From sustainable architecture to pixel art, you can experience the world’s most innovative designers and their works from the comfort of your home via Netflix with these art and design exhibits.
When it comes to unwinding after a long day, Netflix is our drug. For us, logging on to the streaming service doesn’t always mean catching the latest episode of a reality show (no judgment, though). Whether it’s for inspiration or just to feel a little more cultured, these art and design lounges are soothing and perfect for unwinding. Besides, we could also use some creative input from the experts.
Get creative with these 6 art and design shows on Netflix:
Summary: The art of design
With two seasons available, this documentary series takes you inside the minds of the world’s most innovative designers across a variety of disciplines. Each episode dives deep into a different creative bubble of the design world, including illustration, graphic design, set design, and even shoemaking. As an architecture graduate, I recommend starting with Bjarke Ingels’ episode, which focuses on the Danish architect’s “pragmatic utopian” designs, like a clean power plant topped with a ski slope.
Watch Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix here
If you like anime, pixel art or music videos, then Art&Tech is for you. Explore the intersection between art and technology in this two-season Japanese show, where each episode introduces a new contemporary artist and takes a closer look at their innovative methods. The inaugural episode features Japanese artist, illustrator, and character designer PALOW, who shares the inspiration behind his famous Bug Mechanic Girl illustrations and the design process of creating the character of virtual singer KAF.
Watch Art&Tech on Netflix here
Made by design
Explore African creative talent in the first season of this Netflix documentary about Nigerian design. In each episode of the 13-part series, the viewer is introduced to a Nigerian designer, who is a leader in his field and who has embraced the function-oriented design perspective of working in Africa. The show also addresses misconceptions about African design and describes it as multifaceted. Some segments can be a little heavy, but each episode is self-contained, so you can start and stop whenever you want.
Watch Made by Design on Netflix here
The World’s Most Incredible Vacation Rentals
With international travel resuming and a relatively light seven-day quarantine upon our arrival in Hong Kong, it’s time to start planning your next trip. Catch both available seasons of The World’s Most Incredible Vacation Rentals on Netflix, which, according to its title, features the best vacation homes from around the world. From a bird’s nest in Bali to a gourmet farm-to-table stay in the Berkshires, these escapes are quite different – and can even come true if you choose.
Watch the World’s Most Incredible Vacation Rentals on Netflix Here
Tiny House Nation
Surprise, surprise – tiny houses aren’t just a thing in Hong Kong (although we seem to be the only ones with no choice when it comes to the size of our houses). Tiny House Nation shows you can have it all while living small. Learn some tips and tricks from the tiny homeowners featured in each episode, from a songwriter with a family plan to live in a luxury tiny house to a night shift nurse who goes mobile in a tiny house. What do you guys think? Can we understand or are these Americans crazy for choosing to live this way?
Watch Tiny House Nation on Netflix here
Andy Warhol’s Diaries
We cannot talk about contemporary art without mentioning Andy Warhol. This expansive six-part portrait of the legend chronicles his life after being photographed in 1968, when the American artist reveals his thoughts, loves and life and those of everyone around him, including friends like Jackie O and Yoko Ono. The documentary will also give you insight into his prolific career, his sources of inspiration, and how he became a cultural icon still revered today.
Watch The Diaries of Andy Warhol on Netflix here
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