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Frame May - June 2015

Frame is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the design of interiors and products. It offers a stunning, global selection of shops, hospitality venues, workplaces, exhibitions and residences on more than 224 pages. Well-written articles accompanied by a wealth of high-quality photographs, sketches and drawings make the magazine an indispensable source of inspiration for designers as well as for all those involved in other creative disciplines.

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tangible versus tech

You’ve called yourself a ‘materials freak’ (Frame102, p. 071). What kinds of materials did you choose for the cover? STÉPHANIE BAECHLER: I had just started a residency at the Centre for Experimentation and Realisation in Contemporary Ceramics in Geneva, and I wanted to use ceramics and body parts, which I was working with there. I incorporated LEDs and technological fabrics into the design to enhance and illustrate the ‘physical versus digital’ aspect. I collected many high-tech materials and fabrics, particularly iridescent ones, as I am attracted to the effect they have. I bought LED shoelaces, earrings and bracelets from a crazy website called Blinkyman and used all of them at the photo shoot. Did your new surroundings influence your work? Conceptually no, but practically yes. In Switzerland, technological fabrics were accessible from my…

phygital fantasies

‘Tech takes over’ – you saw it on the cover. A three-word reference to so-called ‘phygital shopping’ or ‘total retail’: a mix of the best that physical and digital stores have to offer. We believein it. Wewantit. But is it really happening? Not in today’s archaic retail landscape. In most cases, the use of digital technology in brick-and-mortar stores is limited to PR stunts and gimmicks: think staff armed with iPads used to check stock online. Looks cuttingedge cool but doesn’t make our shopping experience intrinsically better. Do we really go into that niche boutique in Dalston – drawn by an attractive product assortment – hoping to find a salesgirl eager to make a personalclient profile that’s guaranteed to facilitate and improve our next visit? Do we really want to make an…


‘It was a challenge but a great opportunity. I researched the subject and quite quickly decided to combine my ceramics with high-tech fabrics and materials’ Born in Switzerland in 1983, textile designer Stéphanie Baechler studied at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She worked for Swiss textile company Jakob Schlaepfer before attending ArtEZ, where she earned a master’s degree in fashion in 2013. After a stint at Hussein Chalayan’s studio in London, she began designing and making ceramic objects. Baechler’s cover for this issue embodies Frame Lab’s digital-versus-physical theme. Yves Béhar seems to be one of the most frequently photographed people in San Francisco – this was my fourth time!’ Photographer Mark Mahaney recently moved from Brooklyn to the San Francisco area with wife Jess and daughter Veda in search of…


NATURAL INSTINCT Pinar&Viola has merged its graphic savoir-faire with the expertise of Seranit, a brand of Turkish Ceramics, and the outcome is Future Mountains, a sophisticated collection of digitally enhanced tiles that promises to pave the way to tomorrow. The collection features ten stone tiles and a special-edition tile in Marmara marble, a contemporary tribute to 16th-century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. With an appreciation of the past and an eye to the future, the collaboration infuses the spirit of traditional tiles with the aesthetic of a digital age. pinar-viola.com seranit.com.tr what’s bubbling on the fringes of the great indoors…

all clear

THE FINAL EDIT Although most design companies keep their wares under wraps in anticipation of the big fairs in Paris and Milan, we spotted some surprising novelties at IMM, the annual interiors show in Cologne, Germany. Glass was again omnipresent, but iridescence, decisive for the 2014 aesthetic, has given way to uniform-hued transparency. The glass base of Sebastian Herkner’s successful Bell Table for Classicon is now available in Montana Blue and Quartz Grey 1 . The geometric CNC-cut panels of Sebastian Scherer’s Isom tables for Neo/Craft 2 – winner of an Interior Innovation Award 2015 – have undergone a surface treatment. Models included in the Frosted Edition of Isom feature obscure glass, but the shapes of the tables remain the same: a combination of hexagonal tops and rectangles that resemble isometric…

magic mushrooms

TASTY BITS What happens when two designers take over the laboratories of a bioremediation research centre? Evidently, you get FU. The offspring of a recent union between Utrecht University and Austrian design outfit Livin Studio, FU is an edible fungal biomass pod grown from agar and toxic waste; the product’s complicated description is a good match for its alien appearance. Using droplets of diluted mycelium cultures, the team’s Fungi Mutarium incubator cultivates fungi above a compartment made from UV-treated plastic, transforming discarded waste material into food for the future. livinstudio.com “Designers are either merchants or pastors. Merchants want to make money. Pastors protect ethics. I am a pastor” HELLA JONGERIUS at Design Indaba 2015 Get a taste of FU with the Frame app…