Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2007
To Red Start Design, jewelry is more than ornamentation. Its pointed Subtle Safety Ring was in the 2005 MoMA exhibition Safe: Design Takes on Risk. Now the San Francisco–based firm is treating tools like precious stones. More than just stylish, insists cofounder Amanda Knox, Level and Compass rings symbolize “the importance of balance and direction in life.” September 1, 2007…
Shigeru Ban and Artek pioneer the architecture of recycled sticky labels.
Now a local landmark, Hugh Newell Jacobsen’s 1967 town houses helped patch Baltimore.
In architecture and interior design, “branding” is often a bad idea. Too frequently it means applying existing identities (logos, color schemes) to a large-scale project that should properly be grounded in other concerns (form, user experience). But the new flagship store for affordable-design giant Umbra, which opened in downtown Toronto last June, is a rare instance of brand-as-architecture that actually…
Carpets make a resounding splash at this year’s ICFF and other trade shows.
Arik Levy responds to the pervasiveness of athletic wear with a fashion-forward line for urbanites.
The author rides a balloon over the nascent Orange County Great Park with Ken Smith.
What began as an experiment in (relative) modesty has been subsumed by raging Hamptons excess.
A Victorian-era material gets a twenty-first-century update.
Boeing’s new Dreamliner packs an array of enhancements to benefit passengers as well as the environment.
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
Our columnist’s favorite architects? His list of one begins here.
Public-outreach specialist Barbara Faga really can’t complain about the growing democratization of design.
Architect Christopher Janney’s playful public art acts as an aural and light-filled salve to the alienating effects of the built environment.
The key to a truly engaging hotel room: a touch of mystery.
Christian Lacroix is wowing the hospitality world with the same lavish mash-ups that made him famous in fashion.
A Canadian architect builds a woodland retreat that doesn’t disturb the forest.
Architecture schools use robotics to design buildings that react to the environment.
Antwerp looks to revitalize its once bustling waterfront with a redevelopment plan that anticipates both growth and rising sea levels.
Ilse Crawford creates both an upscale and a casual dining room for a new restaurant in Stockholm.