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Netflix’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ returns for Season 2 this week

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An inside look into the art, science, and philosophy of design

A floating staircase in front of beehive-like windows sits next to a mirror, so that the right side of the staircase is actually the reflection. Netflix

Design lovers, fire up your Netflix. The much-anticipated second season of the documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design, is coming back this Wednesday, September 25. The show is a fast and entertaining deep dive into leading designers that, as Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange puts it, applies “newfangled technology to the age-old task of explaining what designers do.”

Created by Scott Dadich, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, the show’s first season featured creators ranging from Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to interior designer Ilse Crawford to graphic designer Paula Scher. Now, season two is bringing a new lineup with six episodes highlighting the design of architecture, film, culture, and more.

Each episode focuses on a different designer and their art form. This season, we’re looking forward to immersing in the world of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, who, in his decades-long career, has bridged the gap between artistic experiments and architecture, designing everything from a curving brick building to lamps for the developing world.

Then there’s bio-architect Neri Oxman, who comfortably straddles the worlds of architecture, art, interaction design, and synthetic biology. In her role as a professor at MIT, she imagines entirely new methods of digital fabrication, engineering, design, and construction.

Ian Spalter, former head of design at Instagram and current head of Instagram Japan, American toy designer Cas Holman, costume designer Ruth E Carter, and typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler complete the list.

“The next season of Abstract builds on the original vision for the series, presenting new and diverse perspectives about how the creative process actually works—from the visionary folks designing the future,” Dadich said in a press release. “I hope Abstract continues to inspire people all over the planet, those new to art and design, as well as anyone curious about how our world works.”

Check out the trailer for season two below.