Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005

 

Who’s the New Guy?

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…

One And Only

Arne Jacobsen’s Seven, one of the most loved—and widely copied—chairs in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Motion and Change

By giving Porto, Portugal, an active landmark, Janet Echelman altered the town’s notion of what sculpture can be.

The Seven Chair’s Sisters

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…

Eye Of The Storm

Patricia Urquiola shakes up the world of Italian design with daring work and a larger-than-life persona. Enter “the Hurricane.”

Having Your Cake

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…

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