Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine August 2006
Embroidery is not hip. Knitting, yes; quilting, maybe. But embroidery? It’s too fusty, too methodical, too grandmotherly. Not that London-based wallpaper company Fromental is too worried about it. Since founding the company last year, husband-and-wife team Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes have been reinvigorating the traditional side of wallpaper design with style and aplomb, incorporating flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, even…
The Grateful Palate brings a whimsical graphic sensibility to its new wine offerings.
A Modern preservationist and the original architect of his 1950s house collaborate on a new landscape that honors the spirit of the past without slavishly reproducing it.
A summer workshop gives young graphic designers a career boost.
“I like that design can be something more than just making new products,” Hella Jongerius says of Beads & Pieces, a collaboration between Artecnica and Aid to Artisans in Peru that aims to improve the country’s economic conditions through the manufacturing and distribution of local crafts. Black clay and beadwork are indigenous to the region, but the pink-on-black color scheme…
Threatened by a raging real estate market, the Eliot Noyes house faces an uncertain future as his family begins sorting out its preservation options.
An award-winning chair by Harri Koskinen makes its American debut.
“I’m not an ice-cream guy,” says Jim Baxter, the technologist behind the design of the MooBella vending machine (www.moobella.com), which churns out a 4.5-ounce cup in 45 seconds. “But it’s fun to watch consumers at the machine. Before they touch a button they’re laughing. As they pick flavors and mix-ins they really laugh. When they get it they scream.” Operating…
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.