Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November 2006
Philip Johnson orchestrated a scene around his impeccable eccentricity, and his Glass House was the hub of this extravaganza.
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. We asked some of them to share memories of the Glass House. Their stories appear below. ** David Childs I…
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 a hit at the furniture shows, he has yet to find a New York showroom. Markuse suspects the problem isn’t…
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, her first teakettle. Like so many of Zeisel’s designs (numbering more than 100,000), the brushed stainless-steel vessel strikes a just-right…
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 World Crows contains 20 examples of that unremarkable genus, for example, while The Noisemakers lumps the traditional party popper with…
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 sterilized and refilled—up to 20 times—with Tuborg brew. Not that we needed another excuse to drink. November 1, 2006 Categories:…
A law in Romania requiring designers to be registered could push its best practitioners underground.
There is a movement afoot to create recreational spaces that better serve our cities and our children.
Parks and organizations worldwide are learning “public-space management” from the Central Park Conservancy.
Martha Schwartz answers a few questions on landscape architecture, inspiration, and process using her thumbs.
Two lessons in historic Modernism: What will we learn from them?
Our guide to a responsive, hospitable, and tech-savvy workplace
A recent electronic-arts festival drew stark attention to what a cluster of high-profile buildings had forgotten: the people who live there.
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 Danish chef and a production designer combine their skills to tell a story over dinner.
Keilhauer’s new task chair by EOOS brings Pilates to the desk job.
Johnson’s masterwork is less a discrete space than a lens to the landscape that surrounds it.
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.
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.
This season’s sharpest contract designs come dressed in ways that recall menswear.