Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2008
Nendo applies its highly sought brand of unconventionality to its own work space.
Last year, when Heath Ceramics owners Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic took the train from New York to California with their three-year-old baby, they brought along two of the enduring Sausalito company’s plates and a bowl. “It’s so much nicer than eating with that plastic stuff,” Bailey says. Though the glazed-ceramic pieces were heavy, the couple ended that epic journey…
If you’ve been coveting Hella Jongerius’s Layers textiles ever since Maharam previewed them in 2006 (see “The Art of Layering,” October 2006), the wait is finally over. In two patterns, decorative stitching reminiscent of hand embroidery ties together sheets of felt, while in others circular outlines appear to mutate and degrade. (The Layers Garden Double pattern is shown here on…
A postproduction studio lands a home that is perfectly adapted to its needs.
A couple of accidental wallpaper designers try not to repeat themselves.
A high-end version of the common building material elevates a bus depot in the Paris suburbs to a piece of social commentary.
Faced with a site destined for taller construction, an architect produces a short-term structure that is long on style.
A corporate anthropologist helps Chronicle Books design its office around organizational relationships.
On a recent trip to Helsinki, architect Page Goolrick found herself battling the damp cold equipped with little more than a short jacket. So she did what most of us wish we were re-sourceful enough to do, and fashioned her own protective shawl out of a yard of woven cashmere bought at a local fabric store. The chic charcoal gray…
Technology is rapidly transforming health care, bringing dramatic (and long overdue) changes to the look of many hospitals. Sync, a swoopy new nurse’s station from Nurture by Steelcase, is an architectural response to the less paper/more technology imperative. “People have been talking about decentralized nursing for twenty years now, but the hurdle was always technology,” says George Vangelatos, a principal…
Designed by homegrown firm Snøhetta, the Oslo Opera House is a bridge between the city and its waterfront.
With more people working from home, Herman Miller commissions a new line of domestic office furniture to accompany its famous Eames and Nelson pieces. But are icons born or made?
In need of an update, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s historic tower sparks a debate about the conservation of Modern architecture.
Tanya Aguiñiga’s furniture incorporates local culture, traditional crafts, and layers of colorful fabric.
RISD’s outgoing president prepares to build a new breed of cultural institutions in Qatar.
WTC Fate Comes Clear: Prepare for Ordinary
What’s now under construction at Ground Zero is looking like a fairly typical twenty-first-century business district.
What’s now under construction is looking like a fairly typical twenty-first-century business district.
A spine expert sizes up the performance of two of the latest ergonomic chairs.
Steelcase’s new modular office system encourages paper pushers to cozy up.
A new public library tries to heal a war-torn Colombian town.
A new air purifier looks to provide fresh air in offices on a desk-by-desk basis.