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Taking a New Look at Old Testament Architecture

Each year as summer gives way to chill, the Jewish faithful erect sukkahs, or temporary outdoor structures in which to eat meals. At first glance, the rules dictating the sukkah seem arcane to the point of amusement: for example, the roof cannot be made of utensils or anything conventionally functional; the roof cannot be made of food; during the day,…

Live@ICFF: Diesel with Moroso and Foscarini

The fashion house’s line of furniture and lighting, which will now be available through the Future Perfect, is characterized by the same kind of casual, on-the-go vibe as their trademark denim clothing. A lamp with a knit shade collapses, while another features the same kind of stitching found on dungarees. The sofa and chairs, which come in beige and indigo,…

Live@ICFF: Shimna’s Americana-Inspired Booth

Shimna’s booth celebrates the New York–based company’s local leanings. The pieces use reclaimed wood–lots of it from Pennsylvania Dutch country–and some are built by Mennonite carpenters. Accordingly, designer Aaron Huston and owner Michael Lamont have filled the space with Americana, including a silhouette portrait of Mark Twain and a quilt made by a Mennonite woman married to one of their…

Live@ICFF, Editor’s Pick:  Patty Johnson

This year Patty Johnson is showing designs from 10 Caribbean nations made by 20 different producers. The collection is defined by traditional materials and techniques, all of them socially and economically sustainable, but as usual Johnson has worked with the artisans to develop pieces that have broad appeal. There are objects made of tobacco leaves, leather, and coconut fiber, but…

Live@ICFF, Editor’s Pick: Mark Kinsley’s Riveli Shelving

Mark Kinsley, who won a spot in Bernhardt Design’s ICFF Studio, designed his Riveli modular shelving system for his own small apartment. “I wanted something that didn’t always have to be out but could be pulled down when my book collection grew,” says the Chicago-based designer. He quickly realized that the system, made of 9-by-17-inch aluminum plates with a black…

The Image vs. the Object

. Clockwise from top left: Sushir Kadidal’s Tempo chair; Alexandra Pulver’s Lunch Bag stool; Mike Jozewicz’s Nabolis chair; Esin Arsan’s 142 chair; and Jonathan Gillen’s Primitive chair . Wilsonart Challenges, a competition that asks a class of design students to come up with a chair to be photographed for an ad campaign, presents an interesting problem, because the winner is…

The Metropolis Minute: Our Special Product Issue

. . . . . On the site today, you’ll find Metropolis’s annual special product issue. After the jump, senior editor Kristi Cameron explains this year’s theme in the latest installment of our “Metropolis Minute” video series. Click here to watch previous “Minute” videos. Click here to subscribe to Metropolis. . March 17, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Subdued Exuberance

At the new La Fonda del Sol, Adam D. Tihany tones down the original restaurant’s over-the-top exoticism.

Wright by Women

A new film reveals that the great architect (and notorious womanizer) was surprisingly progressive when it came to hiring women associates.