London Design Biennale announced details of the second edition, taking place at Somerset House from 4 – 23 September 2018 during London Design Festival. Over 40 countries will present work responding to the theme ‘Emotional States’, across the entirety of the site.

London Design Biennale, 4-23 September 2018, is an independent production from the founders of London Design Festival. The curated, three-week long Biennale is a prestigious global event, which will bring over 40 of the world’s nations to exhibit newly commissioned works across the entirety of Somerset House.

Nations, territories and cities are increasingly recognising the power of design to bring social change and economic growth. London Design Biennale, now in its second edition, celebrates design as an international language and provides a platform for creativity.

Emotional States has been chosen to provoke a broad interpretation across design disciplines, with immersive and engaging installations that interrogate how design affects every aspect of people’s lives, and how it influences our very being, emotions and experiences.



Together the countries’ responses to the theme will present an exciting laboratory of ideas that will investigate the important relationship between design, strong emotional responses and real social needs. Sustainability, migration and conflict, civic responsibility, pollution, water, social equality, and innovative solutions for issues in 21st-century life are just some of the big issues of our time being explored.

London Design Biennale 2018 will see design installations from countries, cities and territories from six continents bringing visions of Emotional States to Somerset House, London.

Building on the enormous success of the inaugural London Design Biennale in 2016, this prestigious event is a highlight of the global cultural calendar, welcoming the world’s most exciting and ambitious designers, curators and cultural bodies to the capital. It will celebrate the universal power of design and explore the role of design in our collective futures.

In addition, further countries have been confirmed as participants. Colombia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia join Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and USA.

More info about the London Design Biennale 2018 here