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The Most Binge-Worthy Design Shows To Watch Right Now

We round up the design shows that delight, inspire, and inform.

Zara Home

 

 

It probably comes as no surprise that when the House and Leisure team knocks off, you can most likely find us curled up on the couch with a glass of wine and some dark chocolate, glued to one of our favourite design shows. Seeing as we’ll likely all be doing a lot more couching surfing in the foreseeable future, we are sharing the shows we keep watching and re-watching in the hope that they will give you a daily pick-me-up, just as they do for us.

 

1. Interior Design Masters

What it’s all about: If you are a reality game-show enthusiast as well as a décor lover, this one is for you.  Would-be interior designers face off in a series of real-world design challenges in order to win a life-changing design commission of a historic hotel bar.  

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix

 

2.  Monty Don’s French Gardens

What it’s all about: If you agree with Monty Don that there are ‘few things finer in life than a good hedge’ then you will love this show where the British bon vivant visits some of France’s most iconic gardens.

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix

 

3. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

What it’s all about: If you haven’t experienced the life changing magic of tidying up, where have you been? In this show Marie Kondo, with her signature charm and Kon Mari magic, transforms hoarder homes into cool and calm sanctuaries.

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix 

 

4. Jan 

What it’s all about: Jan is back for a second season of his hugely popular show and while it isn’t strictly interior design focused , it is still a visual feast. We meet the Michelin-star chef in Nice and travel to an Italian village where he finds inspiration for his boundless creativity.

Watch it: You can stream it on Showmax

 

5. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

What it’s all about: We will confess that part of why we love this show is because of our infatuation with show’s presenters, Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin. The duo scours the world for beautiful and unconventional homes.

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix

 

6. Queer Eye

What it’s all about: Here at the House and Leisure HQ, we are in unanimous agreement that Bobby is our favourite part of the fab five. The best Queer Eye home makeovers capture the unique spirit of each homeowner, while creating a functional and visually stunning space.

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix

 

7. Tiny House Nation

What it’s all about: Great things come in small packages. That's the premise behind Tiny House Nation, which shows families across the US how to live in 500 square feet.

Watch it: You can stream it on Netflix

 

BONUS: OUR THREE FAVOURITE DESIGN DOCUMENTARIES

 

1. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

What it’s all about: This compelling documentary follows two minimalists as they explore the concept of “less is more,” and disrupts the consumerist belief that we can buy happiness.

Watch it:  You can stream it on Netflix

 

2. Lego House: Home of the Brick

What it’s all about: In 2017, Denmark’s Lego House officially opened to the public. Designed by Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group, the sprawling play place is located in the town of Billund—home of the Lego headquarters. This documentary, hosted by BIG’s lead architect Bjarke Ingels, shows the seven-year journey behind the creation of this colorful work of plastic architecture.

Watch it: You can rent it from Amazon

 

3. The Face of the Twentieth Century: Bauhaus

What it’s all about: Bauhaus, was a German art school famous for its approach to design during 1919 to 1933. It later became one of the biggest influencers of modernist architecture, industrial and interior design, and typography. This 1994 art documentary traces the development of the Bauhaus movement, how it struggled with the Nazi Party, and what it leaves behind today.

Watch it: You can rent it from Amazon