Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2008
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…
In need of an update, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s historic tower sparks a debate about the conservation of Modern architecture.
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.
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…
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.