#096 / 2011

Top five videos

Designers originating (1894-2010)

Although many "educational" videos available online are amateurish and boring, furniturelink offers a selection that are informative and worth watching as the "top 15" in three sections: designers talking, originating and greening.

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Contemporary Days: The Designs of Robin and Lucienne Day

Producer: Design Onscreen

Cinematographer: Hamid Shams

Format: 12:15 mins (16:9)

View exerpts from the 77-minute full-length documentary produced by Design Onscreen, Denver, CO, featuring the life and works of British designers Lucienne Day (1917-2010) and Robin Day (1915-2010).


Gilbert Rohde and Design Now

Director: Cooper-Hewitt

Host: YouTube

Format: 20:20 mins (16:9)

View an illustrated lecture by Phyllis Ross at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum outlining the work of American furniture designer Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944), an early design consultant for Herman Miller. (An additional panel discussion video is also available.)


Modern Furniture (London 1958)

Producer: Pathe

Director: n/a

Format: 2:33 mins (5:4)

Experience a classic newsreel describing the furniture displayed at Heals's department store, London. It includes a bedroom suite by Ernest Race (1913-1964), table by Robert Heritage (1927-2010) and a media storage unit by Christopher Heal (1911-1985).


Design Icon (04) The Wassily Chair

Producer: DW-TV

Cinematographer: Jean Schablin

Format: 5:02 mins (16:9)

Scan this German TV production (one of a series) on the development of Marcel Bruer's (1902-1981) Model B3 metal tubing and leather arm chair, commonly known as the Wassily Chair.


The Design Genius of Charles + Ray Eames

Producer: TED

Director: n/a

Format: 15:12 mins (16:9)

Eames Demetrios, the grandson of American designers Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988), presents this TED talk describing the work of his grandparents in furniture design, photography and film.

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