Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2010
answers a few questions on engineering, hands-on work, and protecting your ideas.
In a heroic effort to source and fabricate each part of an everyday appliance himself, Thomas Thwaites produces the world’s most expensive toaster.
The design directors of five leading contract-furniture companies stare into a crystal ball made hazy by a deep recession and fundamental shifts in the way we work.
Young designers bring derring-do into a marketplace starved for fresh ideas.
Smart manufacturing gives new products and updated classics better environmental profiles.
An award-winning planning study for Lower Manhattan may act as a model for future development.
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.
William Mitchell and the MIT Media Lab take on one of urban America’s hidden foes: the car.
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,…
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…
Sarah Gluck and Robyne Kassen design street furniture to get you moving.
Israeli chicken farmers object to the government’s new plan for industrialization.
Specht Harpman celebrates the uninspired architecture of a 1960s dormitory.
The flamboyant architect adds another project to her crown of built forms.
Architects find promise in New York’s rising sea levels.
Maya Romanoff looks to traditional Himalayan artisanship for its latest wallpaper collection.
Mechanical-engineering students design a better bathroom fixture.
Introducing Metropolis’s annual special product issue
Led by a hard-charging CEO and his right-hand man, Grohe uses design to remake both the bathroom and its own business.
Having a single model suited to more than one errand makes the bike appealing for short-distance outings.