Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2008
Every year Chicago stakes a new claim on America’s dining map. In repurposed architectural spaces, indoors and out, large plates and small, the Windy City just keeps getting tastier. Check out our listings online and be sure to pick up your own copy of Taste of the Town at NeoCon.
Kithaus’s new prefab K3 makes building a backyard studio a snap.
A Swiss research project proposes a new way to manufacture curved wooden panels.
Metropolis’s art department helps raise money for California wildfire victims.
Perhaps best known for his pop forms (think butterfly, tongue, and tulip), Pierre Paulin has a more functionalist past. In 1954 he turned out the Bauhaus-inspired CM 141 desk, which Ligne Roset will rerelease in September as Tanis. The name isn’t the only change—the original melamine surface is now Corian or laminate, and walnut has replaced ash veneer on the…
Noel Clarke, of 2C Design Studio, recently transformed the neglected attic of his Victorian house in Somerville, Massachusetts, into an immaculate modern work space. Rather than bury the room’s past under layers of Sheetrock, he integrated most of its existing features. “There are ways to make interventions that develop a dialogue between old and new so they feel like they…
The post office issues an unusually rich offering in recognition of an unusually rich career.
The relocation of an early Frank Gehry design raises questions about the nature of architecture.
This month Rosenthal, the 129-year-old china manufacturer, expands its classic repertoire with Landscape, a tableware series by Patricia Urquiola. Though the cutlery may have been modeled on a seventeenth-century marrow spoon, the collection— which debuted at Ambiente, in Frankfurt—showcases the designer’s penchant for tweaking tradition. The all-white dishes feature geometric patterns that form irregular handles and asymmetrical rims while highlighting…
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University’s recent discovery of a lost 1936 oil painting by Lloyd Morgan, chief designer of Schultze & Weaver, was an odd and welcome revelation to scholars of the New York–based architecture firm. Jonathan Mogul, a curatorial research associate at the museum, believes that the 6-by-14-foot canvas, a sort of greatest-hits collection of the firm’s work, was once displayed…
Another season, another collaborator—and this year the Rug Company has added interior designer Kelly Wearstler to its fashionable roster. The chic Angeleno’s eight-piece collection (which debuted this spring and will be highlighted at ICFF) was inspired by a range of things—vintage clothing, seashells, op art, wood grain—with palettes as varied as their motifs. Having trouble identifying the origin of Zephyr’s…
A new lighting manufacturer combines high-end design with prehistoric inspiration.
A series of stunning art installations, located in first-class and VIP lounges, enlivens the passenger experience at London’s Heathrow Airport.
One-fourth of the Swedish firm Front answers a few questions on industrial design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.
This year’s competition looked for solutions to a global
problem that many experts are calling the next big
New York’s tiny Gage/Clemenceau Architects put their fanciful competition ideas to work in built projects.
Looking to create sustainable jobs for the skilled workers of his hometown, one Indonesian designer produces a handmade radio.
The next international design stars will come from the Iberian Peninsula.
When design competitions reach for relevance, they can lead to discussions that move our thinking forward.
Faced last year with severe droughts and floods, we must now embark on a new understanding of our relationship to water.