IDS Design Docs Festival
Presented by Esther Shipman, Marc Glassman and Design Onscreen
January 27 – 28, 2012
Toronto Metro Convention Centre

Celebrate the very best in films on design and architecture at the Interior Design Show (IDS) Toronto.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Series and individual screenings are still available. For more information contact Esther Shipman at or Design Onscreen at

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Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs

(2010, Director Jake Gorst, 58 minutes)

Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes

(2009, Amie Knox, 30 minutes)

Friday January 27, 2012, 1pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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.

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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.

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Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

(2008, Director Eric Bricker, 83 minutes)

Friday January 27, 2012, 3pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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.

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Toronto Premiere!

Contemporary Days: The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day

(2010, Director Murray Grigor, 77 minutes)

Friday, January 28, 2012, 4:45pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Wine and cheese reception preceding film

Post-screening Q&A with Producer Heather Purcell Leja

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.

Canadian Premiere!

William Krisel, Architect

(2010, Director Jake Gorst, 85 minutes)

Saturday January 28, 2012, 11:30am at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Post-screening Q&A with Producer Heather Purcell Leja

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.

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Canadian Premiere!

Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler

(2009, Director Jake Gorst, 68 minutes)

Saturday January 28, 2012, 1:30pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Post-screening Q&A with Producer Heather Purcell Leja

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.

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Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

(2008, Director Wendy Keys, 73 minutes)

Saturday January 28, 2012, 3:30pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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.

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Toronto Premiere!

EAMES: The Architect and the Painter

(2011, Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, 81 minutes)

Saturday January 28, 2012, 5:00pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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.

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