Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005
Arne Jacobsen’s Seven chair recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and manufacturer Fritz Hansen launched several new colors, finishes, and styles to commemorate the occasion. But what may be less well known is the Seven—also known as the Sevener, Butterfly, and just plain 3107—has scads more descendents. Jacobsen himself made a number of one-piece laminates—chairs made of thin sheets of laminated…
These new products can transform a house into a home.
To create sculptural statements, Ivalo Lighting turns to the masters of form-giving: architects.
Patricia Urquiola shakes up the world of Italian design with daring work and a larger-than-life persona. Enter “the Hurricane.”
Metropolis’s Next Generation Design Competition defines the spirit of our time: a new evolving ethic.
Andrew Prinz and Robert Pietrusko’s Brooklyn-based Simultaneous Workshop mixes music and design.
Giving priority to social equity can lead to surprising conclusions that subvert some of the widely accepted principles of green design.
Architect Randy Higgins makes over a Portland art school with a fresh coat of paint.
Everything on the walls of the austere new MoMA has been carefully considered—down to the signage for finding basic amenities. Dresser Johnson was commissioned to design 17 icons for the museum’s renovation, several of which gently make over the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 1974 symbols, transforming those ubiquitous cucumber-limbed robots into characters with a pulse. “The classic wheelchair icon is…
Maija Louekari’s new designs for Marimekko are more intimate than the company’s famous patterns.
By giving Porto, Portugal, an active landmark, Janet Echelman altered the town’s notion of what sculpture can be.
A Parsons student’s chair captures the motion of flipping through Wilsonart laminates.
A new book depicts L.A. in all its multiplicity.
Bucharest’s National Museum of Contemporary Art opens in a section of the wildly oversize Palace of Parliament building.
Cell-phone designers improve the way we communicate; traffic-signal designers make crossing the street easier. And cake-plate designers? Well, they want to make eating cake more enjoyable. Lunar Design, a San Francisco-based industrial-design firm known for its work with companies like Packard and Palm, wanted to create something memorable—but economical to produce—to commemorate its twentieth anniversary. Working under the banner of…
“Women take both their sports and their style seriously. Why should we have to sacrifice one for the other?” designer Stella McCartney asks on an Adidas Web site announcing her new line for the athletics company. McCartney has answered that question with a collection that looks more like futuristic Zen warrior gear than your average gym ensemble. “We combined Stella’s…
Tall trees, lush ferns, leafy canopies—you can see them all in Boska, a windowless restaurant that opened recently in Plaza Escenaria, in Mexico City’s San Jeronimo neighborhood. Local architect Michel Rojkind and industrial designer Hector Esrawe have created a forest motif for the interior. Wood is featured prominently throughout the design—from the trunklike strip of teak that runs diagonally across…
With the right architect, a New York couple was able to build a Modern house in an exclusive Savannah development.
Shigeru Ban’s new Paris office puts the architect in a fishbowl.
Arne Jacobsen’s Seven, one of the most loved—and widely copied—chairs in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.