Design on Film: A Festival of Style

The focus in the design world last month was on the High Point Market, the largest home furnishings trade show in the world. So you may have missed another festival that took place in New York.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is in its fourth season, showcasing over 25 films on architecture and design from around the world.

Highlighted films covered every topic in the realm of design and architecture, including Bauhaus: Model & Myth, which examined the Bauhaus school and its revolutionary influence as part of post-WWI Germany.

Coast Modern from Canada took a tour of the Pacific Northwest coastline and included stunning homes that collaborate with the environments, rather than just reside in them.

A film from Taiwan, Design Thinking, showcased the impact that design has had on the world, and how design can be a tool to help solve problems from business to education to social issues.

The Vignellis, a U.S.-based film, focused on the iconic design couple Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Over 40 years, the Vignellis have been influential in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, interior and furniture design, and much more. You probably know their work – including the Helvetica typeface, brought to the U.S. by Massimo in 1965.

The film festival hits the road next year, with events in Los Angeles in March and in Chicago in April. To learn more, go to the festival’s website http://adfilmfest.com/portal/ny2012.

If you want to learn more about Bauhaus, design from the Pacific Coast area, or about the Vignellis, the Bienenstock Furniture Library makes that research easy for you. You can search the library’s shelves online here: http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/home.

About the Author

Cheminne Taylor-Smith

Cheminne Taylor-Smith

Tobi Fairley & Associates

Cheminne Taylor-Smith is Senior VP of Brand Marketing for Tobi Fairley & Associates, a full-service design and consulting firm. She has held posts in the home industry in retail, manufacturing, media, and most recently as VP of Marketing for the High Point Market Authority. Her full-spectrum experience in home décor, combined with the talented branding and interiors team at Tobi Fairley & Associates, bring a fresh perspective to promotion and marketing. She has a proven track record in marketing and public relations, including at Elle Décor, where she worked as part of the team that took the publication to the top rung in the shelter category. Margaret Russell, now editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, calls her a ‘creative visionary’ in home décor marketing. She also has strong ties to media, including print, online, blogger, and broadcast, which allow her to achieve strong media coverage for her clients.