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A Showcase of African Design at Somerset House

Postponed from September 2020 The London Design Biennale is now taking place in June 2021 at London’s Somerset House. The Biennale promotes international collaboration and the global role of design with exhibitions and installations that “demonstrate the ambition to create universal solutions to problems which concern us all.” The theme for this showcase is Resonance exploring the ripple effect of ground-breaking design concepts on the way we live, and the choices we make.

The Pavilion of African Diaspora (PoAD)

Swiss-based Product designer Ini Archibong has created a heritage foundation for African designers in the diaspora to give them a sense of place and belonging. For the Biennale Archibong has created an architectural installation that is inspired by the mythology of the conch and cowrie shells emerging from the sand. The installation speaks to PoAD’s mission as a sanctuary to tell stories and create a reality where voices are recognised and respected for the diversity of their timbre.

Amplify, Ghana

Textile designer Chrissa Amuah and architect Alice Asafu-Adjaye have joined forces to create an installation that explores the conversation between Ghana and two of its former colonial rulers, Britain and Denmark, over four centuries.

Lotus of the Nile, Nile Region

A digital experience that takes you on a journey along the Nile and the 11 African countries it passes through, Lotus of the Nile combines tradition and culture through design, music and technology. The installation represents rebirth in Egyptian culture and invites visitors to create their own African song using sounds composed by musicians who have participated in the project. The designers have created a physical instrument based on traditional African string instruments such as the nyatiti (Kenya), udungu (Uganda) and masenqo (Ethiopia.

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For further information about The London Design Biennale visit: www.londondesignbiennale.com

[Image credits: The images shown are sourced from The London Design Biennale. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]

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