Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2008
Tanya Aguiñiga’s furniture incorporates local culture, traditional crafts, and layers of colorful fabric.
Some new products to make the daily grind friendlier and more sustainable
A postproduction studio lands a home that is perfectly adapted to its needs.
RISD’s outgoing president prepares to build a new breed of cultural institutions in Qatar.
Stefan Sagmeister’s latest book may reveal as much about the state of graphic design as it does about its compelling author.
A couple of accidental wallpaper designers try not to repeat themselves.
WTC Fate Comes Clear: Prepare for Ordinary
What’s now under construction at Ground Zero is looking like a fairly typical twenty-first-century business district.
What’s now under construction is looking like a fairly typical twenty-first-century business district.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design
A high-end version of the common building material elevates a bus depot in the Paris suburbs to a piece of social commentary.
A spine expert sizes up the performance of two of the latest ergonomic chairs.
Faced with a site destined for taller construction, an architect produces a short-term structure that is long on style.
Steelcase’s new modular office system encourages paper pushers to cozy up.
A corporate anthropologist helps Chronicle Books design its office around organizational relationships.
A new public library tries to heal a war-torn Colombian town.
On a recent trip to Helsinki, architect Page Goolrick found herself battling the damp cold equipped with little more than a short jacket. So she did what most of us wish we were re-sourceful enough to do, and fashioned her own protective shawl out of a yard of woven cashmere bought at a local fabric store. The chic charcoal gray…
A new air purifier looks to provide fresh air in offices on a desk-by-desk basis.
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…
The leading textile companies aim to establish industry-wide environmental standards.
Designed by homegrown firm Snøhetta, the Oslo Opera House is a bridge between the city and its waterfront.
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.