Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2007


No, It’s Not a Home Pregnancy Test

Sticking a pen in someone’s eye is a) usually a bad idea; b) occasionally hilarious; c) an important glaucoma screening test; or d) an interesting design challenge. For Bryce Rut­ter, the founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group, it was particularly the last. His team—veteran designers of ­toothbrushes, coffee-cup lids, and computer mouses—was commissioned to rethink the tonometry pen, an…

Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford answers a few questions on interior design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.

Ilse Crawford answers a few questions on interior design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.

Big Gulp

Most of us swallow effortlessly when we are scared or anxious, during a business lunch, or over celebratory cocktails. But the millions with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing at all. Now the magnetically controlled Swallow Enhancement Device, designed by Product Development Technologies, makes it possible to trigger the act manually. With a simple squeeze, a handheld device prompts the titanium throat…

It’s Got Legs

When faced with outfitting their studio, architects Della Valle and Bernheimer decided to invest time and effort into creating a lively new worktable with real mass-market appeal.

Interior World

Susan Yelavich immersed herself in some of the most innovative spaces of the past quarter-century to produce her new book.

Tate, Take 2

Herzog & de Meuron has designed an airy glass addition for the top of a riverside industrial building—this time not on the Thames but on the Elbe. Hamburg’s new philharmonic hall, to be completed by 2010, will house performance spaces, a five-star hotel, luxury apartments, and a brewery. But the project’s real high note is the public plaza situated between…

A Healthy Obsession

With its focus on the patient experience and fierce dedication to green materials, Guenther 5 looks to remake the hospital paradigm.

Media Wall

As you enter the IAC Building, you might notice how the heads of people sitting in reception are dwarfed by a giant globe projected on a 20-foot-wide screen behind them, as if in some Barry Diller–esque restaging of the war room in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove. You might also notice a trackball perched atop the reception desk. If…

Summer Fling

To many New Yorkers, the opening of Liquid Sky, this year’s courtyard installation for P.S. 1’s Warm Up, will herald the start of summer. But to creators Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues it begins the cycle of another temporary work. The design-build duo created the tensile pavilion from a tentlike surface composed of custom-made Mylar petals and stretched across utility…

Product Innovation

The IAC interiors were a dramatic departure from Studios Architec­ture’s previous breakthrough project—the Bloomberg New York headquarters (see “Total Design,” November 2005), where every product and design flourish reflected the brand. “Bloomberg’s culture has an absolute precision and a definition of what they are, and their spaces carry it from A to Z—their workstations look like the monitors, which look…

Rocking The Boat

The Front Runner is a bit like a vitamin-enriched soft drink: a healthier product for a market merely seeking gratification. “Boating is filled with hot-rodders and hillbillies who just want to go fast,” industrial designer Joey Ruiter says. “That’s who boat manufacturers are targeting. I’m saying that you can have the horsepower and the excitement, but you don’t have to…