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Frame January - February 2021

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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in this issue

2 min
reworking the workspace

In May, Twitter boss Jack Dorsey told his employees that, as far as he was concerned, many of them would never have to come into the office again. Kindred spirits at Google and Facebook were a little less extreme, but expected that their staff would be working from home for at least a year, until spring 2021. But that’s the world of Big Tech, made up in particular of young digital natives, who might as well open their laptops at home to Zoom and tap out code. It’s logical that they’re not expected back at the office right away. But what about lawyers, administrators in banking and insurance, civil servants – in short, the service sector? You’d think they’d be more traditional and attach more importance to the corporate solidity…

4 min
washington dc

The streets of Washington, DC feature every architectural style imaginable in conditions on a spectrum from handsomely appointed to quaintly bedraggled to completely gutted. Residents and visitors alike are inspired by the federal buildings and national monuments that occupy L’Enfant and Banneker’s robust plan. Others are delighted by the consular buildings and ambassadors’ residences. Rock Creek Park is a great lung of deciduous trees enjoyed by millions of people every year, and yet feels mercifully empty most days when you need to escape the thrum. Our most famous trees, cherry blossoms numbering in the thousands, attract just as many visitors during three glorious weeks in the spring and provide the backdrop for innumerable photographs. Our population growth rate seems to be slowing somewhat, but more than 100,000 people have moved here…

3 min

For the last couple of decades, Berlin has been internationally hailed as Europe’s creative capital, elected by a young generation of creatives from around the globe as a unique artistic haven and libertine playground: cosmopolitan, open-minded, edgy and affordable. Architects and city planners the world over have observed with equal fascination and bewilderment how this notoriously bankrupt city has attracted artistic types to the city, and developed seemingly by itself from the bottom up, with its ‘poor yet sexy’ appeal. Despite its outstanding international reputation as a truly open city, recent years have seen Berlin experience a serious identity crisis whose outcome will very likely determine its future. The city’s surprisingly low rents compared with other European capitals and its abundance of unclaimed urban space have helped draw artists and other…

3 min
1 how the pandemic helped interior designers change course

There’s been no shortage of surveys tracking how the business community is coping with the state of work disruption published over the last year. Mostly, however, these have looked broadly across knowledge-based industries, focusing on roles that require little more than a laptop and Wi-Fi access to function. That’s rarely the case for those working in spatial design, which is why the newly published results from the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) ‘Interior Design Resiliency Report’ make for interesting reading. What the report reveals is an industry that has rarely felt more relevant, nor more aware of where it can improve. ASID members painted a picture of an industry that felt it was being increasingly ‘sought for our expertise in design focused on health, safety and well-being’ during the pandemic.…

3 min
2 how hotels can become the centre of their communities

In a #FrameLive talk we hosted last year, Rob Wagemans, founder of Concrete Architectural Associates, relayed that many of his clients had started to think about how to cater to local communities rather than overseas visitors: ‘These businesses will become much more embedded in their immediate context – the consideration of how hotels can serve locals, beyond food and drink, will change hospitality going forward.’ Alon Baranowitz, cofounder of design studio Baranowitz + Kronenberg, agreed that ‘we need to go beyond hospitality’. He argued that hotels have to start thinking of themselves as part of an ‘ecosystem that works with the community’, suggesting that ‘any space in a hotel could become a space for the city’. Newly published research by Booking.com covering over 28 major markets shows that these assertions still…

3 min
3 what it takes to build a net-zero interior

Concerns that the Covid-19 crisis might divert attention away from the climate emergency have thankfully proven wide of the mark. A global study by Accenture shows that 67 per cent of consumers believe that companies can ‘build back better’ if they invest in longer-term, sustainable and fair solutions. The use of ‘build’ here is serendipitous, particularly if you’re British architecture practice Perkins + Will. The team has just published a pledge to offer commercial clients net-zero embodied carbon interior fitouts by the end of the decade, an aspect of many brands’ environmental burden that the architects think business leaders too often overlook. ‘If a company wants to be carbon neutral in ten years’ time, they’re going to have to recognize that their real estate portfolio is a massive part of their…