Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2010
Ian Schrager teams up with Marriott on a global line of defiantly unhip boutique hotels.
“The business today is more complicated and intense than it was 20 or 30 years ago.”
The innovative manufacturer, darling of designers worldwide, celebrates its 90th anniversary.
From Camilla Fucili I read David Sokol’s article “Born-Again Crafts-man” with great interest (September 2010, p.32). The story of Timothy Liles is a perfect example of the dual nature of the industrial-design discipline. As a RISD student with an undergraduate background in 3-D digital work, I can totally relate to Liles’s point of view: his desire to return to craft,…
“Even though there isn’t strong competition from U.S. producers, it remains a tricky market for us.”
New York City’s historic interiors are an
essential part of its character. Keeping them intact, however, poses a knotty preservation challenge.
From Bryan Bell I appreciate that Julie Lasky’s article “The (Limited) Power of Good Intentions,” October 2010, p. 66) provides an informative new perspective on the current state of the design-for-social-change movement. The “flood” coming through the editor’s inbox does show a ramping up of efforts by designers. As the Harvard Kennedy School professor Mark Moore’s research shows, to successfully…
“There will be sharp competition, even from local companies that try to imitate Italian creativity.”
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…