February 2016

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Flexible Spaces

Flexible Spaces

As part of the Metropolis Think Tank series, Susan S. Szenasy arrived in the New York City office of Perkins Eastman to discuss with the principals insights into making expressive and flexible healthcare and education spaces, as well as how cities might grow around these spaces.

Holiday Prescription

Holiday Prescription

A new hotel concept in Copenhagen seeks to reduce the stress of hospital stays.

Trial and Error

Trial and Error

Brands are turning to the experimental in search of an edge in the retail market.

Mixing Metaphors

Mixing Metaphors

A new digital exhibition mounted by New York’s Guggenheim Museum asks visitors to reconsider the meaning of architecture by placing bets on a speculative future.

Beyond the Binary

Beyond the Binary

Royce Epstein, director of the design segment at Mohawk Group, tracks the blurring of gender boundaries.

Rest Awhile, Run a Mile

Rest Awhile, Run a Mile

Many established brands are finding that there are creative business opportunities at the intersection of fitness and retail.

Bring Back the Middleman

Bring Back the Middleman

As the marketplace balloons, shoppers look to online apps to vet products for ethical violations, and to actors for book recommendations.

Designing "Digital Moments" Into the Retail Space

Designing "Digital Moments" Into the Retail Space

From fitting rooms to phone apps, the touchscreen has invaded and completely transformed every aspect of the shopping experience.

Free at Last

Free at Last

With the launch of the Silica Prints collection, Momentum Textiles is now a fully PVC-free company.

Scale It Up

Scale It Up

Retail spaces for micro businesses encourage growth while preserving the intimacy of mom-and-pop shops.

Make Yourself at Home

Make Yourself at Home

The Apartment by The Line takes up residence in Los Angeles.

As Seen on TV

As Seen on TV

New York–based start-up TheTake has a new way for us to consume films.

Paul Bunyan Shops Here

Paul Bunyan Shops Here

The legendary outfitter’s new headquarters is a temple to flannel.

The Future is Female

The Future is Female

No Sir founder Terese Alstin on how her new brand challenges the industry status quo by promoting women

Design Happens Here

Design Happens Here

Los Angeles retailer Austere is a high-end design store-cum-incubator for Scandinavian aesthetic ideals.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood

A New York City shoe brand is enhancing its customers’ walking experience in more ways than one.

Different Tokes for Different Folks

Different Tokes for Different Folks

Ganja at the Gap? As legalized marijuana sweeps across the nation, dispensaries step up their game.

The Eye of the Beholder

The Eye of the Beholder

A glass globe bristling with colorful tubes, architect Philippe Rahm’s Spectral Light for Artemide looks less like a lamp and more like something from the set of Star Trek.

Building for Exclusion

Building for Exclusion

"Can we afford to leave massive groups of people out of urban regeneration?" asks Metropolis editor in chief and publisher.

Mise en Scène

Mise en Scène

A Paris hotel opens its doors to its neighborhood and the colorful creatives who work there.

Q&A: Luc Sante

Q&A: Luc Sante

The writer and critic reveals his nostalgia for an older Paris, mourns the city's disappearing café culture, and touches on the urban defects of neoliberalism.

A Trophy for Living In

A Trophy for Living In

Mark Foster Gage’s provocative design for a Manhattan skyscraper doesn’t shy away from sticky questions of taste, form, or property speculation.

Remembering Richard Sapper, 1932–2015

Remembering Richard Sapper, 1932–2015

A technical genius, a generous collaborator, and an adventurous man—Sapper was all these things, say his former friends, associates, and admirers.

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