Inside the Screen: Top Interior Design TV Shows and Documentaries
This week we are doing things a little differently. For the past few months, we have been sharing with you some of the most inspiring, jaw-dropping and just overall amazing design works done for both the big and the small screen. We have shown you how great productions like Game of Thrones and even feature films such as Carol benefit from having some of the best production design teams behind them, and how these teams worked to create the worlds we get to live in for one hour every week. Now it is time to get to know some of the best interior design tv shows and documentaries that you should start watching today!
If you know who Iris Apfel is, you have to see this documentary. And if you don’t know who Iris Apfel is, you have to see this documentary even more! Focusing on the life of one of the most famous interior designers and overall fashionistas of the 20th century, the Iris Apfel documentary retells the story of the woman who worked for nine USA Presidents and had some of the most amazing shopping habits in the whole planet. A must-see documentary for any design and fashion lover! It is available on Netflix, so there are no excuses to miss it.
Launched on Netflix earlier this year, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ is a 10-part series that centers each episode on a different designer from today’s world. Much more than a series about interior design, this particular documentary focus of multiple disciplines such as illustration, footwear, stage design, architecture, graphic design, photography and even more! You will be able to step inside the minds of Christoph Niemann, Bjarke Ingels, Es Devlin, Ilse Crawford and get to know how they work and bring their projects to life.
Objectified is a feature-length documentary that sheds some light on the importance of manufactured objects and the people who design them, as well as the complex relationship we maintain with them in our daily lives. It is a thrilling documentary on the people who design, reinterpret, reinvent and re-evaluate the objects that compose our reality. It is a journey through the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers that you really shouldn’t miss.
REGULAR OR SUPER: VIEWS ON MIES VAN DER ROHE
Launched more than 10 years ago – in 2004 – this documentary on the life and works of mid-century modern architect Mies Van der Rohe is still as current today as it was then. It might not exactly be about interior design, but it is still a super interesting feature for anyone who takes an interest in the mid-century modern style. “The story of that gas station serves as the point of departure for Regular or Super, which examines Mies’ entire body of work (more than 70 buildings) and a sparse style that reflects his motto that less is more.”, in Amazon.
DESIGN IS ONE: LELLA & MASSIMO VIGNELLI
The feature-length documentary by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra follows the life of one of the most known couples in the design world. Together they co-founded one of New York’s biggest design studios – Vignelli Associates. They are probably best known for having created the iconic New York Subway map, as well as the interiors of St Peter’s Church and Bloomingdale’s department store. This wonderful documentary brings us into their daily lives filled with work issues that capture the couples’ intelligence and creativity.
THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF HERBERT MATTER
Another great documentary for all the mid-century modern style lovers, ‘The Visual Language of Herbert Matter’ is a look at the life of the highly influential mid-century modern design master Herbert Matter. He is “largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.” (from the film’s website)