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Abstract, The Art of Design

This is the recent Netflix produced TV documentary series called Abstract that takes an in-depth look into a number of designers from around the globe. It got my attention with architect Bjarke Ingles of world renowned Danish firm BIG. Bjarke is an interesting cat who’s had a meteoric rise in the industry with some of the largest commissions granted to a relative new comer. He talks about this and one of the reasons he believes he is able do so… building cheaply. The show also follows the process of his expansion into New York City along with the coveted Serpentine Pavilion commission in London. Great viewing.

Some others include Tinker Hatfield, the head shoe designer for Nike who was the man behind the Back to the Future 2 concept boot which was recently developed into the automatic lace-up EARL, soon to be released. Ralph Giles, head designer for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and parent company of Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Lancia & Masarati. Giles is a full-on rev head with a keen eye and loads of respect for the classics.

Excellent viewing and I’m looking forward to watching the rest: Interior Designer Isle Crawford, Stage Designer Es Devlin, Graphic Designer Paula Scher, Illustrator Christopher Niemann & Platon, Photographer.