Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2007
BioHavens add an aesthetic element to water features and natural landscapes that cleans and nourishes while you lounge.
Commissioned for a spec house, Chile’s Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido deliver a subversive design.
Whipsaw’s new design is a more natural way for babies to nurse.
A public-art project aims to reunite two sections of Kansas City that are divided by an interstate.
Foster + Partners lend form to an English school’s experimental approach.
Toronto architects create a light-filled center that exudes religious symbolism—without getting specific.
Konstantin Grcic, the prolific industrial designer from Munich, has a soft spot for rubbish. His trash cans for the German company Authentics were small miracles of functionalist design, and now he’s reprised them with Top, a new line of rainbow-hatted polypropylene bins. A weight in the back of the lid aids in opening and closing, and retractable connectors daisy-chain the…
When Tad Fettig and Karena Albers, castaways from the world of commercial advertising (they met in Hawaii on a shoot for Degree deodorant), conceived of a show about eco-architecture, they imagined a small-bore project: “Sort of like This Old House meets green,” Fettig says. But as they began research for what became the PBS documentary series e2 design—which, in its…
With thick felt cables that give it an accordion-like ability to expand, the Stockholm bag reveals a lot about its provenance—no, not the Scandinavian capital for which it was named, but its architectural origins. Both Kelly Smith—the carryall’s designer—and her husband, Chris Grimley, logged time at Boston’s Machado and Silvetti Associates before launching Etcetera Media to tackle structure on a…
Two young architects in a red camper take on Norway’s architectural ills.
Saas Instruments hopes to recapture Finland’s lighting heyday with a refined new collection.
A modest architectural commission becomes a platform for re-evaluating the entire U.S.–Mexico border.
Rome tests a tracking system in which you and your cell phone are the key to better urban flow.
Roman and Williams reinvents Philippe Starck’s infamous Royalton lobby.
As landscape architects get on board with sustainability, our hopes for a clean and healthy world grow.
Atelier Oï’s fixtures for Foscarini hint at their sonically inspired origins.
George Lois answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Some of our best interior designers take a walk through their favorite rooms—past and present—showing us the moves behind the magic.
Rudy’s Barbershop–a West Coast mini-chain with national aspirations–may have a formula for growth that satisfies a new generation’s thirst for authenticity.
The American University of Sharjah injects some regional tradition into the rapidly modernizing Middle East.