Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005
Set up on an aging New York pier, the Nomadic Museum creates a luminous interior space.
Everything on the walls of the austere new MoMA has been carefully considered—down to the signage for finding basic amenities. Dresser Johnson was commissioned to design 17 icons for the museum’s renovation, several of which gently make over the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 1974 symbols, transforming those ubiquitous cucumber-limbed robots into characters with a pulse. “The classic wheelchair icon is…
Arne Jacobsen’s Seven, one of the most loved—and widely copied—chairs in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Fourteen young Finnish designers apologize—possibly for the fact that
they’re having so much fun.
Maija Louekari’s new designs for Marimekko are more intimate than the company’s famous patterns.
The fifteen finalists for the 2005 Next Generation® Design Competition displayed an inspiring blend of conceptual flair and social responsibility.
Are shopping districts inspired by New Urbanism a form of cultural brainwashing?
By giving Porto, Portugal, an active landmark, Janet Echelman altered the town’s notion of what sculpture can be.
This year’s co-winners share a commitment to process that might help designers solve some of our most complex problems.
Arne Jacobsen’s Seven chair recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and manufacturer Fritz Hansen launched several new colors, finishes, and styles to commemorate the occasion. But what may be less well known is the Seven—also known as the Sevener, Butterfly, and just plain 3107—has scads more descendents. Jacobsen himself made a number of one-piece laminates—chairs made of thin sheets of laminated…
A Parsons student’s chair captures the motion of flipping through Wilsonart laminates.
Creating a restaurant inside the new MoMA required acts of imagination—and diplomacy.
These new products can transform a house into a home.
A new book depicts L.A. in all its multiplicity.
At the Yale School of Architecture, students are getting real-world lessons about design from their future clients.
To create sculptural statements, Ivalo Lighting turns to the masters of form-giving: architects.
Bucharest’s National Museum of Contemporary Art opens in a section of the wildly oversize Palace of Parliament building.
Cambridge Architectural Mesh.
Patricia Urquiola shakes up the world of Italian design with daring work and a larger-than-life persona. Enter “the Hurricane.”
Cell-phone designers improve the way we communicate; traffic-signal designers make crossing the street easier. And cake-plate designers? Well, they want to make eating cake more enjoyable. Lunar Design, a San Francisco-based industrial-design firm known for its work with companies like Packard and Palm, wanted to create something memorable—but economical to produce—to commemorate its twentieth anniversary. Working under the banner of…