Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2007

 

Hear Color, See Sound

Architect Christopher Janney’s playful public art acts as an aural and light-filled salve to the alienating effects of the built environment.

Choices

Why do we insist on sealing ourselves inside glass boxes when there are more nuanced ways to experience life?

Dial M For Middle-Aged

Do baby boomers need their own specially designed telephone? Philips thinks so: its XL 340 is a cordless phone with subtle enhancements aimed at the 47-to-61-year-old set. The keys are large and well spaced (no reading glasses required), the on-screen menus are easy to navigate, and the call quality is crisp and interference-free. Now if only your remote control were…

Risom Redux

Among 91-year-old furniture designer Jens Risom’s extensive oeuvre, it’s hard to find an uncomely curve. But beyond his seminal pieces for Knoll, very little of his work is still in production. Two years ago Ralph Pucci International remedied the situation somewhat with a collection of 30 or so reeditions originally issued in the 1950s and ’60s, and recently it brought…