Frame November - December 2018

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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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how to make livable cities

UNTIL RECENTLY I was looking for a new home for my family. I’ve experienced first-hand the extreme buoyancy of the housing market in Amsterdam. Practically every month the price per square metre goes up a notch. If you put up your home for sale, within a week you’ll have hundreds of interested parties lining up to view the property. The asking price is just a starting point, outbidding standard fare. Amsterdam isn’t on its own. Despite their enormous appeal, world cities such as London, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong can no longer meet the demand for housing. As a result, prices rise, too many homes become vacant investment objects, and the situation deteriorates rather than improves. How can large cities break out of this vicious circle? More and more architects are addressing…

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‘When I arrived for my shoot with Rachel Whiteread at the NGA, her exhibition was in the process of being installed. It felt surreal to be able to move around the space freely, with freshly unboxed works scattered around. And Rachel, of course, was an absolutely wonderful subject.’JUSTIN TYLER GELLERSON A recent graduate of the DAE in Eindhoven, where she followed the Master’s Programme Design Curating and Writing, Vancouverite KIRSTEN GEEKIE now lives and works in Amsterdam. Research carried out while she was a student at the DAE targeted the ways in which design influences urban areas and impacts a city’s social health. On page 118, Geekie discusses the resurrection of disco-inspired spatial design. American photographer MATT HAAS, who has offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, doesn’t like to be tied to one…

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the latest horticultural technology is aimed at plants for indoor spaces

LIGHTING – The trend towards cultivating indoor plants is ever growing, as more and more people live in urban environments yet wish to be surrounded by nature and greenery. Millennials’ homes are decked out with potted plants, while companies add more verdure to workspaces for both decorative and psychological reasons. The burgeoning interest in wellness and green living provides opportunities for collaborations involving designers, commercial brands, scientists and engineers. An increasing number of them are developing products that revolve around plant life and solar energy. Examples are Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel’s solar-panelled Current Table, MIT’s plant lamp embedded with firefly enzymes, and Dutch designer Ermi van Oers’ off-grid lamp powered by photosynthesis. Major design companies are creating hi-tech products not just for commercial spaces but also for the consumer…

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what rapid manufacturing means for the future of on-demand design

MANUFACTURING – A growing revolution in robotics is enabling brands to adopt automated manufacturing systems that proved difficult to implement in the past. Now that artificial intelligence and enhanced robotics are able to handle soft, malleable fabrics, our understanding of product design is being revolutionized. The latest systems go beyond industrial mass production to include rapid manufacturing. Today, a single pair of trainers can take up to 18 months to go from concept to end product, according to executive search firm Boyden. When we stop to consider that more and more consumers expect tailoring options and prompt delivery, we realize how important it is for brands that want to stand out to provide a fast service that enables shoppers to personalize their garments. Advances in speed and personalization are evident at the…

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corridor society encourages social interaction in shared domestic housing

FURNITURE – A growing number of young professionals no longer believes in the feasibility or desirability of a private-property ownership model. The shared living space is being reconsidered and reinterpreted through the development of community-driven housing projects in cities across the world. Although ascending house prices and the demand for flexibility play important roles in the emergence of such complexes, the social aspect is gaining ground as well. The humble lounge, however, is but a distant dream for many who occupy shared housing. The lack of a communal living area prompted London-based Turkish designer Seray Ozdemir to create a collection of furniture that optimizes one of the least utilized spaces in any building: the corridor. Ozdemir’s Corridor Society – a collection and a company – is meant to encourage social interaction…

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can plastic rise to the rank of luxury material? three designers think so

MATERIAL – Plastic. It’s used in almost every way, shape and form, but very rarely in a product worth treasuring. To highlight the potentialities of three new materials, ‘plastic specialist’ Pyrasied commissioned three Netherlands-based designers to develop a functional yet aesthetically appealing object that incorporates at least one of its latest launches. Studio Koen Steger and Mo Man Tai were both drawn to Versato Myst for its ability to absorb and diffuse light. The acrylic product made its first big splash in the hands of another Dutch studio, Noman, which sliced and diced the range’s pastel-toned sheets into pop-up displays for Esprit x Opening Ceremony (Frame 117, p. 114). Steger chose to amplify Versato Myst’s light-manipulation qualities – and to explore his fascination with industrial tube lighting – by using the…