May 2014

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Ditching the Manual

Ditching the Manual

The surprisingly good LEGO Movie points to a future when improvisation might be the key to planetary survival.

Full House

Full House

Redesigning the American home for extended families

Hey, Let’s Be Careful Out There

Hey, Let’s Be Careful Out There

The challenges ahead require a whole new approach to problem solving.

Why Charles Moore (Still) Matters

Why Charles Moore (Still) Matters

The controversial architect continues to inspire former colleagues and collaborators.

Incentive to Socialize

Incentive to Socialize

A New York hotel entices guests out of their rooms with a spectacular, welcoming communal space.

Panton Saturation

Panton Saturation

An ongoing Vitra exhibition of Verner Panton's work has us seeing the designer's influence everywhere in contemporary furniture design.

Hedging Their Bets

Hedging Their Bets

As the contract-furniture industry faces an uncertain global market, the big players respond by investing in a sector showing unwavering growth: high-end residential interiors.

Metropolis Design Guide

Metropolis Design Guide

Find, shop, see, and experience the best of design in New York City 2014.

After the Big Game

After the Big Game

Often the designer of choice for mega events, David Rockwell imagines the ideal design of a stadium.

Radical Design

Radical Design

An Italian company rooted in wood craftsmanship takes a bold new direction.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Inspired by Lewis Carroll, designer Louise Campbell takes a crack at this year’s Ideal House.

Sparing Sparkle

Sparing Sparkle

Konstantin Grcic and Abet Laminati innovate a process that applies crystals to laminates with a light hand.

Bay Watch

Bay Watch

A sensitively remodeled multilevel home takes full advantage of its stunning surroundings.

Design Mecca: New York

Design Mecca: New York

Architects and designers converge again for the big fair and a slew of exciting off-site events.

Home in a Box

Home in a Box

With the prefab Y: Cube, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners hopes to finally make a dent in London’s housing problem.

Folk Studio

Folk Studio

Seven compact solutions for the creative home office

Possibilities over Prescriptions

Possibilities over Prescriptions

Pundits speculating about the design commission for the Obama library need to broaden their perspectives.

The Wrong Stuff

The Wrong Stuff

An exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright’s urban agenda exposes the architect’s near-irrational fear of real cities.