Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2008
The innovative upholstery Jeff Jenkins developed for the Meta Chair—a runner-up in the 2004 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition—reappears in a new chaise longue, Isola, which was short-listed in De Padova and Designboom’s Premio Vico Magistretti contest last year. Potato-chip-thin but still ergonomic, the upholstery works perfectly for Isola’s triple function as lounge, stool, and desk. “You have this expressive…
Ross Lovegrove’s newest creations, willowy solar-powered streetlamps designed in collaboration with Artemide, are both out of the ordinary and off the grid. The plantlike Solar Trees feature spring-green steel stems topped with photovoltaic cells, which capture sunlight and use it to power the attached LEDs. As Artemide considers the feasibility of putting them into production, a temporary installation of the…
John Maeda’s Timetanium sneaker for Reebok was inspired, in part, by the idea of simplicity. Maeda is something of an expert on the subject. The computer artist and MIT professor, recently named the next president of the Rhode Island School of Design, wrote The Laws of Simplicity, which outlines ten mantras for the chronically harried. When Reebok approached Maeda to…
A group of Newark students gets a new school building—one where chocolate was once made.
Massin answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Baltimore and Melbourne transform dead lanes into vital public space.
Bruce Fowle designs buildings to get people moving.
A young architect finds promise in the concrete barriers that divide Israel and Palestine.
Fritz Hansen’s new table marries contemporary style to midcentury classics.
Japanese manufacturer Toto’s Hydrotect dirt-repellent tiles keep building facades—and the environment—clean.
Gender-bending trends in product design
Sambo’s benevolent spirit guides a modest addition in Atlanta.
A rehabilitation hospital in Toronto is colorful, comfortable, and child-friendly.
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
As the subcontinent grows in wealth, quality of life on the streets diminishes.
An anatomical park rises from the postindustrial landscape of Boxberg, Germany, as a symbol of healing.
Searching for the lost soul of Times Square amid the Jumbotrons and theme restaurants.
Due to a recent run of glowing columns, our resident curmudgeon changes the approach to his annual rite.
Tom Dixon’s entry into the U.S. market is the latest phase of
a multifaceted career that has spanned everything from sculpture and art direction to industrial and interior design.
One of New York’s lesser-known botanical gardens emerges as a leader in sustainable design.