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.
ALL ACCESS WELLNESS
HONG KONG • Yoko Choy looks at Hong Kong’s image: how can the city regain clarity for its future?
DUB LIN • Orla Hennessy examines the so-described ‘hugely successful regeneration of Dublin Docklands’ and asks: Regeneration for whom?
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1 What gaming is teaching fashion about how to exist online
2 How the ‘halo effect’ is quickly becoming one of retail design’s key parameters
3 Why smart(er) buildings will need more communicative interiors
4 How parcel lockers could help us shop more conscientiously
Introducing • DAGMAR ŠTĚPÁNOVÁ, founder of architecture practice Formafatal, talks about the climate-related pros and cons of building in humid Costa Rica, the importance of architectural preservation in the Czech Republic, and the impact of Covid-19 on the design of private residences.
Influencer • FREDRIK HELLBERG and LARA LESMES, cofounders of Space Popular, discuss how to create virtual immersion with or without headsets, the challenges of navigating the undefined ethics of digital terrains, and why mimicry is a tool, not a sin.
What I’ve Learned • Editor, writer, researcher and thinker JEREMY MYERSON explains why inclusivity and sustainability are two arrows heading towards each other, how to fix the lack of diversity in the interior design industry and what the future of work entails.
The Client • XIN LIN, spatial design director at innovative smart device company OPPO, explains why it’s important for retailers to blur the boundaries between public space and commerce, how to combine a global outlook with local sensitivity, and what advocating people-centric principles entails inside stores.
RECAST RELICS • In each issue we identify a key aesthetic trend evident in our archive of recent projects and challenge semiotics agency Axis Mundi to unpack its design codes. Here, we look at how neoclassical references in retail spaces and design connote stability and endurance in a time of uncertainty.
WELLNESS, NOT WEED • It’s found its way into everything from chocolate and cosmetics to pillows and activewear. The purported wonder panacea for a multitude of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and depression. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis (marijuana or hemp) plant. And the stores dedicated to selling it want to steer clear of the stoner stereotypes associated with its source.
DESTINATION CREATION • Bolstered by the unprecedented pandemic, tourists and locals are looking to suburban areas as viable alternatives to densely populated metropolises. There’s potential for smaller, once desolated cities to become destinations away from the crowds. We look at the design of a hotel in Maebashi, a city within two hours’ drive of Tokyo, where internationally renowned creatives – Sou Fujimoto, Michele de Lucchi and Jasper Morrison, to name a few – joined forces with locals to usher in a renaissance.
A COMFORTABLE INVESTMENT • With the advent of digital banking, there’s been less and less need for customers to trek down to their local branch. That’s something most will be glad about, not just to save the trip, but because of what they usually found when they got there: strip lighting, linoleum and an endless maze of retractable safety barriers. As most...