Greek pavilion at the 2018 London Design Biennale. Photography: Ed Reeve

26 May 2020: Some of London’s biggest design events have pulled the plug on 2020 – instead, they’re planning to return next year.

London Design Biennale – which would have hosted its third edition this year – London Design Fair and Clerkenwell Design Week have all postponed their dates, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Clerkenwell Design Week has promised to return in May next year, while the Biennale has been pushed to June 2021.

The Swedish pavilion at the 2019 London Design Fair.
The Swedish pavilion at the 2019 London Design Fair. Photography: Marina Jackler

They’re not the first design events to be affected by lockdown, with Milan’s Salone del Mobile cancelled earlier in the year and the Venice Biennale postponing until May 2021. Burning Man also announced its first-ever cancellation, after a 34-year unbroken run.

In response to the difficulties around hosting an actual event, London Design Biennale says it’s currently working on a new platform that will enable the international design community to ‘collaborate and exchange radical ideas.’ More details are set to follow in the coming weeks.

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