Russia is among the first medal winners at the London Design Biennale, receiving the award for “the most inspiring interpretation of the Biennale’s 2016 theme” of Utopia by Design at a ceremony at Somerset House on Thursday.
Russia is represented at the Biennale by an installation by Alexandra Sankova, director of the Moscow Design Museum, which showcases a collection of “forgotten” works invented by visionary Soviet designers.
The jury included British architect Richard Rogers, co-founder of London Design Festival Ben Evans, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and V&A director Martin Roth, who recently stepped down from his role at the museum.
Other projects to win medals were the Lebanese installation Mezzing in Lebanon by architect Annabel Karim Kassar, which the jury awarded the London Design Biennale Medal 2016. Event sponsor Jaguar gave the Jaguar Innovation Medal to the team of seven designers from Switzerland led by Giovanna Lisignoli, who presented In-between: The Utopia of the Neutral.
The first London Design Biennale will run until 27 September at Somerset House. More information can be found here.
Calvert 22 are delighted to partner with the Moscow Design Museum for a screening of Design In the USSR – a rare short documentary that accompanies the exhibition – on Monday 19 September. You can find out more and book your ticket here.