Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2012


American Master

A new exhibition on Duncan Phyfe reasserts his place as an early virtuoso of furniture design. Here, five contemporary designers reflect on his enduring influence.

The Sweet Spot

Lured by higher margins and lower entry costs, young American product designers are making a profitable discovery: creating lights might provide the best business model around.

Matali Crasset

The French designer talks about collaboration, clients’ dreams, and gymnastics of the mind.

Nothing Wasted

J&J Industries’ water-recycling system is both environmentally responsible and economically viable.

Trial by Internet

WEB Scott Wilson has had a long and varied design career—formerly a global creative director of Nike, he now runs his own studio, Minimal, in Chicago—but since late 2010 he has become best known for his Kickstarter story. Wilson went to the popular crowd-funding site with the goal of raising $15,000 for a watch design. After 30 days, he…

Heart of Glass

WEB As a native of Murano, Italy, the designer Luca Nichetto has fond memories of the handcrafted “pearls” that are sold as souvenirs of the island’s famous glassmaking industry. So when the manufacturer Foscarini—which also got its start in Murano—asked Nichetto to design a large-scale suspension lamp, he thought to recreate the feeling of those colorful baubles, but…


20th Century Pattern Design WRITTEN BY Lesley Jackson DESIGNED BY Fiona Knowles PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS, 224 pp., $40 In this update of Lesley Jackson’s extensive survey of pattern design, the author takes us on a twentieth-century journey along which we meet pioneers such as William Morris, Annika Rimala, and Jun-ichi Arai. The story is told through these seminal designers, with…