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Frame March - April 2020

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.

Frame Publishers
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
unchained gallery

Museums preserve the past. I realized that as a child, when my parents took me to the Natural History Museum in my hometown of Maastricht. The bones of local dinosaur varieties, primitive flint tools and long lost plant species were all displayed in glass cabinets. Yawn. Although I found visiting our local contemporary art accommodation, the Bonnefanten Museum, much more engrossing, I unfortunately also found it daunting. The fact that I hardly met any other visitors in either museum therefore did not strike me as odd. Several decades later my outlook on museums has changed completely. In the Netherlands, museum visit numbers have been increasing by double digit percentages year after year. This can be attributed partly to the streams of tourists that mainly visit the big cities. But the Dutch…

4 min

I often wonder why Indonesia isn’t leading the way in sustainable design. I think about this as I wear a face mask to protect myself from the thick black smoke spewing out of scooters, cars and buses, as I pass a load of rubbish dumped into the island’s irrigative waterways, or when I pick up takeaway food contained in plastic packaging. Bali – and the extensive archipelago it belongs to – is rife with opportunities for improving tomorrow, both for its own residents and the global population. But in an era of vocational nomads, serious design professionals seem to be overlooking the chance to leave their desks behind for a first-hand lesson in what are all too mistakenly shrugged off as third-world concerns. There are plenty of ecoactivists to be found…

4 min
tel aviv

Like many cities, Tel Aviv is captive to its historical legacy. In 2003, UNESCO declared a part of the inner city, the White City, as a Unique World Heritage Site of the Modern Movement for its unparalleled concentration of International Style buildings. Curved balconies, raised pilotis and a lack of ornament characterized this construction style, which was very much style-less. Functionalist and optimistic, it brought to the Mediterranean a dose of European idealism. Imported to Palestine by immigrants who fled Nazi Germany in 1933 (many of them from the Bauhaus school in Dessau, which closed that year), the so-called White City was built, literally, with means salvaged from Germany: not currency, but actual construction materials such as tiles and brick, transported to Palestine as part of a vast property exchange…

3 min
1 why branded residential developments could transform mass-market housing

The public witnessed the premiere of MINI Living’s first permanent development at the end of November 2019, an event that heralds an era of ‘household brands’ truly living up to that title. MINI’s live/work/play space in Shanghai will open fully in April 2020. Situated in the city’s Jing’an district, the project occupies 7,600 m2 of a former paint factory. Designed in partnership with Universal Design Studio, the programme stretches across five buildings, comprising 45 apartments, as well as a restaurant, shops, urban farm, a co-working space and cultural centre. There will of course be an attendant fleet of MINIs. If Shanghai proves a success, the car maker plans to open many more such compounds around the world. The idea of consumer brands creating their own residential developments is not new, but it…

4 min
2 how to make internships mutually beneficial

The appointment last summer of Junya Ishigami to create the Serpentine Pavilion in London sparked a global conversation about internships in design, after the Japanese architect was revealed to be using unpaid workers. While some, including architect Sou Fujimoto and designer Karim Rashid, defended the practice, others condemned it: in December, Cameron Sinclair – the founder of charitable organization Architecture for Humanity – said unpaid internships were exploitative and created a favourable environment for wealthy graduates. Since then, Chilean firm Elemental is among those that have stopped taking on unpaid interns, hinting at the potential for change across the sector. But exploitation is about more than just pay: in an industry known for long hours, interns are often overworked, with little supervision and few benefits. With mental health and wellbeing increasingly…

3 min
3 will auto retail need to evolve in an age of online sales?

The car dealership typology as we know it is an endangered species. KPMG’s Global Automotive Executive Survey 2019 found that almost half of the industry’s leaders believe that between 30 to 50 per cent of car dealerships will be closed by 2030. The report sites factors such as the shift from physical retail stores to digital channels, the rise of ride hailing and a decrease in interest in car ownership among younger consumers in mature markets. This decline in brick-and-mortar automotive stores isn’t terminal, however; as the authors outline, the challenges now are ‘how to reinvent, reimagine and eventually rebuild and reorganize existing structures and how to identify new revenue streams for retailers’. For KMPG, any successful new strategy necessarily includes ‘small customer touchpoints, where a seamless brand experience and brand path…