Design

Celestial Lighting

“The concept was to capture the balance and the beauty of the curves of the traditional chandelier, without the weight,” JGoodDesign founder Jeff Goodman says of his newest work, the $5,135 Astral Chandelier. Three mouth-blown glass tubes, suspended by steel cable, overlap one another. Each tube terminates in a halogen point. The pale waves are reminiscent of the sine curves…

Furniture From the Fast Lane

Designers Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çaglar make their ICFF debut with a line of seating, lighting, and assorted furniture from their studio, Autoban. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, the two interior designers often design products as part of their interior design projects. The designs clearly have classical inspiration but are pared down with simple materials and surprising forms. The Bergére Arm…

Graphic Designer Paula Scher Maps an Atlas of the World

The exhibition “Paula Scher: The Maps”—on view at New York’s Maya Stendhal Gallery—presents twelve painstakingly detailed map paintings.

In the early 1990s, renowned graphic designer Paula Scher began painting small, opinionated maps—colorful depictions of continents and regions, covered from top to bottom by a scrawl of words. Within a few years, the maps grew larger and more elaborate. “I began painting these things sort of in a silly way,” Scher, a partner at the Pentagram design firm, said…

Furniture Designers: Embracing Technology, Honoring Tradition

The following speech and images are excerpted from a talk Metropolis editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy delivered June 24, 2004 at the Savannah (Georgia) College of Art & Design. The occasion was a conference held by the Furniture Society. If you don’t believe that furniture is intimately connected to its user, think of two scenes from the film “Regarding…

Luisa Cevese’s Fossilized Textiles

Damaged fabrics made of precious yarns, stained tablecloths, old lace, and prayer rugs with worshipped-in holes are among the objects that end up in Luisa Cevese’s hands. The Milan-based designer, who is known for fixing fabric remnants in resin for her Riedizioni line of bags and shades, has now begun transforming damaged textiles into more rarified art objects, mats, and…

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,…

Furniture Galore

Every year, NeoCon brings together commercial and residential furnishing manufacturers and design professionals for days of knowledge-sharing, vision-casting, and overall inspiration. Metropolis

Flexible Office Furniture for Working—or Relaxing

Metro extends its Bix line with a series of pieces specifically created to encourage office-wide collaboration. The podium and bench coordinate with the original lounges for intimate—and flexible—work areas that can start to resemble the seating found in an upscale coffee house. An optional service tray slides across the top of either piece of Bix furniture and makes a handy…

Knock-Down/Drag-Out Furniture

With the clever name of this line of collapsible furniture, Christopher Douglas tells you exactly how these pieces should be used: break them down into flat storage for the day to day, and haul them out when the company arrives. The dining table’s construction is a tab-and-slot design that’s as clever visually as it is functionally. The equally dynamic Flipper…

Star-Struck Furniture Design

The furniture designer to the stars, Charles Hollis Jones, is enjoying his first retrospective at the R 20th Century’s R Gallery in New York City. Entitled “Seeing Clearly,” the exhibit runs until December 31. Hollis Jones is situated between mid-century modernism and postmodernism, and his eclectic experimentation with forms, ranging from the biomorphic (Waterfall love seat, 1968) to the popular…

Furniture Overboard!

Lolah got its start when a Toronto yacht builder asked a group of young Canadian designers to start an offshoot furniture line using its high-tech manufacturing facility. The resulting line of furniture is a rare combination of high-performance materials, experienced craftsmanship, and fresh ideas. Lolah uses radio-frequency molding, a technology never before brought to home furnishings, to create the handsomely…

Multiple-Use Furniture

Seating dictates “how and where you sit, and how you behave,” says Art Center College of Design student Yoshi Saito. Not so with Saito’s Hug, a sort of pod inspired by cocoons and pet beds. The hand-stitched layers of industrial-grade felt give new meaning to the word “nestle.” And they adapt to the user’s imagination. The Hug is part of…