Metropolis staff

Doing Well by Doing Good

They may be driven by the best of intentions or sense unique marketing opportunities. But companies large and small are discovering that undertaking socially responsible initiatives—being part of the solution—can have a positive effect on the bottom line.

Maya Lin’s Stones

The ICFF’s courtyard seating, a collection of Maya Lin’s Stones, is a quiet surprise. A series of low, mahogany-colored “rocks,” they offer an escape from the bustle of conference activity, as well as from the concrete of the city; they provide a place for exhausted attendees to rest, eat, and watch the world go by. Lin designed these Stones, which…

Design Education

Most articles on the subject start with a simple, almost knee-jerk, premise: education is “in crisis.” We hear about it most when it’s most troubled. Design education is different. It is specialized and diffuse: some programs are cutting-edge, others are struggling; some disciplines are reinventing themselves, others are mired in old ways of thinking. So while we won’t generalize about…

IIDA Honors Design, Sustainability Advocates

Interface chairman and CEO Ray Anderson, Sasaki Associates’ Michael Bourque, and Metropolis editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy were among those lauded at the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA’s) International Honors and Awards. IIDA president Anita Barnett, FIIDA, presided over the ceremony, held June 15 in the Studio Theater at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Interface’s Anderson received the Star…

Pratt Students on the Make

Designed from a scrap of polyethylene fabric and perched atop a lazy Susan, the swiveling Rotaria chair looks ready to take flight. Cut like a dress pattern from a PETG cast-off, the backrest springs slightly, and its wings bend upward on each side, allowing users to sit both frontward and casually sidesaddle. Turkish-born Pratt student Baris Yazici has designed a…

Federlegno-Arredo Does It Again

Although there are dozens of Italian manufacturers at the fair—each with their own products—the impressive collective presence makes a larger branding statement. It says, simply, “Welcome to the wonderful world of Italian design.” Each year Federlegno-Arredo, the Italian trade commission, does an elegant job pulling all of the exhibitors together in a way that promotes specific products while selling a…

ICFF 2003 Editors Awards

Best Booth: Swarovski, Booth 318 Best Design School: Virginia Tech, Booth 778 Multiple Production: Wolf Gordon, Booth 721 Materials: Innovations in Wallcoverings, Booth 639 Outdoor Furniture: Bench by Cienporciento Diseno Group from Argentina, Booth 731 Best Accessories: Satyendra Pakhalé for RSVP, Booth 127 Kitchen and Bath: Axolo, Booth 343 Textiles: Maharam, Booth 1135 Carpet and Flooring: Kasthall Mattor & Golv,…

Food Sculpture in Boston

CANSTRUCTION is a national community service project sponsored by the Society of Design Administration. Designers create sculptures using non-perishable foods-principally cans-and the food is donated to local charities. In Boston, 19 sculptures have been on display since October 28 at the Boston Design Center, the Museum of Science, and South Station—all in Boston. The sculptures were created out of 40,000…