Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2010


Kit of Parts

The open-source model has begun to make inroads into the world of industrial design. Now an innovative new program attempts to bring that ethos to the scale of buildings.

Water Works

Led by a hard-charging CEO and his right-hand man, Grohe uses design to remake both the bathroom and its own business.

Tray Cool

The Chill serving platter, from the Danish team of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn, may look like a classic piece of Scandinavian design, but it packs a novel surprise. Hidden between the melamine tray and the porcelain plate is a cooling pad that keeps cheese, sushi, or smørrebrød at the perfect temperature. Now you can possess the secret: the platter,…

An About Face

You’ll need a pen to navigate the better part of Martí Guixé’s new offerings for Alessi. The Catalan designer’s first collection for the Italian manufacturer includes three “communicator” vessels that have places—in the shape of an arrow, balloons, and a plant—to scribble notes. A blank clock allows you to fill in any thoughts, images, or other associations you have with…

James Dyson

answers a few questions on engineering, hands-on work, and protecting your ideas.

The Cost of Convenience

In a heroic effort to source and fabricate each part of an everyday appliance himself, Thomas Thwaites produces the world’s most expensive toaster.