The courtyard at Somerset House on the Strand is well worth visiting at the moment, with Malta and Türkiye showcasing creative works as part of the London Design Biennale 2023.
Urban Fabric, the first Malta Pavilion presented at the London Design Biennale, is described as a fusion of art, architecture and innovative and sustainable design.
Project lead creative , Matthew Joseph Casha, explained that in this exhibit they re-contextualised the traditional Maltese village core.
He added that the installation merges two separate elements – traditional city planning and the Phoenician-Maltese tradition of fabric production and dyeing, while using wood and organic fabric that is sustainable and certified eco-friendly as its main components.
Representing Türkiye and occupying the south western corner of the courtyard is “Open Work” by artist Melek Zeynep Bulut.
Open Work is a performative space and a theatrical display, shaped by the metaphors of threshold and transformation. It is based on a discussion on the meanings of concepts that represent power, boundaries, and representation of social hierarchy.
The work, mostly designed with metal pieces, is based on the concepts of door, passage and threshold.
London Design Biennale 2023
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Runs until 30th June 2023