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Frame March - April 2019

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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2 min.
learn, not loan

I MUST CONFESS that I haven’t been in a library for years. I do make use of Uber and occasionally Airbnb – evidence of my gradual participation in the sharing economy. When I want to read a book, however, I don't borrow it, I buy it. What’s more, libraries are usually humdrum and unexciting. Parents with children whisper their way through the stacks. Students hunch over laptops. Shelf after shelf full of books. No, libraries do not inspire me. But when we started making this issue’s Frame Lab, I realized that a silent revolution had nearly passed me by. A quick flip to page 131 will show you what I mean. Our section on libraries has very little to do with shelves filled with books. Not that today’s library isn’t a…

1 min.

RIYA PATEL is curator of London’s Aram Gallery, an independent venue dedicated to new and experimental design. Since earning her master’s degree in architecture and beginning her journalism career at the Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review, she has been an editor at Frame, as well as a senior editor at Icon, for which she now serves as a contributing editor. Patel writes for publications such as Disegno, Wallpaper* and The Independent. On page 152, she reviews the evolving role of the shelf. The work of Finnish photographer TUOMAS UUSHEIMO captures the unspoken stories of architecture, built environments, interiors and objects. His images have been featured in international publications such as The New York Times, Monocle and Architectural Digest. He teaches architectural photography at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine…

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push, pull, twist: frolic studio educates dumb objects

TECHNOLOGY – If this is the era of the smart object, the fact remains that most things are resolutely dumb. But should a century’s worth of devices be forced to wear a dunce cap merely because you can’t operate them from your phone while driving home or taking a bath? The committed design enthusiast who is nonetheless keen to embrace the convenience of IoT technology is faced with an irresolvable dilemma. Do you throw out that Michael Graves kettle and Richard Sapper lamp in favour of modern equivalents that are most likely inferior in every way other than their facility for remote control? Not if you’re Frolic Studio, whose prototypal Smartians kit uses a range of web-connected servos to push, twist and pull the buttons and dials on all sorts…

2 min.
studio robert stadler redesigns an icon of parisian bistro culture

OUTDOOR – In the early hours of the morning, after the cafés in Paris have closed and the streets are quiet, strollers have a rare chance to get a glimpse of the inner workings of the French capital. You can smell – but not see – baguettes à l’ancienne baking in boulangeries as you make your way along the tranquil Seine, uninterrupted until the book vendors open their stalls. The nocturnal tour reveals another icon of Paris asleep: the city’s infamous bistro chairs, stacked high in the corners of every darkened restaurant, awaiting the show that sunrise brings. Introduced in 1885 by French company Maison Drucker, the rattan chair outlived la belle époque, but bistro culture currently begs an update. Last year France’s National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies reported that…

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stefan diez wins followers with his take on maximalism-light

STORAGE – You didn’t have to visit this year’s IMM Cologne to make an assessment of who stole the show – from looking at attendees' social feeds, Stefan Diez’s RGB modular bathroom storage system for German manufacturer Burgbad might have been the only thing on display. It didn’t come as a surprise to us. Over the last eight months or so, every project we’ve published that plays with the idea of translucence has drawn a large audience. The reasons for this are manifold. Such work plays particularly well in a digital » context, of course, making both video and still images more dynamic. It’s also an easy way to communicate the quality of material using immaterial means: the intensity of light filtered through such objects can accurately transmit the craftsmanship…

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project alias wants you to be able to speak freely

TECHNOLOGY – It is arguable that today, more than ever, we need to watch what we say. The reason? Not state-sponsored surveillance but convenience capitalism. Many of us have eagerly installed AI-enabled listening devices from the likes of Amazon, Apple and Google into our homes, trading diffuse (and largely unconsidered) invasions of privacy for the seamlessness of voice-user interfaces. The speed of uptake is unprecedented. According to market-research company eMarketer, 9.5 million UK residents used such ‘smart speakers’ in 2018, a staggering growth rate of 98.6 per cent over the preceding year. These figures are mirrored across the majority of Western countries. Although the most these devices usually do is give you a weather update or allow you to reorder washing tablets hands-free, several instances have proved more nefarious, such as…