The selection includes futurism, fashion, architecture, revolution, and optimism.

5 Films about Design and Designers

Welcome to the world of design depicted on the silver screen. In this curated selection, we delve into the realm of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity through the lens of cinema. From futuristic utopias to the thriving world of fashion, from the masterpieces of architecture to the revolutionary spirits of design, these films offer a captivating journey into the diverse facets of design and the remarkable individuals who shape it.

Each film in this pavilion is a celebration of the art of design and the relentless pursuit of beauty, functionality, and creativity in different forms. Join us as we explore the enchanting realm of design through the captivating storytelling and visual splendor of these nine remarkable films.

He started his career in CTI Group as an UI/UX designer only in 2018. But his portfolio and engaging dynamic sites speak for themselves. He have already worked with such big companies as IREX, Telkom and Wishwell.

Documentary series, 2019–2021, USA

Tech Toys

This series explores futuristic technology that combines revolutionary design, engineering excellence, and eco-friendly solutions, ranging from headphones to yachts, from desks to motorcycles. The series consists of seven episodes, each lasting between 15 to 25 minutes, showcasing how industrial design addresses problems you may not have even considered.

What's it about?

In "Tech Toys," engineers and industrial designers showcase their innovative creations and discuss their processes: how they refine form, overcome technical constraints, and think two steps ahead.
A sound amplifier that turns any surface into a speaker. A backpack with built-in solar-powered charging. A bicycle with a wooden frame. The achievements of these professionals may inspire bold and innovative solutions of your own.

Why should a designer watch it?

Documentary film, 2018, Germany

Bauhaus Spirit

In honor of the centenary of Bauhaus, filmmakers Nils Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch analyzed the utopian ideas of the school: their history and influence on the present day. This narrative explores how the idealistic vision of a beautiful future from a group of people in the 1920s continues to impact politics, architecture, and design worldwide.

What's it about?

If we think on a grand scale, an idea can continue to influence society even
a century later. Students in the town of Dessau studied craftsmanship, had fun, chatted, and fostered free thinking – enabling the creation of groundbreaking products, including the Apple computer. "Bauhaus Spirit" is a 1.5-hour lesson on how structure and imagination, order and inspiration, give birth to solutions
of great benefit.

Why should a designer watch it?

Documentary film, 2020, Finland and Norway


The story of Alvar Aalto, a "Citizen Kane" in the fields of architecture and industrial design. It portrays the life of the Finnish modernist: how a young revolutionary became a patriarch, protested against by subsequent generations of innovators. The documentary showcases Aalto's iconic buildings and design solutions, demonstrating how even in a single stool, the humanism of the great architect is reflected. The film also acknowledges the contribution of Aalto's partner, his wife Aino, to the master's success.

What's it about?

Aalto's ideas and creations formed the foundation of Scandinavian design and have firmly embedded themselves in people's lives worldwide. IKEA owes much of its success to this architect. The documentary illustrates that when care for people is at the heart of one's work, the results can be remarkably impactful.

Why should a designer watch it?

Documentary survey film, 2018, Germany

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma

The director of the film spent 30 years collecting famous people's answers
to a short question: "Why are you creative?" Not all of his interviewees come from the world of art, but they all found their calling in life. Some provide witty commentary, while others struggle to articulate their thoughts—such details illustrate the depth of the theme. A hundred interviews with figures such as David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Angelina Jolie, the Dalai Lama, Yohji Yamamoto, Mikhail Gorbachev, and others are edited into a dynamic picture.

What's it about?

The film provides an opportunity to reflect on one's own creativity, place, and the influence of surroundings. Self-reflection
is a necessary part of every art project,
and "Why Are We Creative: The Centipede’s Dilemma" will help you not to forget about it.

Why should a designer watch it?

Documentary film, 2021, Austria


Author of the design bible "S, M, L, XL," Bruce Mau poses the question to the viewer: "Who is Bruce Mau?" The documentary film is an optimistic story of how the outstanding graphic designer from Canada achieved global success in his profession. The film illustrates his extensive projects, such as the redesign of an entire country and branding for MoMA.

What's it about?

Mau expanded the very sphere of design application. He can be considered the leading advocate of the idea that the power of design is immense and boundless. If you share this idea, we recommend getting to know Bruce and hearing about his career firsthand.

Why should a designer watch it?

Documentary film, 2019, Germany, Belgium, and France

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Starring the hands and voice of the most reclusive couturier himself.
The film narrates the story of Martin Margiela, his career, ideas, life circumstances, and memories, while never showing his face. It features many unique archival footage, with the designer's hands displaying fabrics, albums, and his emotions. This is a detailed account of a couturier who has proven and demonstrated to the world the power of anonymity.

What's it about?

Firstly, it's beautiful! Every piece from Maison Martin Margiela looks modern and relevant, whether it's from 1992 or 2008. Secondly, he was one of the first to bring recycling into high fashion.This film can be considered an authoritative textbook on design provocation, where Martin consistently proves the theorem: behind every work, there should be an idea, not just a desire for fame.

Why should a designer watch it?

As the curtains draw to a close on our cinematic exploration of design and designers, we are left inspired and enriched by the profound impact of creativity in the world of design. Each film has showcased the power of innovation, the pursuit of excellence, and the transformative nature of design in shaping our world. From futuristic visions to historical revelations, from personal narratives to societal revolution, these films have illuminated the multidimensional character of design and the visionary individuals behind it. As we step out of this movie pavilion, we carry with us a newfound appreciation for the art of design and a deeper understanding of its significance in our lives. Let these films continue to inspire and ignite our own creative spirits as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of design and aesthetics.


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