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…

Brand Loyalty

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…

New Uniforms

­Arik Levy responds to the pervasiveness of athletic wear with a fashion-forward line for urbanites.


What began as an experiment in (relative) modesty has been subsumed by raging Hamptons excess.

Jet Green

Boeing’s new Dreamliner packs an array of enhancements to benefit passengers as well as the environment.

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.