Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2009
Working with a rotating group of artists and designers, the L.A.-based firm Commune relies on a gritty authenticity to create beautiful artifice.
Emily Pilloton and her spirited band of colleagues are creating a new model for 21st-century design activism.
They may be driven by the best of intentions or sense unique marketing opportunities. But companies large and small are discovering that undertaking socially responsible initiatives—being part of the solution—can have a positive effect on the bottom line.
A selection of products to cure an inhospitable health-care environment
In a year when infrastructure was a political buzzword, it’s no surprise that cities have recaptured our imagination. Towering skyscrapers, detailed street maps, and geometric city grids have popped up on everything from wallpaper to housewares and handkerchiefs. Pictured without the teeming crowds and steady din of urban life, these romanticized visions of our grandest historical achievements also reveal…
Furnishings that are equally at home in residential and hospitality interiors
The Mystery and Mythology of Architect Emilio Ambasz
An acclaimed architect and curator, a self-proclaimed father of sustainability, a poet of structure and form—Ambasz is his own greatest creation.
An acclaimed architect and curator, a self-proclaimed father of sustainability, a poet of structure and form, a man of myth and mystery—Emilio Ambasz is surely his own greatest creation.
The Greater Gehry Is a Smaller Gehry
It’s been a tough year for the world’s most famous architect. But the losses may just have saved Gehry from his own success.
It’s been a tough year for the world’s most famous architect.
Videos and role playing replace textbooks and midterms at one New York school.
Sure, the residential market here is conservative and industry opportunities are scarce. But a strong turnout at ICFF suggests that contemporary-furniture design is alive and well, thank you.
Until not too long ago, the phrase “green hospital” was a contradiction in terms, and for good reason: health-care facilities are large, complex, 24/7 institutions, burdened with heavy energy loads and severe code restrictions. However, this is (slowly) changing. The U.S. Green Building Council is currently developing a version of LEED for health care, and there are an encouraging number…
An asymmetrical outline means this bathtub feels as good as it looks.
Création Baumann’s mesh curtains soften the Modernist glass facade.
The company gives its famous Sunset Strip property an artsy
overhaul under a relaxed new brand.
Like the rings of a tree, these products reflect the time and place in which they were made.
Johannesburg’s history is embedded in the facade of a revamped power station.
A remarkably simple treatment for sleep apnea holds the promise of a good snooze.