Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2006
Most patrons exit the recently inaugurated Des Moines Public Library, in Iowa, with a borrowed book or two, but the custom Reader chair also merits checking out. Architect David Chipperfield, who designed the building, and New York manufacturer Dune collaborated to develop an upholstered seat that both complements the library and provides maximum comfort for visitors, all while staying within…
Mario Ruiz’s new series for Estoli brings flair to the accessible home.
A new museum aims to connect locals to an emerging cultural district in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Think you could remember CPR in an emergency? Would it even be enough? Thanks to a collaboration between its medical and consumer-products divisions, Philips is now offering the HeartStart Home Defibrillator. The device—think of it as “defibrillation for dummies”—features cutting-edge technology and clear voice instructions to guide even the uninitiated user safely through an emergency. October 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized
Can its “Smart Space” practice shake up the lumbering world of infrastructure, zoning, and public process?
Spectacle brings David Rockwell’s zest for life to the printed page.
Stand up, Akron! Tell the world about your rubber! The “City of” series of shirts, designed by Campfire, is created with a sense of regional pride. “But a sarcastic, open-eyed insider kind of pride,” says Micah Kraus, who started the company with Nick Caruso and Andy Taray in August 2005. Currently 13 cities are available online at wearecampfire.com, but the…
After two intensive years of research, Hella Jongerius and Maharam have produced a textile that juxtaposes handiwork and industrial processes.
Architect Matthew Baird gives rug manufacturer Tai Ping four new showrooms that embody the luxury brand.
Frei Otto’s engineering technique gets new energy from a structure by Glenn Howells Architects.
Erwin Hauer’s enticing wall screens captivated the likes of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Florence Knoll Bassett. Now the artist enters the digital age.
Public-health advocate Richard Jackson argues that the way we build cities and neighborhoods is the source of many chronic diseases.
A Dutch firm designs rock ’n’ roll apartments for baby boomers.
By resisting easy temptations Renzo Piano has accomplished something rare: unstrained symbolism.
Graphic-design giant George Lois takes on boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Lorraine Wild answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.
The reigning queen of architecture talks about gender-specific buildings, the controversy behind her new Museum of Contemporary-Contemporary Art, and the difference between organic and regular Deconstructivism.
Henry Dreyfuss and Edward Larrabee Barnes’s prototype manufactured home is rediscovered—just before being sold as a teardown.
Let us now celebrate the man who brought grace, civility, and optimism into the design dialogue.
The day the $1.4 million Alessi flagship store was scheduled to open on Soho’s Greene Street, a dozen or so workers were still stomping over the freshly poured epoxy flooring, heaving a $14,000 La Marzocco espresso machine into its alcove, wiring lighting into custom shelving, touching up vacuum-formed wall fixtures. The contractors had been granted an extra 12 hours to…