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Frame September - October 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
inverting the city

What will urban life look like post-pandemic? After decades of migration from the countryside to city centres, the concept of living in a city seems to have lost its shine. Millions of people have spent months in lockdown in their expensive, often small apartments. Numerous facilities, including workplaces, theatres, restaurants and sports centres, have become no-go areas. Outdoor facilities? Nature? Too little, too unattractive. After years of planning and talking, mayors all over the world have had to take real action to make their cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. Paris has laid down 50 km of bicycle paths in the past few months. Cities such as New York, Berlin, Denver and Philadelphia have marked off cycling zones on their roads, temporary or otherwise. These are the first steps towards…

4 min

From a starring role in the Hollywood flick Crazy Rich Asians to the backdrop of the science-fiction television series Westworld, Singapore has in recent times become a city for all sorts of fantastical projections. It is easy to see why. Skyscrapers such as the Parkroyal Collection Pickering hotel and the Marina One mixed-use complex are wrapped in lush greenery reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. There are also the neo-futuristic domes of the Gardens by the Bay and the swooping Marina Bay Sands next door. Singapore is a playground for architects from around the world to imagine the buildings of tomorrow. But the glitzy architecture in the city centre distracts from another reality. On the edges of Singapore, some 400,000 migrant workers live in starkly different conditions to the fancy…

4 min

Emmanuel Oni is a first-generation Nigerian-American and Houstonian living in New York City. He is a spatial justice designer interested in using design as a catalyst for social change and is a Design Fellow at New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School for Design. Dear colleagues, For me, architecture is not about what I am making but who I am making it for. I recall graduating from architecture school and being asked multiple times why I chose to focus on community-based initiatives. A design career grounded in social justice does not align with the typical architectural trajectory. This alternative path, however, was actually a simple decision – especially since the conventional architecture path already trails tremendously in work-life balance and compensation. There are…

3 min
1 what does sidewalk labs’ setback mean for the smart city?

Once destined to be the most extensive application of the smart-city principal yet seen, at the start of May Sidewalk Lab abruptly walked away from its project to transform a stretch of Toronto’s waterfront. A subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Sidewalk Labs was uniquely positioned in terms of both financial and intellectual resources to realize such an ambitious plan, one that involved the creation of a new neighbourhood ‘built from the internet up’ and that the organization described as ‘a testbed for emerging technologies, materials, and processes’. What that would have meant in real terms ranged from heated sidewalks to automated garbage collection, all mastered by an array of sensors that could monitor the movement of people and inform long-term urban planning. Having dominated the discussion about how future cities might be built…

2 min
2 how livestreaming will impact the design of luxury retail spaces

New post-Covid safety protocols will prove challenging to implement irrespective of retail sector, but for those operating at the luxury end of the market, any hope of maintaining even a semblance of the in-store customer journey seems impossible. That’s why many high-end fashion brands and department stores aren’t even trying. Instead they’re making use of their properties in a different way, one that only requires the staff, not the customer, to be onsite. Call it personal shopping for the Zoom generation. In Paris, Galeries Lafayette will connect you via video chat to advisors from leading brand concessions such as Prada, Off-White, Kenzo and Hermès, while those who want to explore more broadly can book in a tour with an in-house personal shopper. At London’s Selfridges, a similar service was made…

2 min
3 why the car may soon become a key consumer channel

While the pandemic has certainly accelerated the shift towards ‘active mobility’ – read walking and cycling – among certain demographics, it’s not quite as disastrous a picture for car brands as you might think. For every urban driver that swaps four wheels for two, others, most likely living in ex-urban and rural locations, could be spending even more time in their car. They just won’t necessarily spend all that time driving. Two recent reports paint the picture. The first is from UK car marketplace Auto Trader, which found that fears of travelling on public transport mean that 56 per cent of UK driving licence holders who don’t currently own a vehicle were considering purchasing one ‘post lockdown’. Just over half thought that car ownership would take on greater importance in the…