Interiors

We’re Still Waiting on a Solution to the Noise Problem of Open Offices

A new white paper from Allsteel investigates this and other workplace-specific challenges.

I admit it. I tend to overuse the phrase, “Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.” So here I go again. I’d like to point out that we need to bring two issues together when it comes to getting things done:  We need to temper our ability to do our work digitally and in places that aren’t offices and…

What’s Happening in the Workplace?

“May you live in interesting times.” So goes the Chinese curse.  And make no mistake, ours is one of the most “interesting times” we’ve ever experienced. I’ve been around long enough to remember working pre-computer, Internet, email, Apple products, and even pre-fax machines. The amount of change in my lifetime has been staggering and the pace of that change is…

Metropolis’ Dream Hotels Directory

As a companion to our April issue cover story, The Dream Hotel, we have created a Directory of the most interesting, designer-approved hotels around the world.

Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah, picked by designer Amy Lau for its great view (photo courtesy Kempinski Hotels) I have many pet peeves that, I wager, are shared by most travelers today. Among these moments of discomfort are the endless security lines and rude TSA agents, tight seats on planes, indifferent service, noisy and hyper active hotel lobbies, rooms with inoperable windows…

Holdings Company Finds an Unlikely Home in New Haven Ruin

Higher One's office negotiates a dilapidated factory and a postindustrial economy, producing something of a new architectural typology in the process.

Governor Dannel Malloy cuts the ribbon at the new Higher One offices Courtesy Teo Quintana Last Tuesday, financiers Higher One cut the ribbon on its new, 150,000 sq. ft., $46 million office space in New Haven’s once-defunct Winchester Repeating Arms factory. Designed by Svigals + Partners and completed in only nine months, the building will provide offices for 240 employees. What…

A Private Tour of Dining by Design

One highlight of this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show was DIFFA’s Dining by Design. This special exhibition features a smorgasbord of more than 40 dining environments created through a series of collaborations between designers and design brands. These whimsical installations raise funds to support direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. On March 25,…

Fab.com’s Co-Founder on Living in a Culture of Savvy Design Enthusiasts

Bradford Shellhammer talks the e-commerce site's expansion into fashion design and how high-end, niche markets are now increasingly more accessible.

When I heard that Fab.com, a flourishing e-commerce site that recently reached the 2 million mark in membership and that this month, the site is introducing five new vertical shops, I wanted to get a peek behind the scenes. So I went to Bradford Shellhammer, co-founder with Jason Goldberg, the business genius behind the success story of Fab.com, a site…

Doshi Levien’s Dream House debuts at IMM Cologne Furniture Fair

After an absence of four years, the Ideal House concept, “Das Haus,” is back, showcasing this year’s guest designers, the London studio Doshi Levien.

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien The IMM Cologne furniture fair is worth visiting because you get to see furniture made in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland that you might not see elsewhere, as well as product debuts by wunder stars like Stefan Diez or Konstantin Grcic. Moreover the fair’s d3 Design Talents section is among the best-curated exhibitions of young designers from around the world. And…

Learn to Design Sustainable Interiors This Fall

The Fashion Institute of Technology is an old name in interior design education–its highly reputed undergraduate program has been setting standards for the profession for more than 50 years. Now FIT’s School of Graduate Studies is offering a new master’s program in Sustainable Interior Environments that promises to respond to the changing demands on interior design. The program addresses the…

What’s Next: Hospitality

The sector that once seemed to crank out a new Nobu each week has had to learn to make do with less. Much less. To hear David Rockwell, the high priest of chichi hospitality design, tell it, that’s a good thing. “There is a greater opportunity to be more imaginative and experimental with fewer resources,” says Rockwell, whose portfolio incidentally…

Style & Substance

Anachronistic tastes land Roman & Williams two of New York’s hottest hotels—and a quiet, little brick apartment building that looks like it might be more than a century old.

Ten Tips For Creating a 21st-Century Classroom Experience

Sandy Speicher, who heads the Design for Learning efforts at IDEO, shares powerful lessons for architects and designers creating the schools of tomorrow.

In recent years, IDEO has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about education. The firm’s work with Ormondale Elementary School, in Portola Valley, California, helped pioneer a special “investigative-learning” curriculum that inspires students to be seekers of knowledge. We spoke to Sandy Speicher, who heads the Design for Learning efforts at IDEO. Her insights provide powerful lessons for…