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London Design Biennale 2018

Soda visits LDB 2018 ....
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London Design Biennale 2018

From full colour spectrums with magnificent lighting to powerful sustainability projects, this year’s London Design Biennale was in full creative swing! In an interesting twist, the 2nd annual event’s theme of ‘emotional states,’ reflected universal emotions during such global turbulent times. In an effort to portray just that, many of the exhibits showcased the relationship between design, emotional response, and human social needs. We made sure to hit up the London scene for all the latest and greatest installations from the most brilliant minds in design. Here are some of our favourites of what the biennale had to offer…

Australia: Flynn Talbot’s ‘Full Spectrum’

If we’re lucky enough, we know what love feels like. But do any of us really know what love looks like in the most visual sense of the word? Evidently, some nations are interested in finding out. Australia recently became the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage. Inspired by his native country’s latest demonstration of love and openness, Flynn Talbot set out to combine the senses in an effort to give people the complete visceral experience when walking under his ‘Full Spectrum.” Visitors were awed by the circular, free-standing structure hanging from a rainbow-coloured light screen made from 150 strands of fibre-optic light. Encompassing pride and basic love of humanity, this masterpiece reminds us that love truly knows no bounds, especially for those brave enough to bask in every colour of its light.

Brazil: 'Desmatamento' by David Elisa Design Studio

This imaginary portal into the beautiful yet fragile world that is the Amazon rainforest was a real eye-opener. ‘Desmatamento’ was created with the intention of giving a voice to those concerned with the current state of our ecosystem as well as sharing the beauty and emotional significance of the rainforest to Brazil. Stools crafted from sustainably produced wood line the room that visitors enter while in the center lies a projected image of the tropical rainforest topography. Visitors gained insight into current preservation efforts along with the huge emotional toll the continuing deforestation will take if nothing is done. If one thing is clear, human emotion is a vital part of the environment’s ability to thrive in a world that seems so content with its own destruction.    

Colombia: 'Triada' by Tu Taller Design studio & partners

Despite pain and sadness, happiness and peace are never too far beyond reach. Colombia-- a nation whose past is seen as riddled with hardship and violence-- finds strength in rewriting its narrative. Exploring sounds and images that are designed to instil a range of emotions, the exhibit is made up of a circuit that allows people to pass from negative and positive states. Despite the negative image of Colombia’s culture and society, ‘Triada’ was seen as an opportunity to celebrate the love and pride for their country. For all those who stop by, this installation is meant to inspire one with the power of moving forward. While denying one’s past is rarely the answer, that doesn’t mean one has to be defined by it.

Greece: ANTYIIAKOH (Disobedience) by Nassia Inglessis

Imagine a world in which buildings and other structures bend in response to human intent. That’s what being inside Nassia Inglessis’ 17m long kinetic wall felt like. This structure challenged our perception of design and architecture as something static. Disobedience remains a powerful theme against the backdrop of a nation known for rising above the fray for the sake of humanity. Within this incredibly interactive installation, people were allowed to step inside the wall and marvel as the skin flexes and morphs in response to their movements. It’s safe to say that visitors left this experience with their eyes wide open to the realm of possibilities.

Dundee: Schpeel by Biome Collective

Designed with the goal of improving the city’s mental health crisis, Dundee’s Schpeel prototype explores how gaming and virtual technology can be used as a tool to do just that. It allows young people in distress to communicate their feelings without having to use words-- something quite groundbreaking to say the least. 

Lebanon: The Silent Room by Nathalie Harb

Silence. It’s quite an underrated commodity. Lebanon’s installation, however, offered an abundance of it through its censored room design that doesn’t allow much distractions from the outside. The constant noises found within the sprawling urban scene of London can be quite deafening at times-- and hard to escape at that. With dim lighting, a minimum of visual information, and the fabric-lined floors, the Silent Room offered a nice reprieve for those in need of one.

The Netherlands: Power Plant by Marjan van Aubel

If anything spoke to the future of design and sustainability, it was Marjan van Aubel’s Power Plant. This greenhouse of wonders utilised the power of the sun to generate both food and electricity. It spoke to the many possibilities of design and function being on common ground with beauty. 

Sweden: ‘Coal: Post Fuel’ by Jasper Eriksson

It seems people may want coal in their stockings after all. Or at least, those interested in design and sustainability will. Once only seen for the value in its destruction, coal was featured in Jesper Eriksson’s installation to consider its possibility as an organic material for architecture and interior design. Pushing the boundaries of what we thought we knew, ‘Coal: Post Fuel’ imagined an alternative future for the substance, showing that even coal holds emotional value.

Turkey: Tabanlıoğlu Architects’ ‘housEmotion’

Are a house and a home always synonymous? It’s often hard to tell. The cubic form is made up of rows of white rods all spaced apart, lending the cubic structure a sense of transparency. Going off the idea that home is where we start from, this installation explores the question of where we belong in a world of increasingly transient living. Is a house truly a home? This design leaves that for you to decide.

United Arab Emirates: Time is Subjective by Tinkah Design Team

Can you think of anything more precious than time? Not many can. For the people of the United Arab Emirates, however, time is a concept that does not faze. After all, this is a nation who transformed itself from vast desserts to urban skylines within a mere half century-- a testament to their sheer determination. Tinkah’s installation is made up of a series of hourglasses arranged in rows, suspended in mid-air and rotating intermittently, giving the sense that time is a tangible thing. Developing at unprecedented speed, the 7 Emirates continues to prove that time truly is subjective. Like anything in life, it’s not how much you have-- it’s how you choose to spend it.

  • Photography by Ed Reeve
  • Words by Kristina Mendoza-Cabrera
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