Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2011


Material Mimicry

Faux design is in demand. With advances in reproductive-image technologies, workhorse materials like porcelain tile and furniture upholstery can now adopt the look of wood, glass, oxidized metal, and natural fibers. Delicate-looking materials prove durable and easy to clean, and severe-looking seating is unexpectedly plush. Here are six products with surprising trompe l’oeil effects. March 1, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized


Leddy Maytum Stacy’s new Ed Roberts Campus epitomizes the firm’s commitment to socially relevant design.

Small Wonder

Rem Koolhaas and Clément Blanchet outfit a tiny Parisian bistro
with marble, mirrors, and a hint of Hellenistic architecture.

One for the Road

Norman Foster and a team of auto restorers finally realize a roadworthy version of Buckminster Fuller’s legendary (and legendarily flawed) Dymaxion Car.

Shelf Life

The medicine cabinet is a highly useful invention, but it has seen few innovations since man first thought to stash his Band-Aids and prescription- drug bottles behind the bathroom mirror. That finally changed, however, at January’s Maison et Objet, in Paris, where the German manufacturer Authentics exhibited a new line of bathroom accessories by the London design studio Doshi Levien….

Ones to Watch

WEB Here’s a good lesson for aspiring designers: get used to making things that you will probably never be able to afford. But that was hardly the only real-world lesson to come out of a recent collaboration between Parsons the New School for Design and Tag Heuer, the Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches. Last fall, junior product-design students…

Amy Lau

The interior designer talks about trailblazing mentors, Greek cave houses, and the glories of tequila.

Prep School

A scrappy little organization in downtown Los Angeles provides an alternative path into top architecture schools.