Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2012

 

Cities of the Imagination

The building boom in the Middle East– spearheaded in large part by Western design firms–is the latest chapter in that region’s centuries-old struggle between its cultural identity and its utopian dreams.

Lunar Lighting

WEB www.leucosusa.com “Javier Mariscal is a nonconformist,” Danilo De Rossi, the creative director of Leucos, says of the Spanish designer he commissioned to create the new Solea lamp. “Maybe it’s because his background is in animation and graphics. He has created this wonderful iconography, these distinctive images that are so inventive.” De Rossi asked Mariscal, who was nominated for an…

Freedom of Assembly

WEB www.knockknockstuff.com In the toy industry, there’s a concept called “play value,” says Jen Bilik, the founder of Knock Knock, a gift store and stationery company that recently diversified into playthings. “If there’s high play value, it means that there’s a lot of versatility in what you can do with the toy,” she says. “Regular stuffed toys have low play…

Myopia

Architecture students focus on buildings, but not on the people who live in and around them.

Well-Grounded

Whether in a dramatic hillside home in California or an AIDS clinic in South Africa, Stan and Jess Field look first to the land.

Starck’s Material World

More than ten years in the making, the designer’s new chair pushes Emeco—a manufacturer long famous for its iconic aluminum furniture—in a whole new direction.

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