Architects Battle and Tortured Designer in Docs at Bangkok Design Fest

Scene from ‘The Happy Film’ (2016)

BANGKOK — Explore creative works from around the world through three documentaries about world-famous architects, a graphic designer and a bookmaker.

The Movie on Design event later this month will feature three docs centered on three creative circles: architecture, graphic design and publishing.

In “The Happy Film,” see Stefan Sagmeister, a New York-based graphic designer known for his covers for The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jay-Z and controversial manatee jokes, seek a way out of his emotional turmoil.

Be spellbound by the craftsmanship of bookmaker Gerhard Steidl as he travels the world on a quest to “make a good book” in “How to Make a Book with Steidl.”


“The Competition” documents the surreal realities of five top architects – Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault and Zaha Hadid – who compete to build a national arts museum in Andorra, Europe’s tiniest country.

Tickets are 150 baht and available online. All films will show March 26 in an auditorium at Alliance Francaise Bangkok. Only “The Competition” will have a second screening at 3pm on March 28 on the fifth floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, where in attendance will be director Angel Borrego Cubero and Gaston Tolila, the founder of French architecture firm Tolila+Gilliland, who will host a panel discussion.

The event, originally scheduled for last month, is part of the Bangkok Design Festival organized by Art4d, an architecture, art and design magazine based in Bangkok.