Architects and Designers to Watch: Metropolis Magazine’s New Talent 2017

Whether they’re creating a hospital in Zambia or Shaker-inspired objects in Oregon, these talents have what it takes to advance architecture and design.

Even though they work at diverse scales, the five emerging practices that we have selected this year as Metropolis’s New Talent 2017 share some fundamental characteristics. They are all open to influences from other places and professions, engage with new technologies and materials, and collaborate with others at the cutting edge of their field. Whether they’re creating architectural installations in London, lighting designs in Vancouver, start-up offices in New York, a hospital in Zambia, or Shaker-inspired objects in Oregon, these practitioners have what it takes to move architecture and design forward.

Adam Nathaniel Furman Courtesy Julian Furman

Adam Nathaniel Furman
Relying on his own imagination rather than trends, Furman—a master of surface and ornamentation—designs exuberant works at all manner of scales.

In 2013, Orkidstudio built a large activity center for the Mutende Children’s Village in Zambia. Designed to be flexible, the building can be used as classrooms and offices. Courtesy Orkidstudio

The firm’s small Nairobi-based team is equal parts contractor, designer, and educator, and treats each project as an opportunity to innovate and empower.

Float Studio casper office
Looking through to one of the common areas in the Manhattan headquarters of mattress start-up Casper, which Float Studio designed this year. Courtesy Aaron Thompson

Float Studio
Adeptly avoiding the clichés of office design for start-ups, Float Studio instead creates spaces that capture each company’s founding essence—all on a tight budget.

Studio Gorm
John and Wonhee Arndt of Eugene, Oregon–based Studio Gorm Courtesy Eric Bishoff

Studio Gorm’s Perfect Balance of Aesthetics and Function
An appreciation of the beauty in an object’s true function drives the work of Studio Gorm.

Lukas Peet
Lukas Peet in his Vancouver studio

Lukas Peet’s Simple Lighting Designs Betray Complexity
With an approach that synthesizes pragmatism and whimsy, Peet’s designs reconsider the particularities of lighting and how it fills a space.

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