Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2006

 

Techno-Domesticity

Whether it’s modular living, eco-friendly lighting, or helping out around the house, technology is increasingly playing a greater role in domestic life. The prototypes and products shown here indicate what the home might be like in the near future.

By Its Cover

There’s more to the latest series of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions than good stories. Featuring custom cover art by renowned graphic artists, the first six volumes of inspired pairings (more will be released this fall) include Seth’s sublime lines for The Portable Dorothy Parker and Roz Chast’s psychological humor illustrating Stella Gibbons’s domestic send-up, Cold Comfort Farm. June 1, 2006…

The Great Divide

With a border running through the center of Nicosia—and politicians squabbling—architects and planners on the opposing sides prepare for the city’s eventual reunification.

New Feats of Felt

“The artists that inspire me blur the division between fine art and craft,” says Melina Raissnia, who has put a contemporary stamp on the ancient art of felt rug making. Passionate about industrial and organic shapes, the 36-year-old designs rugs that look more like details of Fortunato Depero’s Futurist paintings than traditional floor coverings. And she has found a growing…

Stunning Effects

A geriatric poker mishap, a surprise party, and a windblown beauty breezing toward her kneeling beau enliven Ikea’s offerings in a hybrid commercial/movie/Web site (www.ikea.com/ms/sv_SE/kampanj/fy06_dromkok/dromkok.html). Spin Matrix-style through Ikea-appointed interiors with inhabitants suspended mid-fiasco, and click deeper into the rooms to get product specs and purchasing details. Log on simply for the eye candy, because the site is all in…

Tie-Dyed Leather

With its garish explosions of color and inescapable hippie associations, tie-dye is an unlikely candidate for high-style textile design. Yet Maya Romanoff’s new line of tie-dyed leather is unexpectedly elegant. Instead of explosions, there are ripples. The colors are earthy and restrained. Paired with a Louis Quinze-style chair, the leather looks stately, almost regal. It’s a far cry from the…

Public Interest

Green design goes prime time this June when PBS airs Design: e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious. Narrated by Brad Pitt and featuring our own editor in chief, Susan Szenasy, the six-episode documentary explores issues in sustainable architecture, highlighting seminal examples from New York to China. Interviewing such pioneers as William McDonough and Richard Cook, the series promises to…

Is Sustainable Luxury An Oxymoron?

It’s an illogical pairing of words only a marketing executive could love (or tolerate), a rival to our all-time favorite: army intelligence. But perhaps we’re overreacting—let’s back up and consult the dictionary. Merriam-Webster’s defines sustainable as “a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Luxury is described somewhat hedonistically (thank…

All About Yves

With a new lamp for Herman Miller—and an emerging role as an educator—Yves Béhar brings his story-driven approach to the mainstream.

Cooking Up an Expansion

The news that minimalist Jasper Morrison has developed a line of cookware for Alessi seems unusual, if not perplexing. In the United States “Alessi” calls to mind tiny people, like the little red man steeping your tea or the green one holding your toothbrush—or it evokes architecture turned high-end tea set. But with Morrison’s consumer line Pots&Pans, the 85-year-old Italian…

Back to the Future

As industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost celebrates his 100th birthday, his family seeks to preserve his life’s work and the house where it was made.