London Design Biennale 2018 Medal
The London Design Biennale 2018 Medal, awarded to the most outstanding overall contribution, supported by Poly Culture was awarded to Egypt.
Modernist Indignation, curated by Mohamed Elshahed, was an elegy for a rapidly disappearing culture, seen through the prism of the first Arabic design magazine.
The Egyptian installation mourned the loss of the country’s modernist architecture, a rich heritage that has been left to ruin or violently erased, and asked the question: how can a design language that was once embraced by a society be so easily forgotten and denied a place in history?
Administering bodies: Zein Khalifa (Tintera) and Cairobserver
Design Team: Suzanne Gaballa (Lund Gaballa Architects), Nick Westby (Westby & Jones Ltd.), Ahmed Tahoun, Valerie Arif, Amarasri Songcharoen (Seam Design)
Curator: Mohamed Elshahed
Supporting Bodies: Orascom Development Holding, Pharos Holding for Financial Investments, Barjeel Art Foundation, British Council, Mrs Sherine Sawiris, Mrs Cherine Helmy
London Design Biennale 2018 Emotional States Medal
The London Design Biennale 2018 Emotional States Medal, awarded for the most inspiring interpretation of the 2018 theme, supported by Panasonic Design was awarded to the USA.
In Cooper Hewitt’s Face Values installation, live facial data became the basis of dynamic graphic images and provocative conversations between humans and machines. Visitors were invited to perform emotions and transform identities by interacting with original digital works by R. Luke DuBois and Zachary Lieberman, framed by a canopy of synthetic reeds designed by Matter Architecture Practice. A visual essay by Jessica Helfand explored the historical context of facial analysis.
- Administering Body: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Designers: Zachary Lieberman, R. Luke DuBois, Matter Architecture Practice, Jessica Helfand (Scholar)
- Curator: Ellen Lupton at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Supporting Bodies: Secretary/Under Secretaries of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board
London Design Biennale 2018 Best Design Medal
The London Design Biennale 2018 Best Design Medal, awarded to the contribution with the most exceptional design, supported by Princess yachts was presented to Latvia.
Latvia's interactive installation consisted of a meditative space, in which visitors explored the relationship between people and nature.
The installation served to comment on Latvian design, architecture and technology in the 21st century. Design with a long-term focus will create socially responsible and environmentally friendly design, that can coexist with nature and its inhabitants.
- Administering Body: Latvian National Museum of Art, Decorative Arts and Design Museum
- Design Team: Arthur Analts (Variant Studio)
- Curator: Arthur Analts (Variant Studio), Inese Baranovska (Decorative Arts and Design Museum)
- Supporting Bodies: Latvia 100, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA), Embassy of Latvia to United Kingdom
London Design Biennale 2018 Public Medal
The London Design Biennale 2018 Public Medal was awarded to Guatemala, as voted by visitors.
Guatemala’s installation told the story of Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó – an initiative that continues to seek to transform an impoverished town on Lake Atitlán by turning it into a monumental artwork. The design efforts were led by Designer Diego Olivero from Olivero & Bland Studio, a team of designers, architects and local leaders have worked with the community to paint the town’s 800 houses using patterns inspired by local textiles. Each family can choose from five colour combinations and a series of stencil designs, all based on the traditional huipil.
The intention is to boost tourism by creating a unique and beautiful townscape, and by extension a viable local economy. But it is also simply a means of engendering a sense of civic pride and building a greater connection between the Kaqchikel-speaking villagers and local and international tourism. “Santa Catarina Palopó shows how the force of social design can be used as a tool to create immediate positive impact,” said exhibition curator Cecilia Santamarina – Cultural Attaché.
- Administering Body: Embassy of Guatemala in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Curator: Cecilia Santamarina de Orive, Cultural Attache AdHonorem, Guatemalan Embassy UK
- Design Team: Olivero Bland Studio in Collaboration with Sylvia Denburg - Zyle
- Designers: Diego Olivero, Sylvia Denburg - Zyle, Juan Olivero, Thomas Bland, Andrés Velasquez, Diego Reyes, Sandra de Leon, Pablo Ramirez
- Supporting Bodies: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Guatemala, Pintando Santa Catarina Palopo, Cementos Progreso, PERENCO, INGUAT, Grupo Buena, Jaguar, Dario Escobar, CPS, Cemaco, Armet, Estudio Lucido, Chapin Films, Ministry of Economy Guatemala