Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2012



Whether in a dramatic hillside home in California or an AIDS clinic in South Africa, Stan and Jess Field look first to the land.

Starck’s Material World

More than ten years in the making, the designer’s new chair pushes Emeco—a manufacturer long famous for its iconic aluminum furniture—in a whole new direction.

Destination: Downtown

Piggybacking on the success of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York Design Week—which begins May 18—has now firmly established its own identity. Here’s our selection of not-to-miss events.

Cities of the Imagination

The building boom in the Middle East– spearheaded in large part by Western design firms–is the latest chapter in that region’s centuries-old struggle between its cultural identity and its utopian dreams.

Lunar Lighting

WEB “Javier Mariscal is a nonconformist,” Danilo De Rossi, the creative director of Leucos, says of the Spanish designer he commissioned to create the new Solea lamp. “Maybe it’s because his background is in animation and graphics. He has…

Freedom of Assembly

WEB In the toy industry, there’s a concept called “play value,” says Jen Bilik, the founder of Knock Knock, a gift store and stationery company that recently diversified into playthings. “If there’s high play value, it means that there’s…