Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2010
Italian design CEOs talk about how their companies are responding to a shifting, unpredictable global marketplace.
An experimental new chandelier combines lighting with a dose of amateur bacteriology
“We’re developing a direct online presence in the U.S. and England.”
Austin: Which Way? Austin is the first city in the United States to test the German Car2go car- sharing system. Inspired by the Paris bike program, Car2go allows users to rent a Smart two-seater and drop it off anywhere in the city. On Yelp, enthusiastic reviewers already say they’re thinking about selling their old cars. Daimler is also working on…
ARCHITECT: Andre Kikoski Architect www.akarch.com When Andre Kikoski was hired to design a new facade for a pair of warehouses in Bushwick, a gritty, gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, he wanted it to nod to the pointillist, technically challenging skin of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris. “But this is not a watchmaker’s building,” the New York architect says. “And…
“Our challenge is to show how a door can be an element of added value.”
The renowned architect—and man of many
spectacles—fills out our questionnaire.
Manufacturer: When Objects Work www.whenobjectswork.com Richard Meier is no stranger to product design—his oeuvre includes furniture, flatware, wristwatches, and a grand piano—but it’s been quite a while since the venerable New York architect has turned his attention to household objects. Indeed, Meier’s new collection for the Belgian manufacturer When Objects Work (WOW) is his first foray into table-ware since 1983….
“This capacity to overcome obstacles and transform brilliant ideas into brilliant products is hard to imitate.”
Imm Cologne’s trend forecasters look
into the near future of interior design.
Marilyn Neuhart delivers the most comprehensive look yet at the designers’ legendary furniture
“Our biggest challenge now is to increase our presence and brand awareness in emerging markets.”
In Lower Manhattan, Rogers Marvel Architects satisfy security imperatives without sacrificing street life.
Solar-powered lighting is finally hitting its stride.
“Making quality products alone won’t guarantee success in this global economy.”
With the opening of his newest project—the mammoth 8House in Copenhagen—Bjarke Ingels continues his relentless climb to the top.
Ian Schrager teams up with Marriott on a global line of defiantly unhip boutique hotels.
“The business today is more complicated and intense than it was 20 or 30 years ago.”
The innovative manufacturer, darling of designers worldwide, celebrates its 90th anniversary.
From Camilla Fucili I read David Sokol’s article “Born-Again Crafts-man” with great interest (September 2010, p.32). The story of Timothy Liles is a perfect example of the dual nature of the industrial-design discipline. As a RISD student with an undergraduate background in 3-D digital work, I can totally relate to Liles’s point of view: his desire to return to craft,…