Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2007
The Existential Crisis of a Starbucks Latte
The significance of Starbucks foam is the embedding of brand identity into a natural phenomenon: lactate becomes logo.
Starbucks foam and the rise of ambiguous materials
In his new book, Paul Hawken looks at the history of the environmental movement and predicts its future.
A little metal cube takes an energy-efficient approach to Lilliputian living.
Questions for the Andacht Brothers: Grole and Gerald talk about their early influences, how far they’re willing to go to please a client, and why making people uncomfortable can be very comforting.
Design schools need to shift focus from the form of objects to understanding the systems that produce them.
A hydrogen-electric prototype out of Detroit brings fuel cells closer to the U.S. auto industry.
A trip to the Gulf region awakens thoughts of twenty-first-century cities based on principles of sustainability.
Established & Sons is proving that, contrary to popular belief, Britain still has the manufacturing capability to produce high-end furniture.
Helen Kerr’s innovative line of health-care seating is soft, airy, and germ-resistant.
Despite its many flaws, the book remains one of our most enduring and endearing objects.
Designers tell us which common products they most depend on.
The latest incarnation of the British engineer’s eponymous übervacuum comes in a “cunning” little package.
Hans Wegner’s daybed is all the more beautiful for having broken decades of personal confusion on the subject.
Why create a mystery around such a simple act?
A memory chip the size of a white blood cell has profound implications for the future of computing.
The Metropolis staff points out noteworthy themes occurring in today’s product design.
Objects should celebrate our connection to the digital world, not minimize it.
Four industrial-design firms create new devices for the global traveler that consolidate all of the clutter produced by 24/7 access to the office.
The impresario of one of design’s great showcases for young talent reflects on its tenth anniversary.
There is a new wave of interest in the nineteenth-century decorative style.