Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2007
Mainstream science and environmental groups have lambasted it, green customers and clients shun it, and companies are scrambling for alternatives. So why is PVC still so ubiquitous?
A Chicago nonprofit creates a liberating environment for people with disabilities.
Ingo Maurer answers a few questions on lighting design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Western Michigan’s big-three furniture makers have plans for your office chair once you’re finally done sitting in it.
A Michigan-based trio crafts honest homages to Dutch artisanship.
Tricycle expands its alternative sampling program with Tryk.
In the wake of the Minneapolis tragedy, our columnist asks: As the interstate highway system ages, are other failures inevitable?
For all their energy efficiency, fluorescents still have dangerous traces of mercury. With its Alto II bulb, Philips has reduced the toxic metal by half.
A new men’s boutique in Philadelphia has two very different, albeit masculine, sources of inspiration.
A fellowship invites photographers to document New York and its denizens.
A new San Francisco–based furniture company looks to Europe for inspiration and business models.
Before opening her New York–based design studio in 1996, Sandy Chilewich cofounded HUE, a women’s-legwear company. So it seems appropriate that her studio’s first product—Ray Bowls, now available in a limited tenth-anniversary edition from the MoMA Design Store—used a nylon-spandex blend commonly found in hosiery and lingerie, stretched over a simple metal frame to make a colorful cushion for fruit…
Washington, D.C. debates whether preserving the views from the Mall is worth stifling development.
Nanotechnology will turn everyday objects into tools for harnessing the sun’s vast energy.
In search of the greenest furnishings, we find ourselves at the frontier of invention.
This month’s Sacks Appeal exhibition, at the Museum of Art & Culture, in Missoula, Montana, displays an occasionally uneasy alliance between consumerist culture and the first-rank artists—Andy Warhol and Annie Leibowitz among them—who created the more than 70 shopping bags on view. Keith Haring’s cluttered, frenetic design (pictured), which reimagines the handle as a gaping red mouth, is an especially…
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
How products are transported is just as important as how they’re made. Here are three smart approaches.
The raging, unregulated world economy is now one we all share. How we reconcile that with the threats facing us will be the moral and technological dilemma of our time.
To celebrate October’s Fire Prevention Week, the Home Depot and the Arnell Group are eschewing firemen calendars (and other hot ephemera) for a more useful project. Their Home Hero fire extinguisher is a simple, sleek, and ergonomic upgrade of the clunky 150-year-old device that nobody actually seems to own. “We needed to make something that people would be proud to…