Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2005
Using a series of ingenious curtains, Petra Blaisse remakes a Belgian house, creating interiors of dramatic complexity.
Designing the welcoming signage for the Museum of Modern Art’s high-profile expansion posed a special challenge. “How can I generate something creative and cohesive that is still informative?” Mikon van Gastel, of Imaginary Forces, asked himself. Using a row of nine 40-inch LCD screens, the designer fashioned what he calls a “kinetic bar code” behind the ticketing desk. Employing technology…
Your intrepid correspondent spends two weeks off the coast of South America aboard the Infinity.
In affluent parts of the world, a new kind of urban center is taking shape, catering to the nomadic rich and the restless, rootless young.
Nike’s spring collection of sneakers tells us something about the state of industrial design—and the cultural forces shaping it.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
Working with artists, a Toronto developer gives a historic building new life.
With the reopening of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis now seems poised to become a major design mecca.
Namco’s fantastically childlike video game has sophisticated overtones.
Bruce Mau’s Massive Change may be the most optimistic view of the future since the world gathered in Queens on the eve of World War II.
The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, who has embroidered plates and vases, has curated the exhibition Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (through September). The show displays eighteenth- and nineteenth-century needlework samplers that are traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Jongerius also created her own designs referencing the embroidered motifs she found…
CeeLite’s flat, flexible surface illumination is changing the profile of lighting.
A graphic look at Philip Johnson’s vast architectural network.
Through the cunning use of basic materials, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis creates three stunning restaurants.
SK Telecom’s new Seoul skyscraper expresses the company’s progressive character.
Valcucine’s ongoing quest to consume fewer resources has produced sublimely minimalist kitchens.
Warsaw’s city architect wants to create a traditional urban core. But it’s in an exceptional place.
Boje Estermann’s award-winning collapsible funnel for Normann Copenhagen.
Known for her innovative space planning, Florence Knoll Bassett (“Shu” to her friends) recently designed an installation of her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since interviewing the legendary designer, I’ve become one of her many dedicated fans. Bassett defined the look for corporate interiors in the 1950s and profoundly influenced post-World War II design. The recent exhibition Florence…
Students at Parsons School of Design team up with Piaggio to produce a new line of accessories for the Vespa scooter.