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Frame November - December 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
learning, the hard way

I have children of different ages, two at home and two who live independently. Their world has changed dramatically over the past six months, and not exactly for the better. I’m not talking about the fact that their nightlife and social life has largely come to a standstill, let’s leave that aside for the moment. I’m talking purely about education here. Let’s start with the oldest two, one of whom finished her university studies in July. That was after six months of house arrest: she was no longer welcome at the company where she was following an internship to complete her graduation project. So she spent week after week in her student house, on Zoom or staring at the walls, in search of connection and inspiration. If the pandemic has made…

4 min
são paulo

As a journalist and content creator for museums, my job is to explain complicated stuff using understandable words and engaging narratives. When I became a mother of two inquisitive young girls whose minds are driven by relentless binary logic, I tried my best to unfold the world’s complexity to them. Then Covid-19 suddenly wiped out my cute stories and upset the routine I strove to build to prevent tantrums or hitches. If the illusion of having control over our lives was replaced by a global awareness of human transiency, in Brazil things were even more complicated. While most world leaders adopted World Health Organization guidelines to protect the population, president Bolsonaro publicly stated his priority was saving the economy, not human lives. He refused to declare a lockdown, repealed the use…

3 min
bei rut

Two explosions in Beirut’s port on 4 August 2020 destroyed 40 per cent of the city, shaking the core of its cultural heritage and causing substantial damage to its urban and social fabrics. Neighbourhoods directly facing the port, such as Medawar, Rmeil, Gemmayzeh, Achrafieh, Mar Mikhael, Karantina and Geitawi, were particularly impacted. According to preliminary reports, 200,000 housing units were affected; 40,000 buildings were damaged, 3,000 of which were severely struck; and of the 730 historical structures dating back to the 19th century that were harmed, 331 are in disrepair and at risk of collapsing. The Lebanese capital has never seen this amount of destruction, not even during 15 years of civil war. Surreal events that once seemed farfetched have become the reality of a whole nation. The once hybrid urban…

2 min
1 how the pandemic may help rather than hinder co-living

When in June we hosted our FrameLive talk on the ways in which housing might change post-Covid-19, Cutwork cofounder Kelsea Crawford continued to insist that ‘the future is shared’. As the architects behind one of Europe’s preeminent co-living developments, some might have struggled to believe this was more than bias. Surely, at a time when personal space is considered a necessity rather than a luxury, sharing with others by intention is not high on the agenda? In fact, based on the data, it turns out Crawford’s sentiment is fairly popular. A study by Ipsos MORI for developer St. Modwen shows that 35 per cent of Gen Z is now interested in living this way. It’s proving hard to grab a space for those coming of age. As it turns out,…

2 min
2 what the ‘decade of the home’ means for residential design

2020 has forced many of us to consider the concept of ‘home’ more intensely than we have in several generations. As a spatial category, it’s been forced to take on many new roles, some expected – others less so. As a sense of place, it’s seen many look again at what’s available on their doorstep and reinvest, both emotionally and monetarily, in the area in which they live. Consultants Accenture thinks this domestic mindset will echo throughout the 2020s, ushering in what it terms the ‘decade of the home’. The assertion is supported by two international surveys that found that, despite the lifting of many restrictions, 69 per cent of people expect to do most of their socializing over the next six months either in their home, at a friend’s…

3 min
3 why the turn towards fulfilment is overwhelming retail space

In a time of accelerating consumer demands, e-commerce has a logistics problem. Nearly half of shoppers are more likely to buy online if same-day delivery is an option, according to Accenture, while 77 per cent of under 30s make it a key priority. Global supply networks are fairly adept at coping with this need for now, right up to the ‘last mile’ – the point at which your package leaves the mass-transit super highway that leads to national distribution centres and has to navigate the slow and complex B roads that take it that final step to your door. As a result, last-mile delivery is expensive, contributing 41 per cent of total logistics costs, and highly polluting, with the World Economic Forum forecasting that it will result in a 32…