Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2011


Assigned Seating

MANUFACTURER Wilsonart Every year Wilsonart presents an undergraduate class of industrial-design students a simple brief: using laminate (the company’s core product), build an eye-catching yet functional chair that is strong enough to hold 400 pounds. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and the type of exposure that comes from having one’s work showcased at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture…

Auto Loan

Stefan Diez borrows car-manufacturing technology for the sheet-metal Chassis chair.


Three Wheeling From William Turville: As an architect, a sculptor, a car buff, and a product of Buckminster Fuller’s Inventory of World Resources/World Game seminars in the late 1960s and early ’70s, I heartily applaud Norman Foster’s heroic efforts to get a Dymaxion on the road (“One for the Road,” by Martin C. Pedersen, March 2011, p. 74). This is…

Total Designer

On the occasion of a new retrospective of his work, the legendary Wim Crouwel reflects on his six-decade career.

Artek in America

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Alvar Aalto’s furniture company returns to its roots and prepares to conquer the American market once again.

Waiting for the End of the World

A wealthy financier’s 1978 bomb shelter is the ultimate Cold War relic—and an extreme version of the government-sanctioned “security theater” still prevalent today.