Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005


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…

Couture You Can Sweat In

“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…

Concrete Jungle

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…

Takeout: 2025

Putting a futuristic spin on that ubiquitous New York space, Studio Gaia designs a “boutique” deli.

The Ethics of Brick

Giving priority to social equity can lead to surprising conclusions that subvert some of the widely accepted principles of green design.