Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2012


Permission to Move

Konstantin Grcic’s Pro chair takes a radical approach to classroom furniture, insisting that students can’t—and maybe shouldn’t—sit still for hours at a time.

Murray’s Next Act

Moss—impresario, provocateur, and inventor of the store-as-museum concept—is the retailer most responsible for transforming Soho and taking high-end design mainstream. Now he embarks on a new adventure. Moss, the iconic shop, is gone. In its place, Moss Bureau, the consultancy. Here, he talks about his decision to “kill” his beloved store and reinvent
the brand as a showcase for the gloriously messy business of design.

The Dream Hotel

A prominent group of globe-trotting architects and designers helps us create the ultimate hospitality experience.


Bold Move Although Erick van Egeraat’s flashy Chess Club may seem a bit out of place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia has a reputation for attracting eccentric architecture. Take, for example, the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum in Yakutsk. We wrote about the unique structure, designed by New York–based Leeser Architects, in 2007 ( The museum is perched on 20-foot-tall concrete pylons,…

John Pawson

The minimalist architect on his new book, the value of Flickr, and why holidays are overrated.

Shelf Life

Ka-Lai Chan’s first mass-produced design is a storage system that signifies self-expression.

Green Getaway

Far from the big cities, the Naked Stables Private Reserve offers a rare chance to commune with nature in China.

Stall Tactic

WEB “Duravit has a history of addressing luxury in the small bath,” says Tim Schroeder, the president of Duravit USA. “We realized that many of our clients have small spaces, but not necessarily small budgets.” Over the past several years, the company has been collaborating with the Vienna-based design group EOOS to create OpenSpace, a collapsible shower concept that…

More Complexity

In making his work less manufacturable, a young American designer creates his strongest furniture collection.


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