ZINIO logo

Frame September - October 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.

Frame Publishers
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
shop and stay

What’s the purpose of brick-and-mortar stores? The past year has made it clearer than ever that we don’t need to visit a store to buy things. We can shop at home, on the road and in the office. So why go to a store at all? For services that we can’t get at home, like advice, the opportunity to try on clothes or to have things repaired. But what role will stores play in a society that, according to researchers, is less and less about buying products and more and more about spending money on experiences? The simple answer: stores will have to offer experiences. Experiential retail is a term that’s been batted about for years. But the question is still what type of experience is relevant for retailers. First of…

4 min

Venetians chatting about the sightings of dolphins in the Canal Grande during lockdown, kids playing in the campi, and a boat always coming along when the football splashes down into the water. The pandemic has rid La Serenissima of mass tourism, and I glimpse the renaissance of another city on the eve of the Biennale’s opening. There’s undoubtedly a special reason to stage the Biennale of Architecture here. Not as an alibi for the cacophonous traffic, pollution, segregation, sprawl and hectic consumerism in other world cities, but as a model for a future that has advanced past the industrial age and embraced shared experiences and the creating of community. Isn’t the true aspiration of architects to go beyond the trite, mundane, repetitive building of a status quo and create mirages full…

4 min

‘Old houses were scaffolding once and workmen whistling.’ When T.E. Hulme wrote this almost a century ago, he couldn’t have imagined a world plagued by a deadly virus leading to a mass exodus of those whistling workmen from their shanty dwellings in the city to their seasonally abandoned rural homes. The scaffoldings stood tirelessly under the brunt of city heat, red tiles glinting in a dusty corner, as the country went into its first lockdown. The face of the Indian construction industry, which was already struggling with poor management and a lack of tracking of its labour force, lost its central rein completely as Covid-19 spread across the nation in April 2020 (echoing T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, ‘April is the cruelest month’), bringing the industry to a major halt. Covid…

2 min
1 how three tech giants are planning their office comebacks

At the start of the pandemic, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told staff that roughly half of them could expect to be working at home permanently over the next five to ten years. He told The Verge: ‘We’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale.’ He’s starting by opening up more roles to remote workers, with the idea of attracting a wider workforce that doesn’t have to base itself in pricey San Francisco or endure a long daily commute. On the collaboration front, he’s putting his faith in digital platforms that allow for ‘unstructured time’ – like Rooms, Facebook’s answer to Zoom, and hangouts that take place in virtual reality. Office life won’t be shunned completely though. Tech culture thrives on in-person collaboration, so physical…

4 min
2 why china’s domestic rebound will predict the next era of hotel design

As the greatest engine of political, social and economic development the world has ever seen, China holds a certain amount of weight when it comes to setting agendas. There are few sectors in which this has been more visible than hotels, wherein unprecedented market growth in the early 2000s and expansion through the 2010s was tied to a fundamental shift in the way hospitality design at large was considered. As Kohn Pedersen Fox principal Forth Bagley told me in an interview last year following the launch of Rosewood Hong Kong: ‘The work we did with The Mandarin Oriental at the start of the millennium was an attempt not just to separate hotel from house, but to elevate the hotel into an experience you could never imagine having at home.’ The proliferation…

3 min
3 how the rise of food delivery apps is changing hotel f&b design

A report by HGEM found that two thirds of hotel guests have used Deliveroo, JustEat, Grub-Hub et al. to order food directly to their room, with 71 per cent of guests aged 26 to 35 opting for delivery apps over in-house restaurants. The trend of ordering in to hotels is subsequently predicted to surge by 83 per cent in the coming years, with the wider delivery market’s revenue expected to increase to $97 billion by 2024, following a year of record growth. The popularity of the delivery model had been rising throughout the 2010s, but like most trends prior to the hyper-accelerator of Covid-19, its pace and dominance has rapidly built to a level of considerable influence and anxiety for the old guard of hospitality conventions. ‘This is a fascinating topic…