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Frame May - June 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
crisis breeds creativity

When we started work on this issue of Frame, the coronavirus was wreaking havoc in Southeast Asia, but seemed like distant thunder in the rest of the world. But by the time we went to print, the entire globe had been severely impacted. We are witnessing the closing of retail stores, bars, restaurants and museums. Music and sports events are being cancelled and offices are shutting down. In an attempt to slow down the outbreak of Covid-19, an increasing number of countries are now in lockdown mode. In our industry, this means that the majority of the design brands have closed their factories, design events destined to be held in the spring of 2020 have been cancelled, and the Milan, Clerkenwell and New York design weeks, as well as festivals in…

4 min

The legacy of the 2009 economic crisis continues to play a significant role in shaping the built environment of Athens. Although the state has taken a back seat in the planning and form of the city for much of its modern history, the crisis exacerbated its absence. Over the last decade, large-scale projects for public use in Athens have tended to arise from philanthropic sources – such as the Onassis or Stavros Niarchos Foundations – with the jobs falling to international architects: Paris-based Architecture-Studio and Renzo Piano, respectively. For smaller local practices, private apartment renovations are the predominant source of new work. The city’s sprawling landscape of mid-20th-century apartment buildings (known as polykatoikia) are a rich resource of housing stock well-suited to modern adaptation and reinvention. And young practices such…

4 min

Mount John Observatory is a medium-sized astronomical research centre in a dark-sky preserve on New Zealand’s South Island. It is perched on a 1,030-m-high mount that overlooks the vast valley of Lake Tekapo, with a picturesque stone church at its edge and the perfectly chiselled backdrop of serrated, regularly snow-peaked alps. Inside the observatory, a starry film is often projected not onto a planetarium dome or a white wall-hung screen, but onto the floor of one of its rooms. According to its interior and brand designers, Thoughtfull Design, the surface choice originates from the fact that star-gazers and astronomers from local pre-European Māori tribes used to observe the celestial bodies in a similar manner: instead of looking directly at the sky, they would study the reflections visible in the jade-tinted…

3 min
1 how e-commerce returns are reshaping the physical store

On UPS’s calendar, 2 January is a key day. It’s the day on which consumers make the most returns to e-tailers after the holidays. And to give some insight into just how significant a burden those returns are placing on brands – both those who sell the products and those who manage the infrastructure involved in getting them to your home and back – 2020’s ‘returns day’ was forecast to see a 26 per cent year-on-year increase in packages. The key to the rise of e-commerce is increased convenience in almost every aspect of the purchasing process. The challenge lies in the crucial final step: delivery. This so called ‘last mile’ problem, where goods travel from the distribution centre to individual addresses, is the point at which all logistical efficiencies break…

3 min
2 why the future of co-working is suburban

Thus far the co-working industry has largely been focused on large-format office developments in major cities. London and New York alone account for 22 per cent of the global co-working stock by square footage according to research by Cushman & Wakefield. But, as the company also points out, despite the attention it receives, this kind of flexible workspace still currently makes up only 1 per cent of global office stock. How and where it will grow (and all indicators are that it will) is the next question. A new report by Regus argues that the answer should be suburbia. With major employers – those most likely to have HQs based in tier-one cities – increasingly adopting flexible working practises, the creation of satellite co-working spaces to serve this new OOO workforce…

3 min
3 is the construction industry set to embrace mass timber?

The French government is poised to pass a law that stipulates that new public buildings will have to be built from 50 per cent biobased materials from 2022. It’s a timely shot in the arm for evangelists of mass timber construction (otherwise known as cross-laminated timber or CLT). Many have been frustrated by the slow uptake of such materials, despite their ability to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry, producer of upwards of 40 per cent of global carbon emissions according to some estimates. Timber construction does double duty in the battle against global heating, not only replacing carbon-intensive materials like steel and concrete, but also acting as a carbon sink. The newly proposed legislation builds on commitments already in place for the development of Paris’s 2024 Olympic…