Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2009

 

Sit Pretty in Pink

Until now, Dauphin’s contribution to breast-cancer research was purely behind the scenes. Since 2002, it has donated to the furniture industry’s Common Thread for the Cure Foun­dation. But this year, the Bavaria-based manufacturer takes its commitment public: a forthcoming edition of its Conte chair will feature a pink-leather backrest embossed with the movement’s signature ribbon. The National Breast Cancer Foundation…

Give Me Some Skin

Touted as the notebook of writers—Hemingway supposedly used it—the Moleskine has a slim, sturdy profile that makes it popular with anyone who puts pen to paper (dilettantes included). Designers should be glad to learn that the company will now offer generous A3 and A4 sizes, which are better suited to drawing—with FSC-certified sketching- and watercolor-quality paper to boot. Who said…

Space Oddities

Imagine you are an industrial designer, and this brief lands on your desk: “To build a garment that will hold up under the most extreme circumstances”—so far, so good, you think—“without the astronaut dying.” Would you blanch? That, says the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Amanda Young, the author of Spacesuits (powerHouse Books, 2009), was the daunting challenge for…

Golden Ticket

­Filmmaker Gary Hustwit takes viewers inside famous—­and sometimes secretive—design studios.

The New Reality: Graduating Class

Given the dismal state of the economy, we decided to ask students completing ten top industrial-design programs (both bachelor’s and master’s) about their career plans. There’s certainly no lack of problems to tackle—environmental, social, or otherwise—but there will likely be fewer jobs to fill, at least for now. Click on the photos to see what some young creative minds have…

18 Insights From the Italian Master, Enzo Mari

The legendary Italian designer—a man of fiery polemics and rigorously pure forms­—has produced a remarkable body of work, built surely for the ages.

The legendary Italian designer—a man of fiery polemics and rigorously pure forms­—has produced a remarkable body of work, built surely for the ages.

Banal Genius

Sam Hecht’s intriguing Under a Fiver collection highlights the ingenuity and folly of some of the world’s most inexpensive objects.

Towards a New Ethical Framework for Evaluating Design

The 20th-century definition of “good design” was driven primarily by form. Today the stakes are too high, & the world too complex, for such a response.

The 20th-century definition of “good design” was driven primarily by form. Today the stakes are too high, and the world too complex, for a superficial response.

The Children of Raymond Loewy

­A curious lineage exists between the dapper Frenchman and today’s contemporary stars of industrial design, from Philippe Starck to Jonathan Ive.

­A curious lineage exists between the dapper Frenchman and today’s contemporary stars.