Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2007

 

Big Gulp

Most of us swallow effortlessly when we are scared or anxious, during a business lunch, or over celebratory cocktails. But the millions with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing at all. Now the magnetically controlled Swallow Enhancement Device, designed by Product Development Technologies, makes it possible to trigger the act manually. With a simple squeeze, a handheld device prompts the titanium throat…

It’s Got Legs

When faced with outfitting their studio, architects Della Valle and Bernheimer decided to invest time and effort into creating a lively new worktable with real mass-market appeal.

Interior World

Susan Yelavich immersed herself in some of the most innovative spaces of the past quarter-century to produce her new book.

Tate, Take 2

Herzog & de Meuron has designed an airy glass addition for the top of a riverside industrial building—this time not on the Thames but on the Elbe. Hamburg’s new philharmonic hall, to be completed by 2010, will house performance spaces, a five-star hotel, luxury apartments, and a brewery. But the project’s real high note is the public plaza situated between…

Media Wall

As you enter the IAC Building, you might notice how the heads of people sitting in reception are dwarfed by a giant globe projected on a 20-foot-wide screen behind them, as if in some Barry Diller–esque restaging of the war room in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove. You might also notice a trackball perched atop the reception desk. If…

Summer Fling

To many New Yorkers, the opening of Liquid Sky, this year’s courtyard installation for P.S. 1’s Warm Up, will herald the start of summer. But to creators Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues it begins the cycle of another temporary work. The design-build duo created the tensile pavilion from a tentlike surface composed of custom-made Mylar petals and stretched across utility…

Product Innovation

The IAC interiors were a dramatic departure from Studios Architec­ture’s previous breakthrough project—the Bloomberg New York headquarters (see “Total Design,” November 2005), where every product and design flourish reflected the brand. “Bloomberg’s culture has an absolute precision and a definition of what they are, and their spaces carry it from A to Z—their workstations look like the monitors, which look…

Rocking The Boat

The Front Runner is a bit like a vitamin-enriched soft drink: a healthier product for a market merely seeking gratification. “Boating is filled with hot-rodders and hillbillies who just want to go fast,” industrial designer Joey Ruiter says. “That’s who boat manufacturers are targeting. I’m saying that you can have the horsepower and the excitement, but you don’t have to…

Askcity

It’s finally Friday, and you’re ready to plan a relaxing evening with friends. First you’d like to go to a small dimly lit bar, and then a restaurant—preferably one with seviche. Afterward you want to take in a movie (better get tickets now), and then it’s off to another few bars and maybe a karaoke joint. Everything should be within…

Coming Together

The team of designers behind a Noah’s ark gallery in Los Angeles reflects the values of the Old Testament story.

The Boardroom

Located adjacent to Barry Diller’s private office, IAC’s sixth-floor boardroom is very much a reflection of the company’s buttoned-down maverick boss: an elaborate combination of traditional wood and nontraditional technology. Because IAC makes extensive use of videoconferencing, the room became “sort of its own project within the bigger project,” says Eric Levin, director of real estate development. A guitar-pick-shaped conference…

Radical Moment

A new book of photographs captures the brief Soviet period when architecture symbolized the egalitarian promise of Communism.

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