Author: mason

Viñoly's New Domino Moves Forward

Last April we wrote about Rafael Viñoly's final big push to win approval for his firm's proposed $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Today, Viñoly and co. cleared what should be the last hurdle of…

Studio 804's Real Estate Woes

Depressing news from Kansas City: USA Today reported on Friday that Dan Rockhill's celebrated Studio 804 design-build program has been unable to find buyers for its last two houses. As we reported in a feature story last February, Studio 804's…

SFMOMA Goes to Snøhetta

And the winners are... Snøhetta founders Craig Dykers (left) and Kjetil Thorsen. You heard it here first: The architecture firm to lead the highly anticipated, $250 million expansion of SFMOMA will be the Oslo- and New York–based Snøhetta, which beat…

Design Without Designers?

"Trumbull" (left) and "Gilman," two of the canned magazine templates now sold by Ready Media How should publication designers greet the news yesterday that Roger Black--the magazine design (and redesign) guru who's had his hands on Rolling Stone, Newsweek, New…

More on the 2010 Smart Environments Awards

Last week we posted a roundup of noteworthy design competitions accepting entries in the next few months. We wanted to take a moment now to call extra attention to one contest that is particularly important to us at the magazine:…

Small, Soft, and Friendly

Yet more news from Yves Béhar: the prolific designer has teamed up with GE to develop the WattStation, a plug-in electric vehicle charger with a cute, colorful form. It's powerful too: according to GE, the WattStation's "level 2 capability" will…

Seriously Playful

Introducing this year’s MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program installation to a group of journalists yesterday, MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design, Barry Bergdoll, likened it to a playground—but then quickly qualified that assessment. “Turns out it’s an extremely serious playground,”…

Secrets of Central Finland

We first wrote about the Helsinki-based design firm Company back in 2008, shortly after its founders, Johan Olin and Aamu Song, debuted their Top Secrets of Finland collection. The idea there was to commission traditional Finnish manufacturers to produce small…

Munich, Copenhagen, Zürich, Tokyo . . . Yawn

Every summer since 2007, the editors of the self-consciously upscale magazine of “global affairs” Monocle have assembled a list of the world’s most livable cities—in their words, “urban settlements where human life can thrive because they are easy to navigate,…

William J. Mitchell Dies at 65

Metropolis was saddened to learn today of the death of William J. Mitchell, the former dean of MIT's School of Architecture and, most recently, the director of the MIT Media Lab's Smart Cities research group. According to an obituary by…

Green on the Inside

Today was the first day of Figment NYC, a weekend-long festival on Governors Island with a focus on interactive, participatory art. Along with dozens of ephemeral artworks, the event is hosting a few semi-permanent installations, including a mini-golf course, a…

Calatrava Waxes Poetic About Dance and Design

In the June issue of Metropolis (which we'll be posting online next week) Belinda Lanks writes about Santiago Calatrava's recent design of five stage sets for the New York City Ballet's spring season. In this short film, Calatrava and several…

The City of Big Appetites

This year's NeoCon World's Trade Fair is less than two weeks away. If you're traveling to Chicago for the event, be sure to pick up a copy of our annual Taste of the Town guide at the Merchandise Mart. Although,…

ICFF, We Hardly Knew Ye

Even after last week's ICFF live-blogging extravaganza, we ended up with dozens of unpublished snapshots of noteworthy new products and projects from the 22nd annual furniture fair. Here, then, in no particular order, is a final roundup of neat stuff…

Live@ICFF: Interiors From Spain

The biggest foreign presence at this year's ICFF came from Spain, with 20 companies exhibiting a range of colorful and well-crafted furniture, lighting, carpets, and wall-coverings. Here are a few of the highlights: Actually, one of my favorite Spanish products…

Live@ICFF: Last Night's Parties

At the Alessi Takes the Cake party, on Greene Street, the French designer Matali Crasset poses with the mixing bowl from her new Essentiel de Pâtisserie collection, designed with the renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé. Crasset demonstrates proper whisk technique.…

Live@ICFF: The 2010 Editors Awards

. Not to be confused with our more idiosyncratic editors' picks, the official ICFF Editors Awards are selected by a group of international design-magazine honchos (including Metropolis's own editor in chief, Susan Szenasy) and considered among the industry's highest accolades.…

Live@ICFF: Neo-Utility

The Brooklyn-based distributor didn't have too much new to show since we caught up with them at the Gift Fair last February, but there were still a couple of items that caught our eye. For instance: We've long been fans…

Live@ICFF: Last Night's Parties

Sunday night saw a cluster of parties in the Meatpacking District, including the opening of Dune's Enamored exhibition, with new designs by Harry Allen, Karim Rashid, Claesson Koivisto Rune, and others. Richard Shemtov is Dune's president and one of its…