Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine May 2012


Beyond Sin City

The Smith Center offers a new civic life, and an indigenous architectural style, for Las Vegas.

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 created this wonderful iconography, these distinctive images that are so inventive.” De Rossi asked Mariscal, who was nominated for an…

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 a lot of versatility in what you can do with the toy,” she says. “Regular stuffed toys have low play…


Architecture students focus on buildings, but not on the people who live in and around them.


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.

Keeping It Real

The game developer Jonathan Blow turns to architects to make virtual worlds more believable.