Dan Fontanelli works exclusively within the world of art, design and craft making online video content and documentary film. Subjects, to mention a few, include everything from Henry Moore sculpture to vintage cars, contemporary artists and designers, exhibitions, Japanese art and 20th Century design & architecture. Current projects include creating the online video content for Bonhams Auctioneers, a series on 20th century design for SKANDIUM (as one half of GESWERK Films – www.geswerkfilms.com) and documentary projects including ‘The Life and Work of Hans Schleger’ one of the great forgotten graphic designers of the 20th Century.
ART & DESIGN FILMS
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A short film on St Catherine’s College, designed by Arne Jacobsen. The grade one listed building contains his entire portfolio as he also designed the interiors, furniture, fabric, gardens and cutlery – his ‘total design’ philosophy.
From watches by Patek Philippe and George Daniels to marine chronometers from the 19th century its always a privilege to explore the workings of master craftsmen obsessed with the -passing of time – which in turn can work its magic on rare and fine whiskeys.
The ex-Michael Schumacher 1994 Benetton-Cosworth Ford B-194 championship winning car – Filmed on track at the Ascari Race Resort in Spain, this is a pre-sale short to highlight the usability of early 90′s F1 cars and capture some of the intensity of experience.
‘Living Finmar’ is the story of Finmar Ltd., c.1948 – 1965, the first major importer of mid-century design into the UK. It’s the story of one mans vision of a new way of life, Paul Von Stemann, and his personal relationships with some of the greatest designers of the twentieth century. Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner, Borge Morgensen, Hans Schleger, to mention a few, were all close friends.
Manali Jagtap Nyheim – Mahatma Thali and Claire’s Kitchen
A film made for Manali to capture her culinary art ‘happening’ and collaboration with Claire’s Kitchen.
Our first film produced for SKANDIUM (made by GESWERK FILMS – Dan Fontanelli & Michael Krzyzanowski) charts the beginnings of the ISOKON furniture company and ISOKON flats by Wells Coates & Jack Pritchard. Pt.II looks at the post war period and includes interviews with Chris McCourt (ISOKON Plus) and Ed Barber & Jay Osgerby designers of the Loop table and the 2013 Olympic torch.
Pt.II of the ISOKON films produced for SKANDIUM by GESWERK FILMS (Dan Fontanelli & Michael Krzyzanowski) looks at the post war period and includes interviews with Chris McCourt, owner of ISOKON Plus, and Ed Barber & Jay Osgerby designers of the Loop table and amongst many other iconic objects the 2013 Olympic torch.
Promotional film for MODERN SHOWS – DESTINATION FOR THE BEST IN VINTAGE AND MODERN modernshows.com ’The brilliantly curated Modern Shows is a must-visit event for anyone after original mid-century design.’ Charlotte Abrahams, freelance design writer FT How to Spend it. Guardian, Observer, Elle
A short interview extract with legendary British graphic designer Derek Birdsall from the forthcoming GESWERK FILMS (Dan Fontanelli & Michael Krzyzanowski) documentary on graphic designer Hans ‘Zero’ Schleger. To find out more about Derek Birdsall go here - http://designmuseum.org/design/derek-birdsall
Netsuke. Practical objects originally made to hold small containers in place, attached to the end of a cord that ran underneath a belt as part of a mans outfit in 17th century Japan. They evolved into miniature sculptures made with extreme skill by the craftsmen of the day.
Working with Bonhams Auctioneers motoring department since 2011 I’ve had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with some exceptional machinery including the Bugatti T54 – on track, Ex-Fangio Mercedes W196 (hammer £19,600,000), Ferrari 275GTB/4, Dick Skipworth’s Ecurie Ecosse Collection, the George Daniel Collection including the Supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley & Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder Lungo, Schumacher’s 94′ Benetton B194 F1 – on track and the Aston DB4 ‘Jet’ Coupe to mention a few.