Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2006

 

Apply Yourself

When FOLD bedding set out to make a line of wallpaper to compliment their soft wool bedding they hit something of a wall—a very flat wall. Not wanting to hold buyers to a predetermined color, shape, or even two-dimensions, Max Geiser introduced Wallter, a line of three-dimensional wall applications that vary in size and geometric design. By leaving the surface…

Art and Parcel

Walking into FLOWmarket, a white-curtained grocery offering shelfulls of “Holistic Thinking” and “Inner Calm,” is like wandering into the wrong movie theatre and staying to figure out the story. Maybe it’s the cynic in us, maybe it’s our environmental packaging phobia, but by labelling otherwise empty packages with titles such as “Empathy,” the Danish designer, Mads Hagstrom, is commodifying consumerism…

ICFF Editors Award Winners Announced

The 2006 ICFF Editors Awards were bestowed on best-of-show products in a total of 16 categories. The ICFF Editors Awards Ceremony took place in the evening of May 21st at the ICFF Exhibitors Reception at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year’s ICFF Editors Awards committee: Silvia Latis of Abitare, Catherine Osborne of Azure, Andrew Wagner of Dwell, Melissa…

Home is Where “Houses” Is

A recent graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Erica Wakerly had to hustle to have her first collection of modish wallpaper and textiles printed in time for ICFF. She designs and manufactures her own striking patterns, including “Angles,” a jagged repeating illustration of three-dimensional objects that she crafted herself. “Houses,” a pattern of everyday buildings that’s available in blue,…

Alvar’s Icon

On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the company responsible for producing Aalto’s classic Savoy vase issues two new special editions.

Weather Underground

The Copenhagen Opera House was controversial long before it opened last year. From the moment shipping magnate Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller announced his gift to the city, residents questioned both the location and Henning Larsen’s design, famously christened the “Toaster.” Unfortunately most of its critics will never see the exemplary back-of-house spaces, particularly the orchestra rehearsal room, which has a lighting…

Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Dublin is getting glamorous. The once industrial Docklands area on the banks of the river Liffey will be remodeled as a dramatic public space surrounded by a leisure district. As part of the makeover, landscape architect Martha Schwartz is transforming the Docklands’ Grand Canal Square with a dazzling red crystal “carpet” made of colored resin embedded with matching glass. A…

ICFF 2006 Preview

From the student exhibitions to our “Design Entrepreneurs” conference, this year’s fair is a conduit into the industry.

Lukewarm!

When it comes to electronic faucets, Bennett Friedman, principal of kitchen and bath supplier AF New York, is a skeptic. He considers them appropriate only to high-traffic commercial settings; in the home, he says, illuminated and no-hands faucets often leave users frustrated. “A faucet is not an iPod,” he says. Here are Friedman’s five cautionary points: 1. Kitchen and bathroom…

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