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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…

Live@ICFF: Last Night's Parties

Once again, many ICFF revelers started the evening in MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden for the annual Opening Night Party. The artist Jason Polan was there, drawing people for his Every Person in New York project. It's hard not…

Live@ICFF: Our Next Gen Winner and Runners-Up

Emily Pilloton's Airstream trailer is the main attention-grabber at this year's Metropolis booth, but it's not the only attraction; we also put together this collection of brief videos from our 2010 Next Generation winner and runners-up, explaining their brilliantly simple…

Live@ICFF: Don't Forget to Flos

This ICFF weekend, design lovers making the pilgrimage to the corner of Greene and Houston Streets, in New York's Soho neighborhood, may experience a brief moment of panic: the storefront that has long been home to prominent displays of Moss's…

Updated: The Ultimate ICFF 2010 Event Guide

We've been feverishly updating our list of ICFF events and parties all week, and now we're confident that we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide on the Web. (If we missed something, send us an e-mail with "ICFF 2010…

Richard Meier in Miniature

Starting today, Richard Meier's Long Island City model museum is once again open to visitors. This is the fourth summer that Meier has invited the public into the 3,600-square-foot space, which houses more than a hundred models spanning the architect's…

Making It at the ICFF

The ICFF invites are rolling in (and in and in and in--check our Ultimate Event Guide for a frequently-updated roster of all the happenings) and already we've noticed a 2010 show-floor mini-trend: At least three exhibitors this year will be…

Irving Harper Gets His Due, Again

In a story in yesterday's T The New York Times Style Magazine, Guy Trebay sits down with the 93-year-old furniture designer Irving Harper--and kindly gives credit to Metropolis for first uncovering Harper's behind-the-scenes role in creating some of the most…

Dream Weavers

Photo: Basil Childers The Shanghai World Expo kicks off tomorrow night, and design enthusiasts are taking notice, waxing poetic about Thomas Heatherwick's hedgehog-esque British pavilion, deconstructing Bjarke Ingels Group's Little Mermaid cocoon for the Danes, and slinging plagiarism accusations at…

Your Ultimate ICFF 2010 Events Guide

The 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair is now less that three weeks away--time to start firming up your evening plans! Tux? Check. AmEx Black? Check. Comprehensive day-by-day list of design events happening around the city, with convenient Google Maps…

Sweet Spot

“This is not a sales pitch.” That’s Rafael Viñoly introducing his presentation last night, at New York’s Center for Architecture, of his firm’s master plan for the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. One could be forgiven…

Pissoir Artists

The Vancouver-based firm Matthew Soules Architect (MSA) recently received a rather unusual design brief: to help the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, resolve its, uh, “public urination problems” (the city’s words). Unfazed, MSA took a research-driven approach to this…

Nicolai Ouroussoff vs. Roberta Smith

The New Museum galleries: “refreshingly unpretentious” or “horribly proportioned and oppressive”? Attentive readers of the paper of record this week may have noticed an intriguing clash between two of its major critical voices. In an article about plans to expand…

2x4 for All

For me, the best thing about Rem Koolhaas’s much-hyped design of Prada’s New York “epicenter,” in the early oughties, was not the 180-foot zebrawood half-pipe so much as the wallpaper—a rotating selection of  slyly subversive graphic themes (with titles like…

Not Your Typical Paper Lantern

We've been following the Swedish lighting manufacturer Wästberg since it released its first collection in 2008--and, in 2009, we wrote about the Stockholm design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune's experiments crafting furniture from a new material called DuraPulp--so, naturally, we were…

Spring Competitions Roundup

. Whether you have spring fever or seasonal allergies, or both, try to pull yourself together for a moment and check out this list of noteworthy design competitions now accepting entries. (For a more complete, and frequently updated, roster of…

Video: A Decade in Design

. As promised, here's a video clip from last week's event celebrating the ten-year anniversary of four of Metropolis's key staff members. We boiled it down to three minutes' worth of footage, including comments from George Lois and Steven Heller…

Cold Comfort

In 2006, we wrote about Object Orange, a Detroit artists' collective that was painting some of the city's abandoned houses Tiggerific orange in an effort to call attention to its rapidly decaying neighborhoods. Last winter, a pair of Detroit artists…

Metropolis's "Fearsome Foursome" Celebrates a Decade in Design

From left: Paul Makovsky, Martin Pedersen, Kristi Cameron, and Criswell Lappin The architecture and design community has undergone dramatic changes in the last ten years--but here at Metropolis, the core editorial team covering those changes has remained remarkably steady. Since…

Nouvel's Desert Rose

The Qatar Musuems Authority's insanely ambitious plans for Doha's cultural infrastructure crept a little closer toward reality yesterday with the unveiling of Jean Nouvel's design for the National Museum of Qatar. Based on the preliminary models, the new complex is…

Attention, Unique and Commendable New York Architects

The city's AIA chapter just opened registration for its third New Practices New York competition, which recognizes "new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have utilized unique and commendable strategies--both in the projects they undertake and…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

With yesterday's long-delayed opening of Pier 1, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is now approximately seven percent complete! OK, so there's still a long way to go until New York’s third great urban landscape is whole--but, if this first section…

Taste Makers

Nice poster! Also, nice event! If you're in New York April 2-3, be sure to check out Parsons's annual Aftertaste symposium, "dedicated to critically reviewing the field of interior design; identifying pressing contemporary issues challenging practitioners today; meditating on the…

At Home with the Bronfmans

Warning: the 2009 documentary Casa Bronfman is guaranteed to arouse severe real estate envy in even the most sanguine New Yorkers. The 38-minute film--which is being shown this weekend at the 28th International Festival of Films on Art, in Montreal--takes…

Metropolis Conference Schedule Now Online

Hard to believe but true: It's already time to start making plans for this year's ICFF, the nation's premier trade show for contemporary furniture, which takes place each May in New York's lovely Javits Center. This year, the four-day fair…

Clinical Care, Industrial Setting

Last fall we wrote about the architecture firm Anshen + Allen's Green Patient Lab, a traveling mock-up of a hospital room stocked with the latest and best in sustainable health-care technology and design. Today the firm let us know that…

In Like a Lion

It's only the ninth of March and already we're having trouble keeping up with all this month's design news. If you're like us (harried, easily distracted, constantly hungry, etc.), then read on for a quick, painless recap of the month's…

Your Afternoon Time-Lapse Video Fix

As much as we love to read around here--and even though we rely on the printed word (and the e-printed word, or whatever you want to call it) for our livelihoods--by some Friday afternoons, we've reached our limit; it's all…

A Lamp Made From a Hamster's Ovary?

What is happening in the murky video clip to your left? To be honest, I'm not entirely certain. All I can tell you for sure is that this is a preview of the new work by Joris Laarman Lab to…

Refreshing Times Square

Attention, New York artists and designers: the city's Department of Transportation just announced  that it is soliciting conceptual designs to refresh the new pedestrian plazas at Times Square. As you may recall, Mayor Bloomberg decided last month to make permanent…