Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006

 

Kopy Kats?

When a discussion erupted on one of our favorite blogs—www.designobserver.com—about two eco-friendly cleansers that have similar packaging, we couldn’t help but recall an earlier episode. In a Spy-like photo comparison, Design Observer posted one bottle from the hip brand Method—allegedly by Karim Rashid—and another from the discount brand Solutions, and encouraged readers to share their thoughts. “The design was stolen,”…

Homecoming

Russel Wright’s “landmark” Manitoga estate: it has a ring to it. And now it’s official. In February, Wright’s self-designed home and studio in New York’s Hudson Valley got the nod from the Department of the Interior. “It was a very rigorous home to live in,” daughter Annie Wright recalled in our March 2001 issue. “ I was really aware of…

Going the Google Route

The challenge was a relatively simple one: take the bus near my home in southeast Portland, Oregon, across the Willamette River to a laboratory just north of downtown on Naito Parkway, about five miles away. I was to plan the trip using Google Transit Trip Planner, a pilot program being tested here that is intended to act as a one-stop…

Wish FulFillment

As children’s stories go, it’s hard to come by a better plot. Crypton, maker of stain-resistant textiles, partnered with designer Sina Pearson to produce a collection called Good Wishes that includes a pattern crafted from cheerful drawings by second- graders. The proceeds from their series of bags will go to Quilts for Kids, a nonprofit that makes blankets for children…

Funny Memories

Dutch designer Guido Ooms finds humor in contradiction, most recently in a device where nature and technology come together. His USB Memory Sticks (www.oooms.nl) are encased in what he calls “natural-wood beauties”—small pieces of timber that he finds on the forest floor near his hometown, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The particular branches he is drawn to contain tiny engravings left by…

Google: The Challengers

In the kingdom of search, Google is so dominant that even as competitors match Google’s speed and quality they know that just being as good is not good enough. July 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized

Exquisite Font

Inspired by Janet Cardiff’s writing and editing process, Thees Dohrn and Philipp Von Rohden, of Zitromat in Berlin, dismantled the Sabon typeface to create the custom letterforms—pieces of Rs married to pieces of Gs, for example—that lead readers through the author’s newest title, The Walk Book (distributed by D.A.P.), with the same dreamy effect its acoustic narratives bring to the…

Google: 13 Ways to Collaborate

Clive Wilkinson Architects diagrammed 13 work settings for the Googleplex, on a scale from “hot” areas that encourage nomadic work and chance encounters, such as the billiards-ready clubhouse, to “cold” ones intended for quiet, focused concentration, like the enclosed workroom. Within each of these spaces the employees are allowed a great deal of flexibility. “The furniture is highly movable, so…

Comments

comments