Deconstructing Design Icons

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursdays from 5 March, 8.30pm

Deconstructing Design Icons examines the history, technology and personal stories behind thirteen iconic designs of the twentieth century, structures that have shaped the world we live in.The series features an eclectic mix of objects, machines and mega-structures that have become familiar all over the world for a variety of reasons – some tapped into a particular mood or fashion, others were just in the right place at the right time, yet all were supreme in fulfilling their intended purpose. Using both archive and modern material, each programme looks at the wider context of the featured object, the life and times into which it was born, and how it then developed. The series also investigates how the structures survive today, what they represent in the twenty-first century, and how they are maintained. Episodes include unmistakable icons such as the Spitfire, Mini Cooper, Triumph Bonneville, and Fender Stratocaster, as well as mega-structures like the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge