This month-long festival of contemporary design will fill Somerset House with works from over 30 countries. Discover scratch and sniff wallpaper with whiffs of Hong Kong, run your fingers over a computer-generated condensation coating a pane of glass in Latvia’s installation and walk through 150 strands of fibre optic light inspired by Australia's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage.
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It's a quite expensive exhibition, but only a couple of rooms were really interesting. Everything else was quite disappointing, and i've struggled to see the connection to design in most of them.
I can't make up my mind about the LDB. On the one hand, some exhibitions were beautiful and thought-provoking and I've found myself telling everyone about how great they were. On the other, some of it was just dull. For example, Hong Kong's scratch and sniff wallpaper was amazing, and I would happily pay to immerse myself in Mongolia's boxes of soft wool again, but other exhibits really had me questioning the value for money of this exhibition.
The 2018 Design Biennale is worth a visit. The installations in the Somerset House open space are beautiful. If you have the chance of visiting when the day light is fading even better as you will see their light design in its full making the experience even more interesting as you have SH building surrounding it all. The exhibition is massive. Consider spending at least a couple of hours there. Some installations/artworks are beautifully presented, some use technology and full interaction underlining their statement, some makes you think if you understand art at all. Definitely after a whole hour there your senses are in full good 'alert' mode and your phone camera loaded with great images to be shared in the social media.