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    Moscow Design Museum Wins International Accolade at London's 1st Design Biennale

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    Russia's creative design contributions are currently being showcased at this months very first London Design Biennale, and they are among the very first beneficiaries awarded for design innovation at the 3-week-long festival in Central London.

    Alongside Switzerland and Lebanon, Moscow Design Museum's representation of Russia's growing design industry showcases a thought-provoking installation as an "archive of forgotten Soviet designs" throughout history. 

    Spanning the pre-revolutionary to Soviet periods and all the way through to more contemporary Russian design trends, an esteemed jury of leading architects and organizing members of the festival decided that it was one of many most inspiring interpretations for the overall biennale theme, "Utopia by design."

    Russian exhibit at the London Design Biennale 2016
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    Russian exhibit at the London Design Biennale 2016

    Sputnik spoke to Natalia Goldchteine from the Moscow Design Museum about receiving the award.

    "We are absolutely thrilled at receiving such an unexpected honor and it really is a result from over 4 years of hard work and research by our team in Moscow.

    "To receive such recognition from the international community in the world of design makes this award that much more special. We owe a great deal of thanks to our supporters who include the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and we hope we can continue to encourage more innovation from what is a relatively young design industry in our country," Natalia Goldchteine told Sputnik.  

    The three week takeover at Somerset House in Central London takes visitors on an "around-the-world" journey through both contemporary and historical design exhibits and with an entertaining and inspiring exploration of the role it plays in all of our collective futures worldwide. 

    London Design Biennale 2016
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    London Design Biennale 2016

    Lebanon's interpretation of Beirut's street markets to the banks of the Thames also shared first honors during the first week of the festival, as did the contribution of Switzerland designers, who conveyed a concept of "neutrality" as part of their "utopian" design vision. 

    Artist Adrien  Rovero from Switzerland looks  at  utopia  as  a  process  of  sighting.  His  approach  builds  on  our  ability  to  discover  the magnitude  of  stimuli  hidden  within  our  immediate surroundings.
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    Artist Adrien Rovero from Switzerland looks at utopia as a process of sighting. His approach builds on our ability to discover the magnitude of stimuli hidden within our immediate surroundings.

    A number of other awards will also be announced whilst the festival commences at Somerset House in Central London and works from over 30 international regions are on show including from India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, UK and many more. 

    Further info on the festival can be found via the festival website.

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