23 Oct 2018

Alumni show off creative talent at London Design Biennale

Adrian Jankowiak and David Stretton-Downes have pooled their design knowledge through their recent exhibit at the London Design Biennale held last month. 

The pair’s work, named ‘Refugees’ Pavilion: Inspiration through Creation’, featured co-operation with a number of current and former refugees. It aims to tell a story of survival through creativity, as designers across the world aim to tackle a growing number of issues facing refugees.

The Biennale, held at Somerset House in Covent Garden, is an annual showcase of international design and its impact on everyday life. This year’s event, which ran from 4-23 September under the theme ‘Emotional States’, saw representatives from 40 countries, cities and territories present their work.

Project Lead Designer Adrian, who graduated in 2010 with a B.Sc. in Industrial Design and Technology, runs the Nairobi Design Week, an annual festival which celebrates the role of African design in tackling social, economic and cultural issues on the continent and promotes it worldwide.

David, who also graduated in the same year with a B.Sc. in Product Design and Technology, is the founder and Creative Director of Vidan Lawnes, a London-based creative design agency. 

During the Biennale, the pair also joined forces to create the #LabelledHuman campaign, which encourages empathy with refugees and the avoidance of labels in society.

You can see more about Refugee’s Pavilion online.

Congratulations to Adrian and David on their recent success and we wish them the best of luck for the future.