Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2010
The problems we face may be vast, but individual efforts add up.
The design directors of five leading contract-furniture companies stare into a crystal ball made hazy by a deep recession and fundamental shifts in the way we work.
The flamboyant architect adds another project to her crown of built forms.
Southwest Airlines’ new “green” plane flies on a message of savvy environmentalism and even savvier marketing.
Young designers bring derring-do into a marketplace starved for fresh ideas.
Architects find promise in New York’s rising sea levels.
Is James Cameron’s blockbuster beautiful? No more than Grand Theft Auto.
Smart manufacturing gives new products and updated classics better environmental profiles.
Maya Romanoff looks to traditional Himalayan artisanship for its latest wallpaper collection.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
An award-winning planning study for Lower Manhattan may act as a model for future development.
Mechanical-engineering students design a better bathroom fixture.
The open-source model has begun to make inroads into the world of industrial design. Now an innovative new program attempts to bring that ethos to the scale of buildings.
Introducing Metropolis’s annual special product issue
William Mitchell and the MIT Media Lab take on one of urban America’s hidden foes: the car.
Led by a hard-charging CEO and his right-hand man, Grohe uses design to remake both the bathroom and its own business.
The Chill serving platter, from the Danish team of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, may look like a classic piece of Scandinavian design, but it packs a novel surprise. Hidden between the melamine tray and the porcelain plate is a cooling pad that keeps cheese, sushi, or smørrebrød at the perfect temperature. Now you can possess the secret: the platter,…
Having a single model suited to more than one errand makes the bike appealing for short-distance outings.
You’ll need a pen to navigate the better part of Martí Guixé’s new offerings for Alessi. The Catalan designer’s first collection for the Italian manufacturer includes three “communicator” vessels that have places—in the shape of an arrow, balloons, and a plant—to scribble notes. A blank clock allows you to fill in any thoughts, images, or other associations you have with…
Overhauling the heart of the crib gives babies a healthier place to sleep.