Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine August 2006


Sharp Vac

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…

Reviving the Plan

An enlightened real estate broker lovingly restores a Paul Rudolph house with the goal of preserving a masterpiece—and making a profit.

Budding Ambition

Having recently completed high-profile retail interiors in China, SURV now has its sights set on big structural projects.

Prime Time

Having just completed a Midtown steakhouse, New York downtown darlings AvroKO are set to reach a wider audience.

Fromental Embroidered Silk

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…

Paying Proper Homage

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.


“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…

Ice Cream, You Scream

“I’m not an ice-cream guy,” says Jim Baxter, the technologist behind the design of the MooBella vending machine (, 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…

Jack’s Mixed Bag

Andy Spade’s new Soho store—a case study in subversive branding and calculated undesign—unseats all the conventional wisdom surrounding upscale retailing.

Ship Shape

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…