Frame #119

Frame magazine is the world’s leading interior-design publication. The bimonthly magazine is filled with inspiring projects and stunning photography from all sectors of the international interiors industry. Since 1997, Frame has remained faithful to its vision: putting interior design on the map as a creative profession that’s on a par with product design and architecture.

Welcome to the responsive workplace. This issue of Frame explores how offices that adapt to their digitally empowered personnel are sparking a revolution.

Architecture strengthens product design. Solar energy attracts new applications. Furniture relies on its user. The market stall gets an update. Customization becomes co-creation. Discover new directions in the world of products.

The Challenge: Design to De-stress 
In the lead-up to each issue, Frame challenges emerging designers to answer a topical question with a future-forward concept. The pressures of today’s fast-paced, performance-orientated world have made burnouts and insomnia rising concerns among (mainly) working professionals of an increasingly younger age. Alarmed by the growth of these and other stress-related conditions, we commissioned five makers to conceptualize a product, space or service intended to reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing.

Kengo Kuma nurtures mutual trust. Space Copenhagen makes waves beyond its namesake city. Migliore+Servetto lives and breathes Milanese design. Meet the people; get their perspectives. 

Thomas Heatherwick carves out a ‘chapel’ in Cape Town. Muti Randolph connects physical and virtual retail. Centre Pompidou puts play on the agenda. Step inside the great indoors. 

Work Lab 
Workin’ nine to five, not a way to make a livin’: these could easily be the lyrics to a theme song for today’s nomadic workers. As the very concept of the office comes into question, employers are starting to shed the one-fits-all approach in favour of individualized, human-centric spaces that respond and adapt.

Reports: Office Furniture
Okamura activates sitting. Herman Miller empowers employees. Space10 and Schemata Architects behave responsibly. Offecct goes informal. Andreu World adapts. Discover what’s driving the business of design.+