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Bjarke Ingels, Ilse Crawford And Other World-Class Designers Featured In New Netflix Docuseries

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If you are anything like us, sometimes a good weekend means cozying up next to your furry friend and binging on Netflix. This weekend we will be watching Netflix's new docuseries "Abstract: The Art of Design" about how world-class designers are shaping the world around us. Each of the eight episodes highlights one particular designer. Fans of architecture and real estate cannot miss the episodes focusing on prominent architect Bjarke Ingels and interior design icon Ilse Crawford.

The series from the former editor-in-chief of Wired is a look into both the work of famous designers, and the process. What does a 9-5 workday look like for an illustrator? How do you continue to reinvent the world's most iconic shoe for over two decades? Each designer has his or her own unique version of what design means. 


Architect Bjarke Ingels (above) let viewers look behind the scenes as he works on Copenhagen's newest ski slope in what he calls "a documentary version of inception." In recent years Ingels and the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have risen to prominence with high-profile projects across the globe like West 57 in NYC and Grove at Grand Bay in Miami. In 2016 Ingels was the featured designer of the Serpentine Summer House in London, an architectural honor given to the likes of Zaha Hadid and Toyo Ito.

Ilse Crawford, known for her work at Soho House in New York, shares her work designing IKEA's newest line of home furniture. Crawford captures the essence of the series in her particularly articulate way, "Design is not just a visual thing. It’s a thought process. It’s a skill. Ultimately, design is a tool to enhance our humanity. It’s a frame for life." 

The show also features New Yorker illustrator Christoph Niemann; shoe designer Tinker Hatfield, creator of the Air Jordan; stage designer Es Delvin, who designed the closing ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics; photographer Platon, who has photographed the world's best-known figures; Ralph Giles, the award-winning automotive designer at Chrysler; and graphic designer Paula Scher, the mind behind the brand identities of MOMA and the NYC Ballet. 

This weekend, chill your beverage of choice, turn on the TV, and dive into the world of deep design.