Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2008


Mission-Impossible Architecture

Often faced with complex, even contra­dictory, conditions, Leers Weinzapfel Associates makes an art of designing buildings that play nicely with their surroundings.

Triple Duty

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…

Carbon Neutral U

In the age of global warming, the greening of the American college campus is a largely grassroots effort driven by students, faculty, and in-house staff dedicated to sustainable thinking.

Green Growth

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…

It’s About Time

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…


Massin answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.