Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2007


Dreaming in Code

Jonathan Harris distills the Web’s infinite avalanche of thoughts, facts, and feelings into exquisitely framed portraits of humanity.

Less is More

A new furniture system aimed at the small-office market seeks to simplify the often daunting process of setting up shop.

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.