Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2008


All Wrapped Up

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…

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.