Kristi Cameron

Great Good Places

New restaurants that look like they’ve been part of their neighborhoods forever all share a subtle but ambitious social agenda: to create and celebrate community.

Mix It Up: Signage

Studios Architecture treated the Grey interior as if it were working for two clients: the creatives and the corporate staff. That left Paula Scher, who handled the environmental graphics, with a dilemma. “They thought we would try to unify the…

An About Face

You’ll need a pen to navigate the better part of Martí Guixé’s new offerings for Alessi. The Catalan designer’s first collection for the Italian manufacturer includes three “communicator” vessels that have places—in the shape of an arrow, balloons, and a…

Good Chemistry

Many of us appreciate the functional beauty of laboratory flasks enough to take one home and stick a flower in it. But the 25-year-old Benjamin Hubert loves the vessels enough to pay glowing tribute to them in a new lighting…

Letter Perfect

What a difference four years makes. In 2005, just after earning their master’s degrees in architecture from Columbia Univer­s­­­ity, Minnie Jan and Daisuke Nagatomo were thrilled to receive a Viewer’s Choice Award in the OFS Hotseat competition, spon­sored by Metropolis.…

Tweaking Tradition

Since its founding in 1956, Tai Ping Carpets has perfected the art of employing Chinese hand-tufting traditions to make lush, modern rugs. But delivering that same sensibility in the form of modular carpet tiles required fresh talent. “There’s a real…

Aging Gracefully

The shifting demographics here in the United States, and in Europe, are producing bathrooms that defy the traditional trappings of old age.

The New Reality: Graduating Class

Given the dismal state of the economy, we decided to ask students completing ten top industrial-design programs (both bachelor’s and master’s) about their career plans. There’s certainly no lack of problems to tackle—environmental, social, or otherwise—but there will likely be…

Change Is In the Air

In one of An Inconvenient Truth’s crucial scenes, Al Gore chases the earth’s rising carbon-dioxide levels in a mechanical lift. Visitors to Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future, at the American Museum of Natural History,…

More From the Notebook of Bryan Bell

This month’s issue of Metropolis features a multifaceted look at design activists in Public-Interest Architecture. A discussion with Bryan Bell, founder of Design Corps and author of Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism is included as a sidebar in From the…

From the Notebook of Bryan Bell

What role can architects play in contributing to the world around us? “The top’s off the bottle,” claims Bryan Bell, founder of the Raleigh, North Carolina–based nonprofit Design Corps. That’s because people’s ideas about the profession are changing. “When I…

Public-Interest Architecture

A new generation of design activists is helping to reshape the role of contemporary architects. Also featuring Bryan Bell, Teddy Cruz, John Peterson, and Sergio Palleroni

Certification Programs

What’s the most sensible way to certify sustainable hotels? Tourist destinations often have little in common with one another but a penchant for attracting Bermuda-shorts-wearing masses. Are ­travelers—and the rest of us—best served by a standardized system, or would regional…

Jet Green

Boeing’s new Dreamliner packs an array of enhancements to benefit passengers as well as the environment.

Green Giving

Any mention of environmentalism in the same breath as presents likely calls to mind that ill-favored form of recycling, regifting. At the New York International Gift Fair, however—which has a stake in keeping the unwanted goods that circulate endlessly to…

Rocking The Boat

The Front Runner is a bit like a vitamin-enriched soft drink: a healthier product for a market merely seeking gratification. “Boating is filled with hot-rodders and hillbillies who just want to go fast,” industrial designer Joey Ruiter says. “That’s who…

Editor’s Pick: Three Lamp

The Bernhardt Studio has been a great addition to the fair, bringing in a curated selection of young designers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to make an appearance. It has quickly become one of my favorite places to…

Editor’s Pick: Peel

This San Francisco-based company is launching at ICFF with an impressive roster: Arik Levy, One & Co., Khodi Feiz, Mike and Maaike, and Derek Chen have all created designs for the debut collection. Chen, one of the founders, says they…