16th September 2016

London always has something new and exciting to offer, and this September it’s the first ever London Design Biennale. The exhibition runs until the 27th September at Somerset House and presents design works based around the theme of ‘Utopia by design’.

Utopia by Design – what does this mean?

The idea behind the theme is to create unity between the countries and territories who are exhibiting designs at the biennale. That total includes more than 30 in total, from across 6 continents. The design teams from across the world were encouraged to create pieces for the exhibition that challenge the utopian ideal and in doing so, confront humanitarian issues.

What to see?

With installations from around the globe, there’s plenty to see at the biennale. Here are two country’s designs that are not to be missed.


Belgium’s installation looks at the idea of ‘EUtopia’. With Brussels being the administrative capital of the European Union, the idea of a EUtopia is central to the country - but does the Brexit vote mean this utopia is falling apart?


From across the other side of the globe, Australia’s installation explores pollution. Plastic can be considered a ‘utopian’ material, but it has a negative environmental impact with thousands of tonnes of debris being washed up on Australia’s coastline each year.

The Design Biennale is an exciting addition to London’s cultural calendar and one to catch before September is out!

By Alicia Birch, Tour Co-ordinator at Adaptable Travel

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