Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006



“Material for your dreams,” reads a page of the press materials for Durat, a polyester-based surface material made by Tonester Ltd. in Rymättylä, Finland. This may be an enticing statement, but Durat is in fact pretty much the opposite: a material mostly used for the eminently practical business of kitchens and bathrooms. Fortunately, the smooth durable plastic meets the needs…

Plot Lines

In Copenhagen, two OMA alums create an ingenious housing complex with a staggering variety of apartment layouts.

Map Quest

Calling all aficionados of “locative media practice”—the editors and contributors of Else/Where: Mapping (shout-outs to our own Peter Hall, coeditor, and Stephen Zacks, contributor) have assembled dozens of noteworthy new media-mapping projects into one sprawling tome. With offerings as diverse as examinations of the globalization of football to the swarming patterns of pigeons, an infectious enthusiasm guides the way. July…

Kopy Kats?

When a discussion erupted on one of our favorite blogs——about two eco-friendly cleansers that have similar packaging, we couldn’t help but recall an earlier episode. In a Spy-like photo comparison, Design Observer posted one bottle from the hip brand Method—allegedly by Karim Rashid—and another from the discount brand Solutions, and encouraged readers to share their thoughts. “The design was stolen,”…