Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine August 2006
Answers a few questions on architecture, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Petra Blaisse outfits the Mercedes-Benz Museum with her trademark alchemy—drapes by any other name.
Matthew Moore’s land-art project on his family’s Arizona farm announces an alien invasion—suburbs.
What does it take to peddle a condo when money is no object?
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….
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…
For this residential exhibition, architects harness new technologies to address social ills.
Having recently completed high-profile retail interiors in China, SURV now has its sights set on big structural projects.
The Grateful Palate brings a whimsical graphic sensibility to its new wine offerings.
“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…
“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…
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…
Typographer Christian Acker captures graffiti styles for posterity.
HOK Sport’s Dennis Wellner describes his partnership with Peter Eisenman on the design of the new Arizona Cardinals stadium in Phoenix.
Will Alsop rethinks prisons—with the help of the inmates.
The Rebel’s materials and ergonomics are better for horse and rider.
SOM’s tower in Guangzhou, China, aims to generate more energy than it uses.
An enlightened real estate broker lovingly restores a Paul Rudolph house with the goal of preserving a masterpiece—and making a profit.
Having just completed a Midtown steakhouse, New York downtown darlings AvroKO are set to reach a wider audience.
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.