Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2009


Michael Graves, Irving Harper, Others Remember George Nelson

George Nelson's talented team reveals the method to the madness—and how Nelson's greatest genius may have been in bringing them together.

George Nelson—architect, industrial designer, writer, editor, gadfly, and master impresario. Now the talented team behind one of design’s great figures reveals the method to the madness—and how his greatest genius may have been his skill in bringing them together.

Letter Perfect

What a difference four years makes. In 2005, just after earning their master’s degrees in architecture from Columbia Univer­s­­­ity, Minnie Jan and Daisuke Nagatomo were thrilled to receive a Viewer’s Choice Award in the OFS Hotseat competition, spon­sored by Metropolis. “We just designed what we wanted and submitted it,” Nagatomo says of their entry, a playful, porous chair. But he…

An Experiment in Green: U.S. Green Building Council’s New Headquarters

Envision Design's biggest challenge yet? Creating an HQ for the U.S. Green Building Council that puts the organization’s ideas—and ideals—into action.

After designing offices for some of the leading environmental groups in the country, Envision Design takes on its biggest challenge yet: creating a new headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council that puts the organization’s ideas—and ideals—into action.

Design for Purpose: Generation by Knoll

PURPOSE: Task chair for the younger set I’ve never liked to think of myself as a Millen­nial, a member of Generation Y, that demographic cohort now in its teens and twenties. No doubt you’ve heard about us: we’re informal, tech-savvy, approval-hungry Facebook addicts, hopping from job to job in search of personal fulfillment and a sweet work-life balance. Most of…

The Milan Moment

A hopeful sign of change appears from Japan, via Finland, as 21st-century furniture designers wait in the wings.

Breaking Theme

­Neil Denari delivers a refined space for a Los Angeles restaurant
that takes its inspiration from street culture.

Design for Purpose: Whitelines

PURPOSE: Sketchbooks for persnickety designers Sometimes the mother of invention is not necessity but frustration. This was the case with the designer Olof Hansson, who found that the crisscrossing black lines of his graph paper detracted from the simplicity of his sketches. So the 36-year-old Swede set about developing an innovative kind of paper that uses white (instead of traditional…

A Bright Future

To develop an affordable chair for children, a Swedish design firm turns to a new material with vast potential.