London Design Biennale 2018

40 countries, cities and territories exhibited at Somerset House from 4-23 September 2018, revealing how design influences our emotions. London Design Biennale will return in 2020. A highlight of the global design calendar, London Design Biennale saw some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to show how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives.

In response to the theme Emotional States, participants from six continents exhibited engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House. In an exhibition of outstanding ideas and creativity, international design teams illustrated how design can challenge, delight, educate and surprise.

London Design Biennale awarded four medals to the best contributions from the participating countries, cities and territories. There were four categories:

  • London Design Biennale 2018 Medal, awarded to the most outstanding overall contribution, supported by Poly Culture Group: Egypt
  • London Design Biennale 2018 Emotional States Medal, awarded for the most inspiring interpretation of the 2018 theme, supported by Panasonic: United States
  • London Design Biennale 2018 Best Design Medal, awarded to the contribution with the most exceptional design, supported by Princess Yachts: Latvia
  • London Design Biennale 2018 Public Medal, voted for by visitors: Guatemala

The first three medals were selected by the Biennale’s International Jury, a group of 14 world-leading design experts and influencers. As part of the exhibition, Room 17 of Somerset House was dedicated to the medals and this year’s winners. The Public Medal was voted for by visitors to Somerset House. The 2018 medals were designed by Shimell and Madden.

In 2018, two honourable mentions were also awarded by the Jury to Poland & China for their installations.

Installation by Zein Khalifa (Tintera) and Cairobserver
Installation by Latvian National Museum of Art, Decorative Arts and Design Museum

Installation by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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