Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2009


<i>Metropolis</i> + Japan

Last May, JETRO, the Japan External Trade Organization, delighted attendees of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in New York, with the American debut of kansei (a Japanese concept that roughly translates to “emotional and physical appeal”) in a show called Japan by Design. This report is based on that introductory exhibition.

Backdoor Tour

The curious route of the Las Vegas Monorail is the product of an equally bizarre planning and development process.

Crosby: Good Neighbor

A new hotel in SoHo exudes a homey British feel while paying proper deference to the often contentious surrounding community.

The Oh! Factor

How James Dyson transforms everyday objects–the vacuum cleaner, the hand dryer, and now the desk fan–into objects of wonder.

Curve Appeal

The architect and interior designer India Mahdavi often commissions custom furnishings for her projects, calling on artisans to help realize interiors that reflect their unique surroundings. So when she asked PSLAB to create light fixtures for the 40-room Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, the Beirut-based firm seized the opportunity to deliver a concept that complements both the storied waterfront site and…

Good Chemistry

Many of us appreciate the functional beauty of laboratory flasks enough to take one home and stick a flower in it. But the 25-year-old Benjamin Hubert loves the vessels enough to pay glowing tribute to them in a new lighting series for the English manufacturer Authentics. “I’ve always been interested in archetypal glass forms—in bottles, lips, necks, and the main…

The Reign of Spain

With an emphasis on innovation and affordability, the country is distinguishing itself as a major power in lighting design.

United We Stand

Waves of new energy radiate from Washington as designers are called on, now more than ever, to collaborate.

A Symbol of Progress

Detroit’s striking new transit center takes on even greater significance as the city suffers its most serious economic blow.