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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…