Friday, January 27, 2012

Interior Design Show Design Docs Festival, January 27-28

Last night, the 14th Interior Design Show (IDS) kicked off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Today, the Interior Design Show Design Docs Festival starts at the Convention Centre's North Building.

The films they will be presenting during the festival are Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs; Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes; Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman; Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day; William Krisel, Architect; Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler; Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight; and EAMES: The Architect & the Painter.

The IDS Design Docs Festival is presented by Esther E. Shipman, Marc Glassman and Design Onscreen. It continues until tomorrow.


IDS Design Docs Festival Schedule

Friday January 27, 2012
1PM : Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs & Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes
3PM : Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
5:30PM : Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day. Opening remarks by Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen followed by film & Q&A.

Saturday January 28, 2012
11:30AM : William Krisel, Architect
1:30PM : Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler
3:30PM : Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight
5:00PM : EAMES: The Architect & the Painter

Friday January 27, 2012

1 PM - Double Feature
Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs
Canadian Premiere

Desert Utopia traces the origins and growth of midcentury architecture in the modernist mecca of Palm Springs, California. The city boasts many landmark buildings by such modernist pioneers as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody and William Krisel. Jake Gorst’s film brings these unique structures alive and features never-before-seen archival footage of the architects and construction that makes Palm Springs a unique gem of design in the desert. (2010, Director Jake Gorst, 58 minutes)

Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes

Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes profiles the creative process of one of the most innovative designers working today, including her projects with manufacturers such as Vitra, Maharam and Royal Tichelaar. Dutch designer Hella Jongerius explores new visions for design, craft, art, textiles and technology in her products for everyday life. (2009, Amie Knox, 30 minutes)

3 PM
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Toronto Premiere

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. (2008, Director Eric Bricker, 83 minutes)

5:30 PM
Opening Remarks followed by film
Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day
Toronto debut with special reception featuring an introduction by Heather Purcell Leja, Executive Director of Design Onscreen and producer of Contemporary Days.

Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after World War II with striking furniture and textiles that signaled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. The film traces the Days’ personal and professional progression over the course of their careers, spanning more than seventy years—from their days at the Royal College of the Arts in the 1930s, through their long heyday at the forefront of British design, to their recent rediscovery by new generations of design aficionados. (2010, Director Murray Grigor, 77 minutes)

Saturday January 28, 2012

William Krisel, Architect
Canadian Premiere

Over the course of his sixty-year career, architect William Krisel has brought modernism to the masses, designing more than 40,000 individual housing units across the U.S. The documentary explores Krisel’s life and work, including his roots in 1930s China, his groundbreaking designs for modern living, and interviews with scholars, his contemporaries and family. “I’m a firm believer that good modern design can make your life happier, more productive and more enjoyable,” says Krisel. (2010, Director Jake Gorst, 85 minutes)

1:30 PM
Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler
Canadian Premiere

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel. Wexler applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to hundreds of structures, including the Palm Springs Airport, the Contemporary Resort at Disneyworld, and projects for clients such as Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra. Today his work provides inspiration for a new generation of architects. This film won the coveted Audience Award in the Art, Architecture and Design Category at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival. (2009, Director Jake Gorst, 68 minutes)

3:30 PM
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

For many, Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design. Best known for co-founding New York Magazine and the enduring I♥NY campaign, the full breadth of Glaser's remarkable artistic output is revealed in this documentary portrait, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight. From newspapers and magazine designs, to interior spaces, logos, and brand identities, to his celebrated prints, drawings, posters and paintings, the documentary offers audiences a much richer appreciation for one of the great modern renaissance men. Artfully directed by first-time filmmaker Wendy Keys, the film captures his immense warmth, humanity and the boundless depth of his intelligence and creativity. (2008, Director Wendy Keys, 73 minutes)

5:00 PM
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter
Toronto Premiere

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer inside their collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA. Narrated by James Franco, the film draws from a trove of archival material, primarily the stunning films and photographs produced in mind-boggling volume by Charles, Ray, and their staff during the hyper-creative forty years of the Eames Office. Family members and design historians help guide the story, but it is in interviews with the junior designers swept into the “24-7” world of “The Eamery,” that a fascinatingly complex picture of this husband and wife creative team really emerges. (2011, Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, 81 minutes)

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