Debra Pickrel

When Frank Lloyd Wright Lived at the Plaza Hotel

Three experts who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel—from Wright's secret meeting with Marilyn Monroe to his epic Easter celebrations.

Three experts who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright recall his days living in New York City at the Plaza Hotel—from Wright’s secret meeting with Marilyn Monroe to his epic Easter celebrations.

Remembering “Edgar T”

Edgar Tafel, who recently died at the age of 98, was the last surviving member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original Fellowship.

Edgar Tafel, who recently died at the age of 98, was the last surviving member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original Fellowship.

A Sturdy Resin Chair

When it comes to design, Martha Sturdy follows her gut instincts. “My work is driven by art and sculpture,” she says. “I’m a sculptor first, so concept comes first with my designs.” Sturdy’s linear, orange resin dining chair gleaned a great deal of attention during the Fair. Indeed: the striking seat features a high back and steel legs that have…

Nelson’s Reissued Swag Leg Desk

Herman Miller for the Home celebrates its 10th anniversary at this year’s ICFF. One of the latest pieces to join its collection of classic design products is a reissue of George Nelson’s 1955 Swag Leg desk. The piece has a walnut back, sides, and stretcher between its tong-shaped, chrome-plated legs. Its surfaces are white laminate, accented by brightly-colored wood dividers….

Milos Sofa: ‘Made to Marry the Body’

The elegant demeanor of designer Hughes N’Cho-Allépot is as smooth and chic as his new Milos Sofa. “My sofa is made to marry the body,” he says. “It’s easy to put your arm up on the back, and it fits nicely under your knees. It has no arms, but it has built-in side tables.” Constructed from African Padauk, an orange-red…

A Delirious Dining Table

Emmanuel Cobbet says “Delire” translates from French as “delirium or frenzy,” and that’s just the feeling his sleek, surfboard-shaped dining table evokes. A follow-up to the firm’s more linear “DeLight” table, Delire has a brightly dotted surface pattern, the idea for which came from the color blindness test and Smarties candy. “We take our inspirations from fashion, architecture, and our…

Shelving Inspired by the Tour De France

Is that an oversized bicycle wheel I see at Booth 664? No, it’s a shelving unit. But it turns out my first impression wasn’t far off: according to its manufacturer, Gyford Productions LLC, the piece was inspired by the Tour de France. The Velo Shelves’ circular design consists of aluminum bars and free-form, textured plastic shelves suspended by stainless-steel wire….

Textiles Inspired By Television

“Static Screen” is a 100% polyester, fine-knit translucent fabric with a mesmerizing, ethereal quality. It can work as an overlay or stand on its own. Knoll’s Suzanne Tick explains that the fabric “is actually static screen imagery from Channel 2. Stephen manipulated the television cord while I took a series of digital images of moving static. After about three hours,…

Auto-Pilot: A Sinuous, Practical Desk

Material Furniture’s “Knock-Down/Drag-Out” line premiered at the 2003 ICFF, and the company’s sinuous Auto-Pilot Desk is a fresh addition to this very practical collection. Christopher Douglas designed the Auto-Pilot with room in mind. “I couldn’t find a good full-sized desk anywhere,” he says. “You know, one that could accommodate a monitor, lamp, printer, and paper on its surface. Those that…

A Chair Customized for Indoors and Out

At first glance, the Balou Chair looks like it’s intended to sit in your living room, not out in the elements. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see that its textural, airy design is not created from stained rattan like its companion ottoman, but rather from weather-resistant polyethylene and nylon cord. Known for warming up modern design through the…

A Secretary with Polish

Eric Jourdan completes his Hyannis Port storage line for Ligne Roset with several sleek pieces bearing the line’s signature, bull-nose back corners. The secretary is a stand-out, featuring a pull-down door that opens to reveal two drawers with an adjustable center shelf, a suspended chest with storage niches, a full-width drawer with a center divider, and three more niches. Aside…

Angela Adams’s Tribute to Baba

Walk into Angela Adams’s ICFF booth and you are surrounded by an organic design environment with a decidedly modern twist. Adams’s new Signature collection Baba Carpet is a formal and elegant addition to her naturalistic design aesthetic, which was nurtured by the years she spent growing up on an island in Maine. “Baba evokes flowing air and water,” she says….

Marketing Sustainability to Industrial Designers

“Regulations in Europe and Japan mandate greener products, and, if the U.S. does not design its products to be in step with these regulations, they will not compete in the global marketplace,” says Jacquelyn Ottman, president of J. Ottman Consulting, a firm that helps businesses develop and market environmentally sound products and services. As concern for the environment escalates worldwide,…

Metropolis Makes an Entrance at Exit Art

It’s Monday night…time to make a toast to ICFF 2003. Where? Exit Art one of New York’s hottest exhibit spaces and current site of the Exit Biennial, “The Reconstruction”. The party was produced by Truck and Metropolis, cocktails by Bombay Saphhire. Exit Art features site-specific installations by young and emerging artists, and the current exhibit focuses on the theme of…

The Vitra Party

Welcome to Vitra, the Meat Packing District’s Mecca of eclectic modern design. On display…Maharam and Jack Spade bags and Constantin Boym’s design genius. Ask Constantin about his favorite piece in his show, and he says, “That’s like asking which child you like best!” Walk with him downstairs to his “Oh Boym!” exhibit, and his passion becomes palpable. May 18, 2003…

The USM Showroom

The Metropolis team visited the showroom of Swiss modular furniture company USM for a cocktail with marketing manager Ana Bilski. May 18, 2003 Categories: Uncategorized