Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2006

 

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…

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…

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…

Out of the Computer

Virginia San Fratello tries to convert her Next Generation® prize-winning proposal for a Hydro Wall from digital rendering to material prototype.

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.

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…

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…

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.