Peter Hall

Back to School

Education experts tell us that kids today learn in fundamentally different ways. Why haven’t our classrooms changed to reflect this shift? A new student chair and learning lab from Steelcase look to bridge the gap.

Water Works

Led by a hard-charging CEO and his right-hand man, Grohe uses design to remake both the bathroom and its own business.

Innovation from the Innovators

Metropolis asked some of the world’s most forward-thinking architectural and engineering firms to name their newest green products and systems. Their responses provide a snapshot of state-of-the-art green building.

Innovation from the Innovators

Metropolis asked some of the world’s most forward-thinking architectural and engineering firms to name their newest green products and systems. Their responses provide a snapshot of state-of-the-art green building.

Out of the Shadows

With more people working from home, Herman Miller commissions a new line of domestic office furniture to accompany its famous Eames and Nelson pieces. But are icons born or made?

Hot Property

In order to build himself a glass house, an Austin architect had to navigate the feverish politics of the city’s real estate market.

Sizing China

The world’s first digital database of Asian head and face shapes could help change the way all industrial designers think about ergonomics and fit.

Hear Color, See Sound

Architect Christopher Janney’s playful public art acts as an aural and light-filled salve to the alienating effects of the built environment.

Media Wall

As you enter the IAC Building, you might notice how the heads of people sitting in reception are dwarfed by a giant globe projected on a 20-foot-wide screen behind them, as if in some Barry Diller–esque restaging of the war…

Stolen Space

Two young New York architects turn a gritty East Village rooftop into a tranquil urban idyll.

Bursting Out

Using digital technology, architects Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier break free from the conventional box that has long defined prefab houses.

San Jose’s Missing Soul

A recent electronic-arts festival drew stark attention to what a cluster of high-profile buildings had forgotten: the people who live there.

Next Phase: Asymptote 3.0

The day the $1.4 million Alessi flagship store was scheduled to open on Soho’s Greene Street, a dozen or so workers were still stomping over the freshly poured epoxy flooring, heaving a $14,000 La Marzocco espresso machine into its alcove,…

Jack’s Mixed Bag

Andy Spade’s new Soho store—a case study in subversive branding and calculated undesign—unseats all the conventional wisdom surrounding upscale retailing.

The Art of Dining

David Rockwell helped create the phenomenon of destination dining. Now his firm brings its unique brand of stagecraft to Nobu 57.

By The Numbers

Information—key to the Bloomberg empire—becomes an intrinsic part of the visual experience.

Indie Designer

In the wake of dwindling support from corporate partners, Don Chadwick continues his own blue-sky quest into new materials and forms.

Desktop Comet

Richard Sapper—designer of the legendary Tizio lamp—has created a new task lamp, the Halley, using LED technology.

Rules of the Road

New materials and innovative design are making folding bicycles an urban reality. But can American car-culture change enough to make them safe to ride?

Radiant Living

Emergent turns infrastructure into ornamentation with a concept house based on systems of circulation.

Speed

The maglev train is the future of twenty-first-century transit. Why won’t we see it in the U.S. anytime soon?

White Nights: Photo Essay

Here is a selection of web exclusive images from photographer David Allee whose work explores the harsh but ethereal effect of artificial light on man-made environments.

White Nights

Photographer David Allee explores the harsh but ethereal effect of artificial light on man-made environments.

Starting Small

Step by step, David Small’s design innovations are moving technology off the screen and into your life.