Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine August 2006
One of Karim Rashid’s latest consumer creations is a mysterious-looking 18-inch-tall plastic cone that proves, on inspection, to be a Dust Buster. Fortunately the Dirt Devil vacuum—dubbed the Kone—is not just an amusing conceit but a smart piece of industrial design. The shape grew out of Rashid’s idea of slotting the vacuum vertically in a wide charging base; the tapering…
SOM’s tower in Guangzhou, China, aims to generate more energy than it uses.
Angled, faceted, and folded products emerge as the latest design trend.
For this residential exhibition, architects harness new technologies to address social ills.
An enlightened real estate broker lovingly restores a Paul Rudolph house with the goal of preserving a masterpiece—and making a profit.
This young Brooklyn firm’s research process—necessarily fast and cheap—is quickly earning them a reputation for ingenuity.
Having recently completed high-profile retail interiors in China, SURV now has its sights set on big structural projects.
Having just completed a Midtown steakhouse, New York downtown darlings AvroKO are set to reach a wider audience.
Embroidery is not hip. Knitting, yes; quilting, maybe. But embroidery? It’s too fusty, too methodical, too grandmotherly. Not that London-based wallpaper company Fromental is too worried about it. Since founding the company last year, husband-and-wife team Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes have been reinvigorating the traditional side of wallpaper design with style and aplomb, incorporating flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, even…
The Grateful Palate brings a whimsical graphic sensibility to its new wine offerings.
A Modern preservationist and the original architect of his 1950s house collaborate on a new landscape that honors the spirit of the past without slavishly reproducing it.
A summer workshop gives young graphic designers a career boost.
“I like that design can be something more than just making new products,” Hella Jongerius says of Beads & Pieces, a collaboration between Artecnica and Aid to Artisans in Peru that aims to improve the country’s economic conditions through the manufacturing and distribution of local crafts. Black clay and beadwork are indigenous to the region, but the pink-on-black color scheme…
Threatened by a raging real estate market, the Eliot Noyes house faces an uncertain future as his family begins sorting out its preservation options.
An award-winning chair by Harri Koskinen makes its American debut.
“I’m not an ice-cream guy,” says Jim Baxter, the technologist behind the design of the MooBella vending machine (www.moobella.com), which churns out a 4.5-ounce cup in 45 seconds. “But it’s fun to watch consumers at the machine. Before they touch a button they’re laughing. As they pick flavors and mix-ins they really laugh. When they get it they scream.” Operating…
Andy Spade’s new Soho store—a case study in subversive branding and calculated undesign—unseats all the conventional wisdom surrounding upscale retailing.
Answers a few questions on architecture, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Gehry’s First NYC Project Disappoints—Yet Again
A “Gehry” is at its best when it's pure, unfinished structure. But the final, disappointing product always shows Gehry's true priority: style.
The promise of a “Gehry” is often compromised by the unforgiving realities of building.
Of industrial designer Denise DeLong’s new Ceramic Boat Cleats you might wonder: What the hell’s a boat cleat? But even the most nautically challenged can enjoy her sleek reinterpretation of the brass mooring hardware. The cleats not only look cool but also make excellent pegs for your snorkel, goggles, lifejacket, harpoon, and shark repellent. Or you can just use them…