Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2008

 

A New Old Thread

At this month’s Design Miami, tapestry, that fusty realm of unicorns and Renaissance battles, is staging a comeback. The exhibition Demons, Yarns and Tales—an unusual collaboration between 15 artists and Banners of Persuasion, a spin-off of the Rug Company—offers a contemporary take on a stor­ied art form. Christopher Sharp, who founded both companies with his wife, Suzanne, explains that much…

Modernism on Wheels

Alexander Girard’s colorful, folksy midcentury patterns have adorned everything from children’s toy blocks and Anna Sui dresses to sofas for Herman Miller (where he headed the textiles department under the Eameses). But the vivid designs have never looked quite as zippy as they do on Electra Bicycle Company’s two new versions of its popular Amsterdam model. Each women’s bike features…

Boomtown Blues

­Recent trips to Dubai and Shanghai have our columnist pondering how Jane Jacobs might react to these unbridled cities.

Off the Grid

­A New Yorker’s minimalist landscape paintings draw on elemental forms of the built environment.

Surface Treatment

Despite a nod to 1970s craft, Sam Buxton’s knotted interior for a new London bar echoes his high-tech approach to products.

Rediscovered Masterpiece: The Ford Foundation

Anticipating many of today’s environmental and workplace issues, the 41-year-old Ford Foundation Building is remarkably prescient civic architecture.

Anticipating many of today’s environmental and workplace issues, the 41-year-old Ford Foundation Building, by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, remains a remarkably prescient piece of civic architecture.

Raw Ground

­The new Pentagon Memorial addresses the events of 9/11 by honoring each of the victims that died there that day.

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