Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2007
A little metal cube takes an energy-efficient approach to Lilliputian living.
A hydrogen-electric prototype out of Detroit brings fuel cells closer to the U.S. auto industry.
Helen Kerr’s innovative line of health-care seating is soft, airy, and germ-resistant.
The latest incarnation of the British engineer’s eponymous übervacuum comes in a “cunning” little package.
A memory chip the size of a white blood cell has profound implications for the future of computing.
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.
A look at the work spaces inside New York City’s infamous design address.
The work of students in the United States and Europe provides an intriguing glimpse into emerging trends in product and industrial design.
In 2007 the computer gave up taking over the world. Instead the world took over the computer.
These new materials allow structures and objects to react to environmental stimuli—without any adverse side effects.
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
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.
A trip to the Gulf region awakens thoughts of twenty-first-century cities based on principles of sustainability.
Despite its many flaws, the book remains one of our most enduring and endearing objects.
Hans Wegner’s daybed is all the more beautiful for having broken decades of personal confusion on the subject.
The Metropolis staff points out noteworthy themes occurring in today’s product design.
The impresario of one of design’s great showcases for young talent reflects on its tenth anniversary.
The houses of Sam Maloof are testaments to the furniture maker’s illustrious half-century-long career.
Our columnist roamed the streets of midtown Manhattan wearing a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
Metropolis presents a snapshot of product design today.