over human traces and it was the installation that noticably got everyone involved (including us!).

Towards the end of our journey through the exhibits, we stumbled across Australia's 'Full Spectrum', a rainbow coloured celebration of the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the form of circular, freestanding structure, from which hangs a rainbow-coloured light screen. 

Going from each country, to city, to territory at London Design Biennale was a truly thought provocative experience which made the TEK team question how how design really does influences our emotions.

London Design Biennale 2019 ~ 

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