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London Design Biennale 2018

4th to 23rd September, London Design Biennale saw some of the world’s most exciting designers, innovators and curators gather in the capital to show how design impacts our very being and every aspect of our lives.

In response to the theme Emotional States, participants from 40 countries, cities and territories exhibited engaging and interactive design installations across Somerset House.

Of those 40 design projects, Brilliant Stages was contracted to deliver 15 of them. This included installing, site managing and logistical arrangements for Australia, Greece, Pakistan, Guatemala and Berghaus to name but a few.

One project that Brilliant Stages produced for London Design Biennale was ‘Full Spectrum’, an idea created by Australian designer, Flynn Talbot.

Full Spectrum presented itself as a circular, freestanding structure, from which hung a rainbow- coloured light screen. The light screen was made from 150 strands of fibre-optic light, each one a constant changing colour. Visitors were able to touch and move through the light strands, feeling the coloured light in their hands, or they could simply stand within the space and be surrounded with a rainbow colour wash.

Talbot explained, ‘Responding to this years London Design Biennale theme of Emotional States, I wanted to explore a positive emotion, and represent a positive Australia. When same-sex marriage became legal in December 2017, there was instantly a new tangible feeling in the air of what love means. I was inspired by this new notion of love and decided I would use this as the starting point for my Australian pavilion.’

Photo Credit: Mark Cocksedge

We’re thrilled to see that Guatemala, one of the projects that Brilliant Stages delivered to London Design Biennale, won the 2018 Public Medal!

The country's submission put a spotlight on a project called “Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó,” in which artists and designers have attempted to turn an impoverished Guatemalan city around by enticing tourism through street art.

The design efforts were led by designer Diego Olivero from Olivero & Bland Studio, who - along with a team of designers, architects and local leaders - worked with the community to paint the town’s 800 houses using patterns inspired by local textiles.

The intention is to boost tourism by creating a unique and beautiful townscape, and by extension a viable local economy. “Santa Catarina Palopó shows how the force of social design can be used as a tool to create immediate positive impact,” says exhibition curator Cecilia Santamarina – Cultural Attaché.

Photo credit: Ed Reeve

What we did
  • Installing
  • Site Managing
  • Logistical Arrangements
  • 15 Projects