Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2006


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.

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.