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Award - Special Commendation for Spoon Archaeology at LDB


On June 24, London Design Biennale announced the winning pavilions of its third installment. In line with this year’s theme ‘Resonance’, entries to the Biennale from all over the world presented innovative and creative solutions to great challenges of our present, such as ecological and migration crises and implications of globalised economies. 

The jury - including Es Devlin, Paola Antonelli, Suhair Khan and Aric Chen among others -  awarded the contributions by Chile (Overall Design Medal), Venezuela (Theme Medal) and by the African Diaspora (Best Design Medal). The team behind the Israeli contribution “Boiler Room” won the vote for the Public Medal. For the first time in its history, the jury of the Biennale also gave a “special commendation” for “Spoon Archaeology”, calling the project “intelligent and beautiful”. “We must have left quite an impression on the jury”, says Thomas Geisler, curator of the exhibition. And not just on them: numerous design magazines, including FastCompany, dezeen and designboom, featured the project with extensive features on the collection of plastic cutlery. 

Originally intended as a “Rapid Response” at the Design Campus’ LAB, „Spoon Archaeology“ was originally not planned as the German entry to the London Design Biennale. If anything, this decision complicated the process: neither the curator, nor the designers were able to go to London for the opening of the exhibition. But the team is happy with the outcome: “A lot of work for 35 square meters, but it was worth it”, says Geisler. 

“Spoon Archaeology” will come to the Design Campus in September this year. 

Read more about the winners of London Design Biennale 2021 here.

Gates of the London Design Biennale 2021, © Ed Reeve