Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2010
Bertjan Pot upholsters his latest chair in a single piece of wool.
A new era of complex problem-solving is here. Are designers reshaping their practices to meet the challenge?
“The world has grown very small, with markets and competitors everywhere.”
Luca Nichetto’s new stacking chair may be the first-ever furnishing inspired by kissing robots.
We all need to take stock of our creative capacities against the larger backdrop of a global financial crisis. It’s almost as if we need to interpret this market rather than revive it. This is the first time we’ve found ourselves in a situation like this. Previous meltdowns were limited to single countries or regions. Today’s recession involves the entire…
On a recent trip, our columnist found a real gap between the city’s cultural values and its built environment.
The companies shown here, along with the firms previously mentioned, are part of the Italian Design Street Walking festivities in New York, celebrating the best of Italian design with an exciting series of special events and promotions. It runs throughout the month, ending on January 8th. Visit www.cosmit.it for more information. December 1, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized
Italian design CEOs talk about how their companies are responding to a shifting, unpredictable global marketplace.
An experimental new chandelier combines lighting with a dose of amateur bacteriology
“We’re developing a direct online presence in the U.S. and England.”
Austin: Which Way? Austin is the first city in the United States to test the German Car2go car- sharing system. Inspired by the Paris bike program, Car2go allows users to rent a Smart two-seater and drop it off anywhere in the city. On Yelp, enthusiastic reviewers already say they’re thinking about selling their old cars. Daimler is also working on…
ARCHITECT: Andre Kikoski Architect www.akarch.com When Andre Kikoski was hired to design a new facade for a pair of warehouses in Bushwick, a gritty, gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, he wanted it to nod to the pointillist, technically challenging skin of Jean Nouvel’s Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris. “But this is not a watchmaker’s building,” the New York architect says. “And…
“Our challenge is to show how a door can be an element of added value.”
The renowned architect—and man of many
spectacles—fills out our questionnaire.
Manufacturer: When Objects Work www.whenobjectswork.com Richard Meier is no stranger to product design—his oeuvre includes furniture, flatware, wristwatches, and a grand piano—but it’s been quite a while since the venerable New York architect has turned his attention to household objects. Indeed, Meier’s new collection for the Belgian manufacturer When Objects Work (WOW) is his first foray into table-ware since 1983….
“This capacity to overcome obstacles and transform brilliant ideas into brilliant products is hard to imitate.”
Imm Cologne’s trend forecasters look
into the near future of interior design.
Marilyn Neuhart delivers the most comprehensive look yet at the designers’ legendary furniture
“Our biggest challenge now is to increase our presence and brand awareness in emerging markets.”
In Lower Manhattan, Rogers Marvel Architects satisfy security imperatives without sacrificing street life.