Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 1 (2017)

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 10, 2017

From New Yorker covers to Instagram sketches, illustrator Christoph Niemann plays with abstraction and interactivity -- and questions authenticity.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

Tinker Hatfield's background in architecture and athletics sparked his game-changing shoe designs for Nike, including the iconic Air Jordan series.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

Stage designer Es Devlin crafts evocative sets for concerts, operas, plays and runway shows using light, film, sculpture -- and even rain.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

Architect Bjarke Ingels unites function, fantasy and sustainability in "pragmatic utopian" designs like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

As Fiat Chrysler's global head of design, Ralph Gilles steers the brand into the future with sleek new sports cars and a self-driving electric van.

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Graphic designer Paula Scher paints with words, developing the visual language of iconic brands and institutions around the world.

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Platon's fearless portraits capture the souls of world leaders and ordinary people. A shoot with Gen. Colin Powell provides a window into his process.

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Interior designer Ilse Crawford creates spaces and objects that engage the senses and promote well-being, from high-end hotels to Ikea furniture.

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Design and designers from every variety are discussed.

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Critic Reviews for Abstract: The Art of Design Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

It is fascinating to see this sort of focus applied to the creation of what we might otherwise take for granted, and appreciate not just the art, but the artist behind this work.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

If the first season of "Abstract" settles the question of design's cool cultural status, maybe it can also lead to a new version of the conversation (in Season 2?) about what design is, and why we should care.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…
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It is impressive enough to leave you wishing it might have dug deeper and been a shade less boosterish about its subjects.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Insightful design docu highlights innovators, has cursing.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's also a ton of fun, with lots of great nuggets of info - like the influence Paris' Pompidou Center had on Nike design - that you'll likely find yourself telling others at work and parties after you've watched the series.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

"Abstract" is an invigorating series showing how much thought and effort goes into the objects in our lives, both the grand and the everyday.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 1

  • Apr 16, 2020
    كيف يعمل خيال المصممين الذين يشكلون العالم من حولنا؟ وثائقي يصحبك في حلقات تستكشف ما وراء الرسومات التصميمية المعقدة عن مبادئ التصميم في مختلف المجالات والتخصصات بأسلوب مبسط. ويتوغّلْ في عقول أكثر المصمّمين ابتكارًا في مجموعة متنوعة من المجالات؛ لنتعرّف على كيفية تأثير التصميم على كل وجه من وجوه الحياة.
  • Nov 06, 2017
    Little quirky, dazzled with funky animation and cinematography. Lacks the poise and elegance of Chef's Table. It's quirky nature often makes me wonder why am I watching this. Nonetheless it attracts people like me who likes art and design.
  • Jun 09, 2017
    thank you netflix. gave me a very positive vibe
  • Mar 25, 2017
    "Abstract" take us to the minds of this amazing designers that in her own perception of desing are guiding us through their personal abstract process, in order to archive great desing. It`s also really personal in the way that this artist are presenting their own lives, desires, and even sometimes fears, and how all of this, encourage and inspire themselfs in order to create a magnificent piece of art. That gets designated desing.
  • Mar 02, 2017
    Episode 1: A new unique show that really show the other side of something I've never seen before. I can tell how difficult it was for both the artist and director to figure out how to fill an hour, but every moment still managed to be unique, moving and inspirational. Utterly amazing! Episode 4: This episode was VERY INTERSTING BUT I DID FIND IT BORING AT TIMES. I really admire BJARKE and how he's changing architecture and was surprised to learn how out of the box some architects think. This provided me with a perspective iI had never come across before.
  • Feb 12, 2017
    an absolute must-watch if you're into any design form and surely one of the best tv series/documentary Netflix productions released so far.

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