Art director Hannah Robinson explores the need for more cultural diversity at London Design Festival to reflect the young emerging talent in the city.
In the networked, digital age, the design world is changing. As younger generations across the globe re-evaluate and celebrate their rich cultural heritage, collaboration and cultural influence could herald a positive future for the world of design.
During London Design Festival, NOW Gallery’s Design Salon with Nigerian furniture designer Yinka Ilori asked: How does multiculturism influence London’s unique design DNA? The public discussion examined London Design Festival’s lack of cultural diversity, with opinions from practitioners across fashion, art and photography who are shaping the creative landscape of London’s design world. The need for increased visual representation of non-white designers at Design Week plus increased collaboration with cultural institutions were explored in a bid to foster greater cross-cultural collaboration and new global design thinking in the future.
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Do good because of tomorrow, Design Salon with Yinka Ilori at NOW Gallery for London Design Festival. Photography by Andy Stagg