Hella - couch detail

Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes

Krisel - golfing with 3 pagoda-style buildings

William Krisel, Architect

Krisel - 2 buildings

William Krisel, Architect

Modern Tide Collage

Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island

Lucienne Day - Olive Caylx pattern

Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day

Design Onscreen Releases Trailer for the New Architectural Series “Frey – Part II”

Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States and through an innate curiosity of the American landscape, developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.

About Design Onscreen

Design Onscreen–The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film–is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to producing, promoting and preserving high-quality films on architecture and design.

Design Onscreen:

  • distributes its programming as widely as possible, via multiple media formats and channels, to a national and international audience;
  • promotes a greater general understanding and appreciation of Post World War II architecture & design;
  • informs and elevates the ongoing “conversation” among professional architects and designers; and
  • works in a collaborative manner with museums, schools, universities, professional design groups, film societies and other educational organizations;
  • supports only the highest quality programming utilizing the most creative minds in film production.

Founded in 2007 by Denver documentary and modernism enthusiasts Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III, Design Onscreen has eight completed films to its credit. These films include: Albert Frey: The Architectural Envoy — Part I; The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, ArchitectModern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long IslandContemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne and Robin Day (premiered in 2010 at the National Geographic Museum); Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes (premiered in 2009 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art); Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler (winner of an Audience Award at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival); William Krisel, Architect (winner of three 2011 Telly Awards); and Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs. Design Onscreen is a contributor to the Checkerboard Film Foundation, supporting the completion of a film on the life and work of Vladimir Kagan. Currently, we are working on our 8th film about architect Albert Frey.

These films have screened at museums—including MoMA (New York), the Museum of Arts and Design, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the Getty Research Institute, and the National Geographic Museum–and festivals around the world, including Milan, London, Denver, Sonoma, Montreal (3 films at the prestigious FIFA festival), Rotterdam, New York, Moscow, Newport Beach, Chicago, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Tulsa, Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Venice (the 2012 Architecture Biennial).