Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine August 2006
Andy Spade’s new Soho store—a case study in subversive branding and calculated undesign—unseats all the conventional wisdom surrounding upscale retailing.
Answers a few questions on architecture, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Gehry’s First NYC Project Disappoints—Yet Again
A “Gehry” is at its best when it's pure, unfinished structure. But the final, disappointing product always shows Gehry's true priority: style.
The promise of a “Gehry” is often compromised by the unforgiving realities of building.
Of industrial designer Denise DeLong’s new Ceramic Boat Cleats you might wonder: What the hell’s a boat cleat? But even the most nautically challenged can enjoy her sleek reinterpretation of the brass mooring hardware. The cleats not only look cool but also make excellent pegs for your snorkel, goggles, lifejacket, harpoon, and shark repellent. Or you can just use them…
New Canaan rallied to preserve a Gores pool house, but can it save its stock of midcentury houses?
Petra Blaisse outfits the Mercedes-Benz Museum with her trademark alchemy—drapes by any other name.
Jane Jacobs Revisited
Our columnist Karrie Jacobs recounts her experience finally reading Jane Jacbos' classic: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
On finally reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Typographer Christian Acker captures graffiti styles for posterity.
An Australian manufacturer taps Andrew Dovell to engineer a wicked-fast fin.
Matthew Moore’s land-art project on his family’s Arizona farm announces an alien invasion—suburbs.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
HOK Sport’s Dennis Wellner describes his partnership with Peter Eisenman on the design of the new Arizona Cardinals stadium in Phoenix.
Can we understand the complexities of design if we keep pretending that it’s only about appearance?
What does it take to peddle a condo when money is no object?
Will Alsop rethinks prisons—with the help of the inmates.
A Brooklyn-based Cuban-born photographer looks at the city through its screens.
At Modernlink’s ICFF booth, a chair of leather and steel spun slowly atop a slender pole. The display announced the return of Scimitar, a design that had been shelved for 22 years. A collaboration between architect Preben Fabricius, who died in 1984, and 75-year old Jørgen Kastholm, Scimitar was originally unveiled at the Copenhagen Museum of Industrial Arts in 1963….
The Rebel’s materials and ergonomics are better for horse and rider.
Unadorned simplicity distinguishes contemporary objects and furniture.
One of Karim Rashid’s latest consumer creations is a mysterious-looking 18-inch-tall plastic cone that proves, on inspection, to be a Dust Buster. Fortunately the Dirt Devil vacuum—dubbed the Kone—is not just an amusing conceit but a smart piece of industrial design. The shape grew out of Rashid’s idea of slotting the vacuum vertically in a wide charging base; the tapering…