Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2010


Karim Rashid

The irrepressible designer talks about changing the world, dream clients, and guilty pleasures.

The Outdoorsman

In a long career that includes collaborations with Harry Bertoia and Florence Knoll, the furniture designer Richard Schultz has carved out a space in the domestic landscape that’s all his own.

New Terrain

With rolling floors and winding pathways, SANAA’s student center in Lausanne is a building like no other.

Inherent Drama

New York is no stranger to architectural controversy—the Atlantic Yards, the ongoing drama at Ground Zero—and this month the city will be home to two new plays about the recurring tension between an architect’s grand intentions and a client’s conflicting vision. The problem, according to June Finfer, who wrote The Glass House, arises when powerful people “each have a different…

Light Work

When Thomas Phifer and Arup developed a budget for their expansion of the North Carolina Museum of Art five years ago, they weren’t outlining financial expenditures—they were determining lighting levels. “We calculated how much light was best for each kind of art,” Phifer says. “Then we worked to create a museum with a system of variable levels.” As a result,…

Value Creation

The architect Emanuela Frattini Magnusson brings her business education to bear on her latest design venture.

The Visceralist

Combining a sensitivity to site with an elemental feel for materials and an affinity for people, Peter Bohlin has created a body of work grounded in the principles of enduring architecture.

Screened Out

It took a trip to MIT’s new media lab to realize that the era of the computer screen may be over.