London is cementing its reputation as an international design hub with the launch of the city's first ever Design Biennale in partnership with Jaguar at Somerset House. Open to the public for three weeks, the event features innovative installations, artworks, prototypes and designs from 37 countries and territories. The theme of the event 'Utopia by Design' forms part of Somerset House's wider year-long program UTOPIA 2016: A year of Imagination and Possibility, which marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's groundbreaking text. The broad ranging brief has inspired a hugely varied output of inspiring work, which includes everything from imaginings of future cities to unrealised utopian proposals of the past in the form of kinetic sculptures, immersive digital installations, culinary pop-ups, virtual reality experiences and more. Important issues facing mankind today such as sustainability, migration, conflict and pollution are tackled head on by a roster of world-leading designers. The UK's entry promises to be particularly spectacular – the brainchild of acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Curated by the V&A Museum, the 14-metre kinetic sculpture explores the nation's relationship with wind energy, occupying the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. 

The Design Biennale is open daily from 11am, running until the 27th of September.
Tickets can be bought from Ticketmaster here.
www.londondesignbiennale.com

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