What we are watching now : Netflix
As we start to begin a new TV season, we wanted to share with you some shows that we think designers might like and what we are watching:
ABSTRACT : THE ART OF DESIGN
One of the best design documentaries we have seen in a long while, this one from Netflix delves into the thought process behind some of the top designers across all fields today. Abstract : The art of design features one episode per designer, allowing the user to truly experience the process by which each designer works. Designers featured are : Christoph Niemann, Illustrator for the New Yorker Magazine ; Tinker Hatfield, iconic Footwear Designer for Nike ; Bjarke Ingels, young charismatic Danish Starchitect ; Es Devlin, highly sought after Stageset Designer for Kanye West and other bands ; Paula Scher, Co-founder, Graphic Designer, and Artist for Pentagram ; Platon, Portrait Photographer of world leaders & celebrities ; Ilse Crawford, former Editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration (UK) and now head of her own design firm working for IKEA and others, and finally Ralph Gilles, Gobal Head of Automotive Design for Chrysler. A MUST WATCH SERIES (NETFLIX, 2017, on-demand, 8 episodes).
GRAND DESIGNS (UK)
From UK television comes host Kevin McCloud, who presents people that take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to often painful end. This interesting show, perhaps slow-paced for an American audience, spotlights evangelistic non-designers who are driven to undertake complex and often not easily achievable home building projects regardless of the perils. (NETFLIX, 1999, on-demand, 2 seasons, 16 episodes).
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW
The original that spun the American version, this baking show proves that it is probably simpler to buy it pre-made. Contestants bake their way to greatness proving they can make filo dough and many obscure world baking delights. Like the American version, this version has head judge Mary Berry ruling the British baking roost. A fun addictive time. (NETFLIX, 2016, on-demand, 3 seasons, 30 episodes)
A Netflix original series, this comedic look at a twenty-something girl’s quest to discover her passion for vintage fashion in 1990s San Francisco, is a nostalgic take on discovering your life direction. Part grunge Sex in the City with a feel of Juno, the lead actress is a complete revelation. We hope to see a lot more of Britt Robertson. (NETFLIX, 2017, on-demand, 1 season, 13 episodes).