Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2007
Konstantin Grcic, the prolific industrial designer from Munich, has a soft spot for rubbish. His trash cans for the German company Authentics were small miracles of functionalist design, and now he’s reprised them with Top, a new line of rainbow-hatted polypropylene bins. A weight in the back of the lid aids in opening and closing, and retractable connectors daisy-chain the…
Some of our best interior designers take a walk through their favorite rooms—past and present—showing us the moves behind the magic.
When Tad Fettig and Karena Albers, castaways from the world of commercial advertising (they met in Hawaii on a shoot for Degree deodorant), conceived of a show about eco-architecture, they imagined a small-bore project: “Sort of like This Old House meets green,” Fettig says. But as they began research for what became the PBS documentary series e2 design—which, in its…
Rudy’s Barbershop–a West Coast mini-chain with national aspirations–may have a formula for growth that satisfies a new generation’s thirst for authenticity.
With thick felt cables that give it an accordion-like ability to expand, the Stockholm bag reveals a lot about its provenance—no, not the Scandinavian capital for which it was named, but its architectural origins. Both Kelly Smith—the carryall’s designer—and her husband, Chris Grimley, logged time at Boston’s Machado and Silvetti Associates before launching Etcetera Media to tackle structure on a…
The American University of Sharjah injects some regional tradition into the rapidly modernizing Middle East.
Two young architects in a red camper take on Norway’s architectural ills.
Herzog & de Meuron’s 40 Bond is Ian Schrager’s latest over-the-top attack on the cultural status quo.
Saas Instruments hopes to recapture Finland’s lighting heyday with a refined new collection.
Noteworthy designs from the north
BioHavens add an aesthetic element to water features and natural landscapes that cleans and nourishes while you lounge.
A modest architectural commission becomes a platform for re-evaluating the entire U.S.–Mexico border.
These products and projects flirt with the dark side of design.
Commissioned for a spec house, Chile’s Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido deliver a subversive design.
Rome tests a tracking system in which you and your cell phone are the key to better urban flow.
Architect Peter Barfoed lays out his vision for the future of Greenland’s capital.
Whipsaw’s new design is a more natural way for babies to nurse.
Roman and Williams reinvents Philippe Starck’s infamous Royalton lobby.
Senator Moynihan’s grand vision for a new rail hub may be losing its civic luster.
A public-art project aims to reunite two sections of Kansas City that are divided by an interstate.