Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November 2006


Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

Philip Johnson orchestrated a scene around his impeccable eccentricity, and his Glass House was the hub of this extravaganza.

First Person

Johnson was a legendary tastemaker and power broker whose web of influence spanned nearly seven decades. He and his longtime companion, David Whitney, used their bucolic estate as the locus of a far-flung network of friends, colleagues, and cultural luminaries.…

Designer Chairs for Cheap

After previewing a new line of chairs and bar stools to fanfare this spring, Jack Markuse assumed it would be easy to land floor space for his new company, Appoggi. But although the designs—by Richard Gluckman, Arquitectonica, SHoP, and others—were…

Kettle One

Eva Zeisel turns 100 this month, and the legendary designer shows little sign of slowing down. In recent years she has created new products for Crate and Barrel, Nambé, Lomonosov, and KleinReid; and now Chantal has released the Eva Kettle,…

The Art of Collecting

We may all rely on practical lists to help order our lives, but Gregory Blackstock elevates list-making to an art form. His visual taxonomies—published this fall by Princeton Architectural Press as Blackstock’s Collections—span the generic to the unexpected. The Great…

Tastes Great, Less Waste

Conscientious beer drinkers in Denmark have good reason to toast. Copenhagen-based Tuborg beer has employed the world’s first refillable plastic beer bottles. While it’s news to us, Danes have dutifully returned the company’s empty bottles since 1999. They are then…

Greener Education

Parks and organizations worldwide are learning “public-space management” from the Central Park Conservancy.

Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz answers a few questions on landscape architecture, inspiration, and process using her thumbs.

San Jose’s Missing Soul

A recent electronic-arts festival drew stark attention to what a cluster of high-profile buildings had forgotten: the people who live there.

Pantone Paints

Let’s say you’d like to paint your bathroom the color of your favorite tie—or your living room the precise shade of white used inside the Museum of Modern Art.

A Shifting Landscape

To create points of interest throughout their 47 acres, Johnson and Whitney perpetually modified the grounds. This evocative photo essay captures key moments of a walk through the estate.

Extending the Legacy

Curators at the Glass House—which opens to the public in April—face an intriguing challenge: linking the restless, insatiably curious spirit of its creator to a living future.