Join Design Onscreen on March 22 — one day only — for six great films on architecture and design during WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California. WestWeek is the essential industry gathering designed to inspire with over 60 cutting-edge programs.
For the first time, WestWeek will feature architecture and design film programming curated by Design Onscreen–The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film. Check the schedule below for screening times and trailers.
Enjoy a complete film in our 40 seat “theater” gallery or just drop in to browse a sampling of recent design films in a multi-screen setting at the Paul Young Projects Gallery, Suite B230 at the Pacific Design Center (map) on Thursday, March 22. Admission is free.
Contemporary Days – The Designs of Lucienne & Robin Day
(2010, Director Murray Grigor, 77 minutes)
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.
Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs
(2010, Director Jake Gorst, 58 minutes)
Desert Utopia traces the origins and growth of midcentury architecture in Palm Springs including the work of modernist pioneers Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, Donald Wexler, William Cody and William Krisel.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter
(2011, Directors Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, 81 minutes)
Narrated by James Franco, this the first film about Charles and Ray Eames since their deaths and the only film to peer inside their professional collaboration, their marriage and the “Renaissance studio” they created in a gritty warehouse in Venice, CA.
Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes
(2009, Director Amie Knox, 30 minutes)
Hella Jongerius explores the creative process of one of the most innovative and creative designers working today, including her creations for Vitra, Maharam and Royal Tichelaar.
Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island
(2012, Director Jake Gorst, 85 minutes)
Using rare archival material and gorgeous cinematography, this film explores the work of the region’s best postwar architects, including Albert Frey, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey and Barbara and Julian Neski. Redevelopment and natural disaster have eroded Long Island’s rich heritage of midcentury modern architecture. This film aims to foster renewed appreciation for Long Island’s architectural gems.
William Krisel, Architect
(2010, Director Jake Gorst, 85 minutes)
Over the course of his sixty-year career, Southern California architect William Krisel 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, and interviews with scholars, his colleagues and family. “I’m a firm believer that good modern design can make your life happier, more productive and more enjoyable,” says Krisel.