Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2008
Every year Chicago stakes a new claim on America’s dining map. In repurposed architectural spaces, indoors and out, large plates and small, the Windy City just keeps getting tastier. Check out our listings online and be sure to pick up your own copy of Taste of the Town at NeoCon.
The relocation of an early Frank Gehry design raises questions about the nature of architecture.
When design competitions reach for relevance, they can lead to discussions that move our thinking forward.
A new MoMA exhibition captures our era’s giddy moment of convergence.
This month Rosenthal, the 129-year-old china manufacturer, expands its classic repertoire with Landscape, a tableware series by Patricia Urquiola. Though the cutlery may have been modeled on a seventeenth-century marrow spoon, the collection— which debuted at Ambiente, in Frankfurt—showcases the designer’s penchant for tweaking tradition. The all-white dishes feature geometric patterns that form irregular handles and asymmetrical rims while highlighting…
Faced last year with severe droughts and floods, we must now embark on a new understanding of our relationship to water.
A young architect uses a high-tech material to solve a chronic problem: the transportation of clean water.
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University’s recent discovery of a lost 1936 oil painting by Lloyd Morgan, chief designer of Schultze & Weaver, was an odd and welcome revelation to scholars of the New York–based architecture firm. Jonathan Mogul, a curatorial research associate at the museum, believes that the 6-by-14-foot canvas, a sort of greatest-hits collection of the firm’s work, was once displayed…
Konstantin Grcic’s newest project uses a durable state-of-the-art material and nanotechnology to create a twenty-first-century take on that modern classic: the cantilever chair.
The final project of Ettore Sottsass’s illustrious career–completed after his death by a longtime collaborator–updates one of his old favorites.
Another season, another collaborator—and this year the Rug Company has added interior designer Kelly Wearstler to its fashionable roster. The chic Angeleno’s eight-piece collection (which debuted this spring and will be highlighted at ICFF) was inspired by a range of things—vintage clothing, seashells, op art, wood grain—with palettes as varied as their motifs. Having trouble identifying the origin of Zephyr’s…
One enterprising designer aims to push his countrymen into the limelight.
A new lighting manufacturer combines high-end design with prehistoric inspiration.
Vancouver, British Columbia, hatches a program that brings food cultivation into town.
Kithaus’s new prefab K3 makes building a backyard studio a snap.
A series of stunning art installations, located in first-class and VIP lounges, enlivens the passenger experience at London’s Heathrow Airport.
End of the world? Or the beginning of a new one?
A Swiss research project proposes a new way to manufacture curved wooden panels.
One-fourth of the Swedish firm Front answers a few questions on industrial design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.
Kengo Kuma finds a poetic alternative to concrete in the iron alloy.