Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2008


Health and Welfare Trends in Healthcare Design

Course# Met111 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU / HSW. The design of a healthcare facility has an impact on health and wellbeing of both patients and doctors. The Bloorview Kids Rehab center in Toronto, ON, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL are two beautiful examples of facilities where design moves promote healing. The articles “Health and…

The Naked and the Dutch

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a.k.a. the Naked Chef, recently landed in hot water when he shilled for his own kitchen utensils on his weekly cooking show. Fortunately, his latest collection, by Dutch design firm Ontwerpwerk, lets the minimalist products—including melamine mixing bowls and colanders that are matte on the outside and glossy on the inside—speak for themselves.

Behind the Curtains

In preparation for the opening of a new chain of boutique hotels, Starwood turns to the Rockwell Group to create a full-scale mock- up of that classic American icon: the roadside motel.

Dust Bin

Just 12 years old, Umbra’s Garbino garbage can is already in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Now there’s another reason to love Karim Rashid’s ubiquitous design: it’s being manufactured with an additive that turns the plastic into dust after less than 20 years in a landfill. Garbini, the smaller pencil-cup version, goes one better with a…

Maximum Minimum

Million-dollar lofts seem to receive the lion’s share of attention when it comes to kitchen design. But now a well-known manufacturer of colossal kitchens, Maistri, has cooked up a fitting solution for more modest quarters: the Pocket Kitchen. The key to the space-saving design is a customizable island that can be outfitted to include a sink, a cooktop, and a…

Primary Victory

Now that the first elements of Ed Mazria’s Architecture 2030 Challenge have made it into law, he’s ready to push for the rest.

Reference Page: April 2008

Pocket Pads We love that an architect in the third-largest state in the union has erected living quarters the size of a dollhouse! Jay Shafer, of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in Sebastopol, California—population 7,774; square footage 52,411,392—has designed spaces as wee as 70 square feet, the rough equivalent of a standard American office cubicle or the tiniest room allowed in…

Chef Alice Waters on Her Restaurant, Chez Panisse

Just as the restaurant connects to local suppliers, the Chez Panisse kitchen reaches out to diners, offering an understanding of what goes into a meal.

Just as the restaurant is connected to a community of local suppliers, the Chez Panisse kitchen reaches out to diners, offering a better understanding of what goes into a meal.