Frame #148


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In the September/October issue of Frame, we explore how retail can truly be built by – rather than for – communities.

Reporting From
While exploring Jerusalem Design Week, Dan Handel entered the ‘unknown’ and came out both inspired and full of further questions. And: The classical home of Mozart and Strauss, Austria’s most populous city has a more experimental side, too. Gili Merin explores how Magazin gallery is changing the architectural narrative.

Business of Design
The complexity of wood’s sustainability status. Will generative design replace creatives? Why young people should participate in the building process. What wearables mean for workplace wellbeing.

In Practice
Burr Studio on not doing the same thing twice. Tatiana Bilbao on how spatial design can tackle some of the world’s big issues. Oio on working with bots to augment the creative process.

The Next Space: Advancing the Adaptive Home
Dissecting key lessons from our think-tank The Next Space, our white paper discusses the role of spatial design in building future-proof residential habitats that are resilient to change – responding dynamically to shifts in lifestyles, life stages and life transitions.

Why dining spaces are borrowing the sun’s cycles. Climate exhibitions set new directions for sustainability. Fake nature grows in stores. Healthcare takes cues from the hospitality sector.

Retail Lab
Where a retailer’s place in communities was once tied to a point of transaction, this is no

longer the case. After all, citizens are on a collective mission to reduce consumption, leaving businesses with a choice: bow out, or offer spaces and services as opposed to only products. In the coming years, this could transform the role of the retailer from a seller into a community organizer. Here, we unpack the ways storefronts will serve as neighbourhood hubs for inspiration, information and day-to-day errands, and how to design for such changes.

The Challenge
In the lead-up to each issue, we challenge emerging designers to respond to the Frame Lab theme with a forward-looking concept. Periods of social distancing have reemphasized the importance of community and belonging. Within the retail industry this has reignited an appreciation for local brands and neigbourhood(-led) initiatives. How should retailers continue to respond to the consumer’s heightened desire for connectivity, while fostering a sense of togetherness and localizing their presence? And can commerce ultimately be placed in the hands of the communities it serves? We asked three creatives to share their ideas.

Highlights from Milan’s Salone del Mobile and 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, modular and extendable lighting, furniture for social workplaces, and 3D-printed stoneware. 

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