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Frame #81 Jul/Aug 2011

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Frame #81 is anything but black and white. At David Adjaye’s Russian art-inspired business school in Moscow, colour blocking meets constructivism.

In Tunisia, Matali Crasset’s radiant take on indigenous architecture has resulted in the Dar HI Hotel. After checking out the vibrant views of Ecosistema Urbana and Idom, we’re ready for a change of emphasis, exploring the digital in design with the likes of SOFTlab and Patrick Tighe, where colour coexists with code.

CONTENTS 

Stills 

New interiors by: Rei Kawakubo, Studioilse, Campaign, Edwards Moore, Byn Studio, UID, Toshiya Ogino, Ferruccio Laviani, Shigeru Ban, Heimtextil, Elding Oscarson, Mathieu Lehanneur, Doepel Strijkers, Archi-Union, NAU, Drexler Guinand Jauslin, Foster + Partners, Studio MK27, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Studio Velocity, Chiharu Shiota, Platvorm, Grob Enzo, Manuelle Gautrand, Manuel Maia Gomes, Design Spirits, Sinato, Studio Pacific, Warren and Mahoney, Rem Koolhaas, Ferran Adrià 

Visions 
Street museums, a weather-responsive concert hall, fossilized water and other ideas from Peter Zumthor, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Bluarch and more

Reports 
Kettal: Elegant outsiders
Dynamobel: A base for the future office
Roca: Searching for bathroom innovation
Catalogue: Furniture - fresh ideas in chairs, tables and other versatile basics

Features

  • Chroma Zones: From high to low tech and back again with SOFTlab
  • White Noise: What a carve-up: the robotically sculpted world of Patrick Tighe
  • Dream Supreme: African inspiration meets Russian suprematism in a new landmark project by David Adjaye
  • The Social Spectrum: A fun, flamboyant and feisty ‘factory of youth’ by Selgascano
  • Sunny Side Up: Social spaces, sunshine shades and solar gains from Ecosistema Urbano
  • The Quest For Zest: An exercise in office dynamics – and dynamism – by ACXT Architects
  • Local Colour: Matali Crasset’s first architecture project is beautifully rooted in its Tunisian setting
  • Urban Legend: Barcelona gets a coolly cartoonish new city hotel, courtesy of Equip

Goods 

  • Salone del Mobile: A new industrial revolution? We reflect on this year’s events in Milan
  • Konstantin Grcic’s Avus for Plank: A luxury product in plastic
  • A new kind of transparency: Glass is getting smarter
  • All Stitched Up: Why knitted upholstery fabrics are making their mark
  • Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: A tasty Baguette (chair)
  • Heracleum: A bunch of leafy LEDs by Bertjan Pot
  • Thin pickings: David Chipperfield’s Piana chair folds to a barely-there 7 cm
  • Alessandro Mendini: On humanism, hype and why young designers should hate him
  • Move Awards: Pedal to the (future) metal
  • Market: Bathroom bests from the ISH trade fair
  • One Artist, One Material: Feathered fantasies of Kate MccGwire
  • Design Art: Jeroen Verhoeven’s arabesque desk
  • Book: What should designers do next? We ask Tony Fry, author of Design as Politics

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