Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2009
Struggling contract-furniture companies experiment with the idea of selling space instead of furniture.
Steelcase’s vice president for global design reflects on the fragile state of the contract-furniture industry.
Industrial Facility masters the fine art of stripping function to its most elegant and elemental.
Since its founding in 1956, Tai Ping Carpets has perfected the art of employing Chinese hand-tufting traditions to make lush, modern rugs. But delivering that same sensibility in the form of modular carpet tiles required fresh talent. “There’s a real design heritage to Tai Ping,” says Phil Decker, the general manager of the company’s new contract division. “I wanted the…
Michael Graves, Irving Harper, Others Remember George Nelson
George Nelson's talented team reveals the method to the madness—and how Nelson's greatest genius may have been in bringing them together.
George Nelson—architect, industrial designer, writer, editor, gadfly, and master impresario. Now the talented team behind one of design’s great figures reveals the method to the madness—and how his greatest genius may have been his skill in bringing them together.
What a difference four years makes. In 2005, just after earning their master’s degrees in architecture from Columbia University, Minnie Jan and Daisuke Nagatomo were thrilled to receive a Viewer’s Choice Award in the OFS Hotseat competition, sponsored by Metropolis. “We just designed what we wanted and submitted it,” Nagatomo says of their entry, a playful, porous chair. But he…
An Experiment in Green: U.S. Green Building Council’s New Headquarters
Envision Design's biggest challenge yet? Creating an HQ for the U.S. Green Building Council that puts the organization’s ideas—and ideals—into action.
After designing offices for some of the leading environmental groups in the country, Envision Design takes on its biggest challenge yet: creating a new headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council that puts the organization’s ideas—and ideals—into action.
Kazuyo Sejima Completes Her Most Complex Work So Far
The architect's latest, an apartment building in Japan, is an intricate composition of curves and voids that delicately balances privacy and community.
Kazuyo Sejima’s latest project, an apartment building in Yokohama, Japan, is an intricate composition of curves and voids that delicately balances privacy and community.
Furniture manufacturers pick the products that should succeed despite the downturn.
PURPOSE: Task chair for the younger set I’ve never liked to think of myself as a Millennial, a member of Generation Y, that demographic cohort now in its teens and twenties. No doubt you’ve heard about us: we’re informal, tech-savvy, approval-hungry Facebook addicts, hopping from job to job in search of personal fulfillment and a sweet work-life balance. Most of…
A hopeful sign of change appears from Japan, via Finland, as 21st-century furniture designers wait in the wings.
from Nood Fashion
For a hotel in Mexico City, Yabu Pushelberg spins the familiar into gold.
Neil Denari delivers a refined space for a Los Angeles restaurant
that takes its inspiration from street culture.
from Herman Miller
A welcome new desk corrals pesky accessories for a clutter-free work space.
PURPOSE: Sketchbooks for persnickety designers Sometimes the mother of invention is not necessity but frustration. This was the case with the designer Olof Hansson, who found that the crisscrossing black lines of his graph paper detracted from the simplicity of his sketches. So the 36-year-old Swede set about developing an innovative kind of paper that uses white (instead of traditional…
Monica Förster designs a svelte task chair custom-made for women’s unique sitting habits.
To develop an affordable chair for children, a Swedish design firm turns to a new material with vast potential.