Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2008

 

In Sync

Technology is rapidly transforming health care, bringing dramatic (and long overdue) changes to the look of many hospitals. Sync, a swoopy new nurse’s station from Nurture by Steelcase, is an architectural response to the less paper/more technology imperative. “People have been talking about decentralized nursing for twenty years now, but the hurdle was always technology,” says George Vangelatos, a principal…

Looming Debate

The battle over building heights in Paris pits a popular socialist mayor against real estate developers who would love to see the City of Light enter the twenty-first century.

Out of the Shadows

With more people working from home, Herman Miller commissions a new line of domestic office furniture to accompany its famous Eames and Nelson pieces. But are icons born or made?

A Table to Go

Last year, when Heath Ceramics owners Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic took the train from New York to California with their three-year-old baby, they brought along two of the enduring Sausalito company’s plates and a bowl. “It’s so much nicer than eating with that plastic stuff,” Bailey says. Though the glazed-ceramic pieces were heavy, the couple ended that epic journey…

Lightning Rod

In need of an update, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s historic tower sparks a debate about the conservation of Modern architecture.

Cottage Industry

­With this month’s launch of a Web-based company, Brett Zamore hopes to do what no one in the market has done so far: deliver sustainable modern homes that live up to the promise of affordability.

Instant Heirloom

If you’ve been coveting Hella Jongerius’s Layers textiles ever since Maharam previewed them in 2006 (see “The Art of Layering,” October 2006), the wait is finally over. In two patterns, decorative stitching reminiscent of hand embroidery ties together sheets of felt, while in others circular outlines appear to mutate and degrade. (The Layers Garden Double pattern is shown here on…

Deeply Felt

Tanya Aguiñiga’s furniture incorporates local culture, traditional crafts, and layers of colorful fabric.

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