36 Design Shows to Watch Now

Freda A. Nix

With the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic impacting people’s daily lives and routines across the world, folks are increasingly turning inward and hunkering down for what may be several more weeks of social distancing. What better time, then, to start watching a design-focused TV series that is informative, heartwarming, and/or aesthetically pleasing? Happily, there is no shortage of design shows to choose from during this period, whether you’re more into stories about life-changing renovations or elaborate, gravity-defying feats of architecture. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most bingeable design-centric series on streaming services and cable now, with hopes that they will offer up a small respite from an exhausting news cycle. Beautiful imagery aside, these series will remind you of the importance of these places we call home.

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<h1 class="title">Home</h1> <div class="caption"> This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show <em>Home.</em> </div> <cite class="credit">Courtesy of Apple</cite>

This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show Home.

Courtesy of Apple

Home, AppleTV+’s new documentary

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Carlos Souza’s Rome Apartment Shows His Lifelong Love of Travel

Freda A. Nix

Carlos Souza knows how to live. He’s spent his life basking in the reflective glow of world-class everything: people, places, fashion, food, fame, and refinement. His is one of those only-in-the-1970s stories wherein a young Brazilian man’s magnetic beauty cuts through the crowd at Rio’s Carnival to catch the eye of a famous fashion designer, Valentino Garavani. Garavani promptly swept Souza up in his entourage, where Souza has remained a member of a most fabulous inner circle for four-plus decades.

living room with small potted orange plants and fireplace with art
A pair of Barcelona stools by Mies van der Rohe and bronze cachepots found in Japan and planted with citrus trees face a custom fireplace clad in Pietra Serena sandstone; the rug is by Federica Tondato, and the gallery-style artworks include pieces by Viviane Sassen, Spencer Sweeney, Alberto Di Fabio, and James Brown.

Simon Watson

Souza’s role as brand ambassador, VIP, and public-relations pasha at the house of Valentino—requiring him

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