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 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.
Metropolis’s art department helps raise money for California wildfire victims.
This year’s competition looked for solutions to a global
problem that many experts are calling the next big
An international cast of talents orchestrates one Finnish couple’s trip down the aisle.
Perhaps best known for his pop forms (think butterfly, tongue, and tulip), Pierre Paulin has a more functionalist past. In 1954 he turned out the Bauhaus-inspired CM 141 desk, which Ligne Roset will rerelease in September as Tanis. The name isn’t the only change—the original melamine surface is now Corian or laminate, and walnut has replaced ash veneer on the…
New York’s tiny Gage/Clemenceau Architects put their fanciful competition ideas to work in built projects.
The water czar of Las Vegas talks about balancing rapid development with smart land-use and natural-resource planning.
Noel Clarke, of 2C Design Studio, recently transformed the neglected attic of his Victorian house in Somerville, Massachusetts, into an immaculate modern work space. Rather than bury the room’s past under layers of Sheetrock, he integrated most of its existing features. “There are ways to make interventions that develop a dialogue between old and new so they feel like they…
Looking to create sustainable jobs for the skilled workers of his hometown, one Indonesian designer produces a handmade radio.