Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2005
Known for her innovative space planning, Florence Knoll Bassett (“Shu” to her friends) recently designed an installation of her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since interviewing the legendary designer, I’ve become one of her many dedicated fans. Bassett defined the look for corporate interiors in the 1950s and profoundly influenced post-World War II design. The recent exhibition Florence…
Products that are changing our kitchens and bathrooms.
Mine is Olga Gueft: she started out my mentor then became my booster. Who is your hero?
Using a series of ingenious curtains, Petra Blaisse remakes a Belgian house, creating interiors of dramatic complexity.
In affluent parts of the world, a new kind of urban center is taking shape, catering to the nomadic rich and the restless, rootless young.
Working with artists, a Toronto developer gives a historic building new life.
Namco’s fantastically childlike video game has sophisticated overtones.
The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, who has embroidered plates and vases, has curated the exhibition Hella Jongerius Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (through September). The show displays eighteenth- and nineteenth-century needlework samplers that are traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Jongerius also created her own designs referencing the embroidered motifs she found…
A graphic look at Philip Johnson’s vast architectural network.
SK Telecom’s new Seoul skyscraper expresses the company’s progressive character.
Warsaw’s city architect wants to create a traditional urban core. But it’s in an exceptional place.
Students at Parsons School of Design team up with Piaggio to produce a new line of accessories for the Vespa scooter.
For the interior designer of the New York Environmental Defense offices, sustainability is a pragmatic choice.
When officials in a German town proposed a Gehry museum, residents balked. Now they love it.
Designing the welcoming signage for the Museum of Modern Art’s high-profile expansion posed a special challenge. “How can I generate something creative and cohesive that is still informative?” Mikon van Gastel, of Imaginary Forces, asked himself. Using a row of nine 40-inch LCD screens, the designer fashioned what he calls a “kinetic bar code” behind the ticketing desk. Employing technology…
Nike’s spring collection of sneakers tells us something about the state of industrial design—and the cultural forces shaping it.
With the reopening of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis now seems poised to become a major design mecca.
Bruce Mau’s Massive Change may be the most optimistic view of the future since the world gathered in Queens on the eve of World War II.
CeeLite’s flat, flexible surface illumination is changing the profile of lighting.
Through the cunning use of basic materials, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis creates three stunning restaurants.