Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2007
Metropolis presents a snapshot of product design today.
These new materials allow structures and objects to react to environmental stimuli—without any adverse side effects.
Confessions from the son of an industrial designer.
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.