Frame #119 Nov/Dec

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

Objects
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.

Portraits
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.

Spaces
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.

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