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Calling all NYC Designers

The MoMA Design Store on 53 St. in New York City. Want a chance to be in the Museum of Modern Art? Well, the MoMA Design Store at least. If you are a talented designer based in one of New York City’s five boroughs, then the design store’s open call may just be for you. The store is inviting local…

Q&A: Adam Tihany and the CIA

Photo: Bill Hughes Adam Tihany, known for designing iconic restaurants and famous resorts from New York to Jerusalem and points in between, is the new art director for the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Tihany is set to play a key role in the aesthetics of CIA’s expansion and renovation programs. I spoke to him…

Q&A: Jasper Morrison

Last September, during London’s design week, I travelled to Hackney in East London to visit Jasper Morrison at his studio and shop, where he debuted several products: a running shoe for Spanish shoemaker Camper, a cordless telephone and the latest model of the r5.5 wristwatch for Swiss watch manufacturer Rado, and —the last which is launching at the Maison &…

Flash Floods Severely Damage Arup-Designed School

1 School Outside The Druk White Lotus School in Shey, India, which I wrote about back in 2009, was seriously damaged in a recent flood and mudslides that took place in the remote Ladakh region of the Himalayas in last week. Preliminary estimates of the damage and repair of the buildings and infrastructure will cost over $130,000 (this does not…

Live@ICFF, Editor’s Pick:  Tivoli Audio

When it comes to technology, one of my favorite objects is a Tivoli portable radio. The high-quality sound, the compact size, and the old-school knobs are perfect for simple folk like me. What’s refreshing is that the company in recent years has embraced Design with a capital “D.” This year’s iPAL models, for example, are available in high-gloss red, green,…

The Triennale di Milan in New York

When it comes to cultural design spaces in New York, I’d have to say that I sometimes get the feeling they are in crisis: Cooper-Hewitt will be closing soon for its renovation (they’ve already closed access to their collections, though they just opened their Triennial, which is worth seeing); the Museum of Arts and Design is continually having funding challenges…

Sneak Peek: Poetic License

Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell at Moss were so excited with their latest exhibition, Poetic License, that I asked Franklin to send over some pics. The show, which celebrates rule breaking, envelope pushing, and taking chances—everything a designer should be doing—showcases works that push the boundaries of what’s been done before in a variety of media. You’ll see some launches…

It’s Official!

While this is old news to Metropolis readers, the Smithsonian has finally gone on the record announcing that Bill Moggridge is going to be the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt. He’ll have a lot of challenges ahead. But I’m happy with the choice. Congratulations, Bill! Previously: Drum Roll, Please: The next director of the Cooper-Hewit is . . . ….

Drum Roll, Please

It’s been over a year since the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt announced the departure of Paul Thompson and formed a search committee to find a replacement. No official announcements have been made and the staff members I’ve spoken to have either been clueless or mum. So, while doing the rounds in Europe this week, the subject came up again. Names bandied about…

The Metropolis Minute: Productsphere

. . . . Each month, Productsphere brings design professionals a wealth of innovative and inventive new products, organized around a central theme of particular relevance to the industry. After the jump, Metropolis’s editorial director, Paul Makovsky, talks about his Productsphere column in the October issue of the magazine. Whether you’re speccing products for a new interior or just trying…

Q&A: Leaving Las Vegas

In their new book of photographs, Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern eschew the famous Strip in favor of the surrounding Mojave Desert.

Swedish Wish

Projects from industrial design students present a future with zero emissions