iPhone 5 Cases

Hardback homes for the heavily anticipated device

Apple consumers are getting their hands on the hotly anticipated iPhone 5 for the first time today, so it’s time to start thinking about cases. This past week has seen manufacturers releasing prototypes and (in some instances) rolling out production for cases that accommodate the taller, slimmer design. Scouring the selections, we’ve brought together eight makers with designs ranging from aluminum vaults and leather sleeves …

Studio Visit: Miya Ando

Steel kimonos, diamond-plated skateboards and hand-anodized aluminum paintings

The anodization of aluminum—a process common in everything from carabiners to satellites to medical equipment—is yet another factory method to fall under the provenance of fine art. Miya Ando‘s work, created through a process of dip-dying aluminum blocks in electrically-charged vats, are nothing short of industrial watercolors. “I like this ability for a plate of metal to evoke soft imagery and ephemerality,” says Ando. The …

Metropole Aluminum House

Jean Prouvé's 1949 design steals the show at Design Miami/Basel

As Design Miami/Basel continues to establish itself as the dominant satellite fair of Switzerland’s Art Basel, Galerie Patrick Seguin upped the ante this year by installing a 1,000 square-foot aluminum structure designed by Jean Prouvé. The Metropole Aluminum House was originally created as a school for rural communities that could be pre-fabricated and erected on-site. While the structure was never implemented on a mass scale, …