Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2008
A Seattle awards program challenges the profession to rethink its values.
RKS Design molds a safe new material into a futuristic and functional drinking vessel.
Bertjan Pot talks about his job, what he’s embarrassed about, and his Sellotape collection—using his thumbs.
A window system for obsessive minimalists offers sliding exterior walls without the unsightly floor track.
In one of An Inconvenient Truth’s crucial scenes, Al Gore chases the earth’s rising carbon-dioxide levels in a mechanical lift. Visitors to Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future, at the American Museum of Natural History, will feel similarly stretched. The first exhibit, a 400-year time line of industrial milestones, is bisected by a red LED…
You’d have to pay thousands of dollars to sit in your own Frank Gehry–designed Experimental Edges club chair, but Frank Gehry: On Line, a new title from the Princeton University Art Museum ($29.95), comes in a similarly constructed corrugated-cardboard case and can be had for a much smaller price. The book collects the last 20 years of the architect’s hand…
At this month’s Design Miami, tapestry, that fusty realm of unicorns and Renaissance battles, is staging a comeback. The exhibition Demons, Yarns and Tales—an unusual collaboration between 15 artists and Banners of Persuasion, a spin-off of the Rug Company—offers a contemporary take on a storied art form. Christopher Sharp, who founded both companies with his wife, Suzanne, explains that much…
Alexander Girard’s colorful, folksy midcentury patterns have adorned everything from children’s toy blocks and Anna Sui dresses to sofas for Herman Miller (where he headed the textiles department under the Eameses). But the vivid designs have never looked quite as zippy as they do on Electra Bicycle Company’s two new versions of its popular Amsterdam model. Each women’s bike features…
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
A new book of residential photographs celebrates a highly personal approach to interiors.
New textures, colors, and furnishings for idiosyncratic interiors
Marc Koehler builds a bulwark against troubled times in an Amsterdam suburb’s architectural theme park.
Recent trips to Dubai and Shanghai have our columnist pondering how Jane Jacobs might react to these unbridled cities.
A New Yorker’s minimalist landscape paintings draw on elemental forms of the built environment.
Despite a nod to 1970s craft, Sam Buxton’s knotted interior for a new London bar echoes his high-tech approach to products.
Yann Kersalé’s nocturnal illuminations have helped revitalize cities, parks, public spaces, and buildings all over Europe.
Cities are turning to LEDs as a way to cut costs—even before the technology has proven itself.
A restaurant in old-town Alexandria, Virginia, pays homage to village taverns of yore.
The German architect Stefan Behnisch pushes architectural form into new energy-efficient directions.
Bjarke Ingels adds a high-altitude feature to Copenhagen’s flat landscape.