Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005


Concrete Jungle

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…

Takeout: 2025

Putting a futuristic spin on that ubiquitous New York space, Studio Gaia designs a “boutique” deli.

The Ethics of Brick

Giving priority to social equity can lead to surprising conclusions that subvert some of the widely accepted principles of green design.

The Magnificent Seven

When a 116-year-old furniture company teamed up with a class of student designers, the learning process went both ways.

Who’s the New Guy?

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…

One And Only

Arne Jacobsen’s Seven, one of the most loved—and widely copied—chairs in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Motion and Change

By giving Porto, Portugal, an active landmark, Janet Echelman altered the town’s notion of what sculpture can be.

The Seven Chair’s Sisters

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…