Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005
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…
Johannes Foersom and Peter Hiort-Lorenzen’s Imprint chair for Lammhults.
Metropolis’s Next Generation Design Competition defines the spirit of our time: a new evolving ethic.
“Women take both their sports and their style seriously. Why should we have to sacrifice one for the other?” designer Stella McCartney asks on an Adidas Web site announcing her new line for the athletics company. McCartney has answered that question with a collection that looks more like futuristic Zen warrior gear than your average gym ensemble. “We combined Stella’s…
Why is architectural thought taught without the benefit of architectural fact?
Andrew Prinz and Robert Pietrusko’s Brooklyn-based Simultaneous Workshop mixes music and design.
Tall trees, lush ferns, leafy canopies—you can see them all in Boska, a windowless restaurant that opened recently in Plaza Escenaria, in Mexico City’s San Jeronimo neighborhood. Local architect Michel Rojkind and industrial designer Hector Esrawe have created a forest motif for the interior. Wood is featured prominently throughout the design—from the trunklike strip of teak that runs diagonally across…