Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2005
“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…
Why is architectural thought taught without the benefit of architectural fact?
Andrew Prinz and Robert Pietrusko’s Brooklyn-based Simultaneous Workshop mixes music and design.
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…
Putting a futuristic spin on that ubiquitous New York space, Studio Gaia designs a “boutique” deli.
Giving priority to social equity can lead to surprising conclusions that subvert some of the widely accepted principles of green design.
With the right architect, a New York couple was able to build a Modern house in an exclusive Savannah development.
When a 116-year-old furniture company teamed up with a class of student designers, the learning process went both ways.
Architect Randy Higgins makes over a Portland art school with a fresh coat of paint.
Shigeru Ban’s new Paris office puts the architect in a fishbowl.
Set up on an aging New York pier, the Nomadic Museum creates a luminous interior space.
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…
Arne Jacobsen’s Seven, one of the most loved—and widely copied—chairs in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Fourteen young Finnish designers apologize—possibly for the fact that
they’re having so much fun.
Maija Louekari’s new designs for Marimekko are more intimate than the company’s famous patterns.
The fifteen finalists for the 2005 Next Generation® Design Competition displayed an inspiring blend of conceptual flair and social responsibility.
Are shopping districts inspired by New Urbanism a form of cultural brainwashing?
By giving Porto, Portugal, an active landmark, Janet Echelman altered the town’s notion of what sculpture can be.
This year’s co-winners share a commitment to process that might help designers solve some of our most complex problems.
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…