Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2010



Luca Nichetto’s new stacking chair may be the first-ever furnishing inspired by kissing robots.

The Next Wave Carlo Gugliemi | Fontana Arte

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…

The Next Wave On Show

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 for more information. December 1, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

The Next Wave

Italian design CEOs talk about how their companies are responding to a shifting, unpredictable global marketplace.

Reference Page: December 2010

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…

Diamond in the Rough

ARCHITECT: Andre Kikoski Architect 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…

Back to Basics

Manufacturer: When Objects Work 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….