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Frame November - December 2017

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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work in progress

THE BUSINESS heart of Amsterdam is just a stone’s throw from our workplace. Within an area of some 3km2, law offices nudge elbows with banks and multinational headquarters. Without exception, they occupy rather prosaic mid-rise towers whose façades consist mainly of steel and glass. Transparency is obviously a desired asset. You can look straight into these buildings, where more often than not thousands of workstations in hundreds of seemingly identical offices are parked in rows against the glazing. The underlying message couldn’t be clearer: we’ve got nothing to hide, we’re here for you, and what you see is what you get. Nothing could be further from the truth, as we learned from the banking crises of previous years. But that’s another story. No matter how modern such gleaming business hubs may…


With specializations in cultural studies, film and communication studies, CHAHINEZ BENSARI earned a BA from Montreal’s McGill University, where she is currently pursuing an MA in communication studies. Bensari was involved in research at the University of Groningen’s Film Archive and the Moving Image Research Laboratory in Montreal. She gained writing and editing experience while working for Formerly Known As Magazine and interning for Frame. For this issue, she explored how architecture is influencing product design. Swedish photographer MAJA FLINK lives in Copenhagen and works in both Denmark and Sweden. Portraits are her speciality. Among her subjects are professionals in a variety of fields, ranging from fashion and art to politics and science. At present she is working on her second book, which features photographs of families from five Scandinavian countries.…


Design graduates take a PARTICIPATORY APPROACH to bespoke furniture CONSTRUCTION – Custom furniture used to be beyond the budget of the ordinary design enthusiast. Today, myriad possibilities are available on the market: pieces that can be tailored to suit almost anyone’s taste, needs and lifestyle. The shift towards less predefined furniture shows that designing and buying, or vice versa, are no longer disconnected processes. Despite the amalgamation, the buyer’s influence is often limited to the choice of colour and material, and perhaps a selection of add-ons. At this year’s graduation shows, however, flexible furniture collections and systems offered diverse levels of consumer involvement, making both the purchasing experience and the follow-up more playful, dynamic and participatory than ever. – CB PARTICIPATORY DESIGN MUTINA® A new perspective on tiles Puzzle Collection design by Edward Barber & Jay…

jaw dropper

You’ve given us something to chew on . . . CAROLIEN NIEBLING: According to research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information in America: ‘Fourteen days’ gum chewing may improve the levels of anxiety, mood and fatigue.’ However, as well as relieving stress, it’s also a habit that generates a lot of waste. Your solution is slightly unexpected. Seaweed. Yes. I originally looked into articles about seaweeds and jellification while working on a project [The Future Sausage] with Gabriel Serero, a molecular chef who specializes in textures. We are only now discovering the amazing jellifying qualities and textures of seaweeds. Noma chef René Redzepi [Frame 118, p.164] has called seaweed ‘one of the few untapped natural resources we’ve yet to really start eating’. What makes seaweed so great? About 650 varieties of…

virtual recovery

Talk us through your concept. ALLISON CRANK: Like the immaterial forces that cause so much of today’s stress – looming emails, social pressures, et cetera – my design is largely intangible: a hypnotherapeutic dream world in which you’re guided to focus on finding balance and whose virtual-reality component is affected by your physiological senses. What does the guide do – and who is it? None other than Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire cat. He guides your hypnotic state – ‘you are getting very sleepy’ – by instructing you to concentrate on your breathing in an attempt to relax both body and mind. But the beauty of working with virtual elements lies in the opportunity to transform and customize the world you inhabit. For some, the therapist could be a Cheshire cat, while…

judgment call

You want to eliminate smartphone stress? AMELIE GOLDFUSS: We have almost become one with our smartphones and other devices that keep us online, informed and busy. Today’s devices and apps are engineered to gain and keep our attention. It’s really hard to stop scrolling through semi-interesting, often irrelevant content, and the result is more time devoted to our handhelds than we intend. What is your solution? The cphone – a cyborg that can be compared to a combination of your iPhone and your hamster. How would we use the device? Just like you use a smartphone, but there’s a difference. Normal phones are designed to serve you. But the more you use the cphone, the more fed up it becomes. As you constantly scroll through Twitter or share every meal on Instagram,…