Exhibition from Turkey at 1st London Design Biennial
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Held from 7-27 September 2016 under the theme ’Utopia by Design’, the inaugural London Design Biennial will be held at Somerset House and bring together installations and exhibitions from up to 40 countries. The biennial will be produced by the team who created the London Design Festival such as Sir John Sorrel (President), Dr. Christopher Turner (Director) and Ben Evans (Executive Director).
Embracing a national representation model, the London Design Biennale will bring together installations from up to 40 countries and Turkey’s contribution will be coordinated by The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The Foundation has formed a Selecting Committee, under the leadership of artist and communication advisor Paul McMillen, with the participation of Koleksiyon’s furniture designer and brand director Koray Malhan, and architect Zehra Uçar. The committee invited internationally renowned multidisciplinary design studio Autoban. Founded by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar in 2003, Autoban is an Istanbul-based multi-disciplinary studio working across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, with a portfolio that demonstrates their unique design approach on both local and international scale.
For its inaugural year, the London Design Biennale invites participating countries to explore the theme, ’Utopia by Design’. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, Utopia (1516), a work of political philosophy that describes a fictional country and the ethnography of its contented inhabitants. Occupying the whole of the Somerset House site, the first ever London Design Biennale will bring together the world’s most exciting and innovative designers and will be a stage for debate, discussion and collaboration. Interrogating the history of the utopian idea and exploring the role of design in solving some of humanity’s most pressing issues, the London Design Biennale will be a laboratory of ideas that might contribute to making the world a better place.