Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2009


A Bright Future

To develop an affordable chair for children, a Swedish design firm turns to a new material with vast potential.

Tweaking Tradition

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.

Letter Perfect

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.

Design for Purpose: Generation by Knoll

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…

The Milan Moment

A hopeful sign of change appears from Japan, via Finland, as 21st-century furniture designers wait in the wings.

Breaking Theme

­Neil Denari delivers a refined space for a Los Angeles restaurant
that takes its inspiration from street culture.