Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2010
On a sunny winter afternoon, the lobby of 200 Fifth Avenue is glowing brightly, thanks to dozens of light sources trained on its white terrazzo floors and limestone walls. David W. Levinson, the owner of L&L Holding Company, “wanted it to blow away all the other lobbies in New York,” says Clark Johnson, the lighting designer for the building’s public…
With 15 locations in the works, the boutique-hospitality brand is taking a site-sensitive approach to building its global empire.
Antonio Citterio harnesses the experimental power of LEDs to design a new generation of lighting for Flos.
Because 200 Fifth Avenue is a historic building, the plans to renovate it had to run an all-too-familiar gauntlet: New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), long seen as an enemy of modern additions. But in this case, most of the updates involved the interior, with two crucial exceptions: the entrance on Fifth Avenue and a 15-story curtain wall, to…
Look for Emily Pilloton’s Design Revolution Road Show at a school near you.
A new elevated walkway at Morris Arboretum offers the thrill of dangling in the treetops.
200 Fifth Avenue—an old and venerable building in New York’s Flatiron District—gets a stunning modern makeover by Studios Architecture.
The ICFF is a magnet for international companies.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s furniture—fluid, curvaceous and seemingly handmade—harks back to an old and noble French tradition.
A group of artists and designers paint an outsize industrial building in Quebec City with light.
Reclaimed wood with a patina as rich as its history
In Re:Crafted (April; $50) Marc Kristal highlights 25 buildings in which site-specific designs produce exceptional architectural spaces. When it comes to defining craft, Kristal, a longtime contributor to Metropolis, invokes the former Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart on pornography: “I know it when I see it.” A more exact definition lies somewhere in the selected projects, including an art center…
An exhibition of student designs gives Grätzel solar cells their due.
In its unusual take on the desk lamp, the Swedish architectural studio TAF opted for a deliberately naïve form. The Wood Lamp, produced by the Scandinavian design group Muuto, is constructed almost entirely from pine and embellished only with butterfly bolts and an unexpectedly flashy green cord. Sure, it’s something an extremely savvy student might have pulled off in shop…
Even with wooden legs, Michael Young’s design for Emeco unmistakably recalls the company’s trademark Navy chair.
A noisy freeway inspires an ingenious sound wall for an affordable-housing complex in Silicon Valley.
Local people, using local materials, may be the best solution for the ravaged country.
Teixidors is a textile company with a conscience. Since 1983, the nonprofit, which produces a variety of wool, linen, silk, and cashmere products, has employed men and women with mental disabilities in a cooperative workshop in Catalonia, Spain. It takes up to four years for a weaver to learn how to use the complicated hand-operated looms well enough to work…
Taking a cue from the client’s desire for a less corporate look, Studios’ interiors team looked for authentic textures and finishes.
In choosing brass for the w102 desk light, David Chipperfield gave his slender new design for Wästberg a decided stateliness. But while the material may evoke cherry-paneled banks and library reading rooms, it’s hardly an exercise in nostalgia: LEDs and supple rubber accents—as luxurious as leather—keep it fresh. April 1, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized