Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2006


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.

Arm-Chair Quarter-Back

For the past 20 years, Milanese architect Piero Lissoni has served as Boffi’s art director, overseeing virtually all creative aspects for the venerable Italian manufacturer.

From Here to Utopia

Joel Sternfeld’s engaging look at experimental communities taps into the American quest for the perfect alternative.

Step into Design

Despite its alarming size, Phaidon Design Classics is actually surprisingly thrifty. Each of the 999 industrially manufactured objects featured in its three encyclopedic volumes is illustrated, most by a photograph that perfectly balances a sparse entertaining story about its creation and enduring value. “The idea was really to go as wide as possible, and it was also very important to…

New Dimensions

Already famous for its bold patterns, the Rug Company is forging unconventional partnerships with product designers.

Ready-Made Replicas

For those on somewhat of a budget, there’s Design Within Reach (DWR). For those on a real budget, there’s Design Without Reach, 27-year-old product designer Rob Price’s answer to DWR’s creative monopoly. “I’d love to have some of these high-end design pieces,” he says of the company’s products, “but they’re still unattainable.” The solution? As an offshoot of a collaborative…

Premium Blend

“A blender is a very straightforward machine,” German designer Konstantin Grcic says in reference to his design for the Krups KB720. “The challenge is to come up with something that makes it distinctive.” Although it resembles most blenders in its basic form, the KB720—which makes its American debut at ICFF—is indeed distinctive: at 1,100 watts, it is one of the…