Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2012
Columbia’s Studio-X, a think tank with labs all over the world, may be a new model for design education.
The long and prolific life of Eva Zeisel
The Almighty Grid Can’t stand the Byzantine streets of the Levittowns of the world? A new Web site created by Harold Cooper satiates the desires of every gridophile by mapping planet Earth according to Manhattan’s plan. Sparked by the grid’s 200th anniversary, Cooper’s interactive site extends the scheme to nearly every spot on the globe. Just head up to 71,730th…
There are some bold product choices available for people who want to express themselves.
Dana Barnes makes giant sculptural textiles using an improvised felting technique.
Small touches of whimsy enliven Nika Zupanc’s austere home-office furniture.
Although today it seems as natural as air, Manhattan’s system of numbered streets is actually a visionary piece of urban planning.
Akihisa Hirata blends organic inspiration with geometric form for an art pavilion in Tokyo.
Saul Bass, the legendary designer of title graphics, finally gets his due.
Peter Bohlin has crafted a landscape-hugging house on the border of a picture-perfect nature preserve in Connecticut.
Yves Béhar makes popping pills look—and sound—more youthful.
Armed with a Newtonian color wheel, the architects at Stamberg Aferiat infuse a midcentury hotel with a burst of visual energy.
Two structures along the Hudson River provide new ways of engaging with the landscape.
Drawing on his experience in a wheelchair, Michael Graves designs the Army’s first fully accessible house for wounded vets and their families.
Daylighting in Chicago FROM ERIN HOGAN In an otherwise interesting exchange on lighting in “Leading Luminaries” (by Barbara Eldredge, Derrick Mead, and Martin C. Pedersen, December 2011, p. 40), it was disturbing to see a patently erroneous statement regarding the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing, which opened in May 2009. James Benya’s assertion that the building was a “technical…