Frame #127

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.

The March/April issue of Frame magazine explores how the modern library is adopting a role that goes beyond books, and is transforming into both a hub for the community and a spot for personal development in its broadest sense – cognitive, social and cultural. The architects behind Johnson Favaro explain how – inspired by the culture of invention prevailing in Silicon Valley – the university library aspires to be a place where knowledge is not just curated but created. The New York Public Library elevates their digital offer to promote the page in the age of screen-first media. And through four projects, OMA shows the survival of the book following the complete digitization of life, and the potential for public space to act as a platform for civic gathering and intellectual exchange.

Libraries Lab -The bricks-and-mortar library: does it have a place in contemporary life? If your answer is no, you’ll be surprised to find yourself in the minority. Many people still value libraries, and statistics show that the younger they are the more frequent their visits, so it’s reassuring to see a surge in innovative library concepts reaching completion in recent months. What they all share is a programme that treats literary provision as merely one pillar among a plethora that includes teaching, making, chatting and playing, activities enabled by various forms of cutting-edge technology. If you recall your last visit to the library as hours and hours spent silently searching the stacks for that missing title, we strongly suggest you seek out one of these new institutions. It’s likely you’ll be checking out a lot more than books.

Marcel Wanders reveals the fundaments of his work. Daisuke Motogi redefines luxury. Marleen Sleeuwits tricks the eye. Gwenael Nicolas makes retail mediagenic. Meet the people. Get their perspectives.

Chinese co-working enters a new era. Luxury retailers go clubbing. Artists take the stage. The future pharmacy combines technology with tactility. Step inside the great indoors.