Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2006
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…
By building a single-family house on land too tiny for other developers, one young Toronto firm is making a name for itself.
Knitters practice urban beautification by taking their needles to the streets.
The Vermont enclave Prickly Mountain was built as an antiestablishment utopia—and that’s what it still is.
As a US Army captain Hoa Vu witnessed firsthand the needs of the disabled. Now an architecture intern, he has created a quick-reference guide to ADA regulations. Composed of commonly used diagrams and specifications, the 36-by-48-inch poster puts compliance within easy reach. For information on how to order this poster, go here. October 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized
The latest environmentally friendly surfaces.
David Allee’s latest photographs capture out-of-context urban objects in an otherworldly glow.
Muji’s whimsical New York in a Bag, newly available from the MoMA store, reduces the teeming metropolis to a set of wooden blocks. There are some nondescript office towers, a few cars (presumably taxis), and the usual icons: Lady Liberty, the Chrysler Building, and the Guggenheim. A closer look also reveals Edward Durell Stone and Philip Goodwin’s 1939 MoMA building….
Clusters of self-sustaining suburban villages can be the way we grow—without sprawling.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
In the mid-1990s, fueled by cheap rent and the local art school, the crumbling warehouses of Providence, Rhode Island, birthed some of the most exciting art and music in the country. “It just sort of exploded here, and it exploded on and off for the last ten years,” says Brian Chippendale, drummer in the noise-punk band Lightning Bolt and a…
Visitors to Italian manufacturer Sicis’s new showroom in New York’s Soho will find a world of tile.
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.