Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2019 Issue

Sarah Whiting on the Many Lives of a Simple Family Salad Bowl

The newly appointed dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Design tells Metropolis about a beloved red dish.

The newly appointed dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design tells Metropolis about a beloved red dish.

With Office Furniture, How Flexible Should You Go?

Too little and you’re boxed in; too much and you’re overwhelmed. Brian Wilson of Pair sets the record straight on how much is just right.

Too little, and you’re boxed in; too much and you’re overwhelmed. Brian Wilson of Pair sets the record straight on how much is just right.

Sofa or Sculpture? Nienkämper’s Heartbeat Sofa Pulls Off Both

Designed by Karim Rashid, the social, modular piece is a conversation starter in more ways than one.

Designed by Karim Rashid, the social, modular piece is a conversation starter in more ways than one.

Tent Revival: Lord Fabrik Releases a Natural Canvas Alternative to Vinyl

Foregoing toxic compounds, the weathered-look treated collection can be used for upholstery, wallcoverings, and rugs.

Foregoing toxic compounds, the weathered-look treated collection can be used for upholstery, wallcoverings, and rugs.

This Exhibition Aims to Capture the Diversity of Human Health

Being Human, the permanent display at London's Wellcome Collection is a meditation on humanity in the 21st century.

Being Human, the permanent display at London’s Wellcome Collection is a meditation on humanity in the 21st century.

T SAKHI’s Urban Interventions

Founded by sisters Tara and Tessa Sakhi, the intercontinental studio aims to change how people interact in cities.

Founded by sisters Tara and Tessa Sakhi, the intercontinental studio aims to change how people interact in cities.

Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus

In Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus, historian John R. Blakinger investigates the life of the Hungarian artist, the last of the Bauhaus generation in America.

In Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus, historian John R. Blakinger investigates the life of the Hungarian artist, the last of the Bauhaus generation in America.

How It’s Made: Parachilna’s Ghost-like Lighting Fixture

Designed by Toronto-based Partisans, no two versions of the piece are the same.

Designed by Toronto-based Partisans, no two versions of the piece are the same.

Sitting Alone in Public: How the Café Chair Defined Modern Urban Culture

Beginning with Thonet's innovations two centuries ago, the development of the café chair typology reflects upheavals in cities and design.

Beginning with Thonet’s innovations two centuries ago, the development of the café chair typology reflects upheavals in cities and design.

Let There Be Shade: A PoMo Church Looks to Gothic Architecture and Algorithms to Solve its Solar Problem

A renovation of the Phillip Johnson and John Burgee–designed Crystal Cathedral adds algorithmically-modeled shades to protect the congregation from the sun.

A renovation of the Phillip Johnson and John Burgee–designed Crystal Cathedral adds algorithmically-modeled shades to protect the congregation from the sun.

8 Lighting Releases That Show the Best Design is Often Hidden in Plain View

Recent lighting products can take a minimal form, seemingly dissolving into the spatial ether, or manifest more arrestingly.

Recent lighting products can take a minimal form, seemingly dissolving into the spatial ether, or manifest more arrestingly.

A Financial Office in New York Gets a Residential-Style Makeover

The renovation, by New York designer Kevin Dumais and architects Fogarty Finger, aimed to cultivate a "home away from home" for employees.

The renovation, by New York designer Kevin Dumais and architects Fogarty Finger, aimed to cultivate a “home away from home” for employees.

Mendini’s World: Groninger Museum Opens a Massive Exhibition on the Late Architect-Designer

Organized by Alessandro Mendini himself, the showcase includes work by his contemporaries and is staged in a building he helped design.

Organized by Alessandro Mendini himself, the showcase includes work by his contemporaries and is staged in a building he helped design.

The Problem with the “Designification” of Health Care

A wave of service providers and clinics is using catchy branding and interior design to attract patients frustrated with old-guard medical facilities. But is further commodification of health care the answer?

A new wave of clinics is using design to attract patients frustrated with old-guard medical facilities. But is further commodification of health care the answer?

At Casa Perfect, Retail Gets a Big Dose of the Hospitality Factor

The experimental boutique retail outlet emphasizes high design and domestic comforts over transaction.

Casa Perfect, an experimental retailer with outlets in New York, San Francisco, and L.A., emphasizes high design and domestic comforts over transaction.

8 Hospitality-Grade Products for Next-Level Living

The availability of attractive, hospitality-grade products on the market means everyday consumers can live the high life at home.

The availability of attractive, hospitality-grade products on the market means everyday consumers can live the high life at home.

How Maggie’s Centres Help Cancer Patients Find Strength from Within

The rapidly growing cancer care provider uses big-name architects and designers to create comfortable, hospitable spaces.

The rapidly growing cancer care provider uses big-name architects and designers to create comfortable, hospitable spaces.

Can Psychology Help Combat Anxiety in Crafting Welcoming Hospitality Spaces?

The growing field of environmental psychology examines what makes people feel comfortable. Now it's up to designers to harness its findings.

The growing field of environmental psychology examines what makes people feel comfortable. Now it’s up to designers to harness its findings.