#80 - May/Jun 2011 —

In addition to all of its usual punchy articles and round up of the best of international architecture and design, Frame takes time to ponder time in this particular issue. One of the key articles is Jane Szita’s ‘Yesterday Once More’. It posits the idea that, in a disorientated globalised society, design history is an increasingly visible preoccupation within the practice of contemporary designers and interior architects. It’s an interesting read even if it raises as many questions as it delivers answers. For example, for all of the ways in which the included designers view ‘history’, one can’t help wonder asking whether we are dealing with a historicity of design or mythology.

By contrast, Gary Card’s highly individual design for the Late Night Chameleon Café (or LN-CC) seems to deny any specific history (if such a thing is possible). Grant Gibson’s article, accompanied by Andrew Meredith’s photos, walks us through the process of how Card came to create this bijou retail experience for a pair of entrepreneurs who plan to repeat their Newcastle success on London’s style frontier of Dalston.

Though there are far too many excellent articles in this issue to mention each individually, it would be a crime not to mention Alexandra Onderwater’s article on the new additions to the Groninger Museum. To some, this very particular museum in the northern tip of the Netherlands is known as ‘the skate park’. But, to those who care about such things, it is one of the finest examples of post-modern eccentricity anywhere on the planet. Under the leadership of the late great Frans Haks, Groninger acquired a new museum in the mid 1980’s designed by Alessandro Mendini with specific aspects designed by Philippe Starck, Michele De Lucchi and Coop Himmelb(l)au, the rising legends of the day. Now, in keeping with the museum’s –and indeed the city’s- commitment to cutting-edge design, three substantial additions have been designed by Maarten Baas, Studio Job and Jaime Hayon. As the article in Frame clearly shows, Groninger has just acquired three more reasons to visit this spectacular museum.

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    In This Issue –
    Roman and Williams Benjamin Hubert
    Creative Director –
    Robert Thiemann
    Editor In Chief –
    Robert Thiemann
    Designers –
    Marielle van Genderen, Cathelijn Kruunenberg, Adriaan Mellegers
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Our Take —

Frame –and its sister publication Mark- deal with contemporary architecture. There is most certainly a lot of shared ground between the two publications. But perhaps the easiest way to differentiate between the two is to view Mark as being the title that deals with architecture in more traditional and general terms –though seldom traditional or general architecture- whereas Frame is primarily a magazine of interior architecture and its concomitant disciplines. As the title’s strap line of ‘The Great Indoors’ suggests, Frame is a magazine that profiles excellence in the fields of interior architecture, product and furniture design and numerous other manifestations that all add up to interesting indoor spaces.

Like the other titles in the family of publications, it has a bold and crisp art direction; a modular and modern sensibility very much the product of the Dutch design scene from which it arises. Also, as with its sister publication, it manages to fill each issue with a lot of content without ever feeling cramped.

Frame, in many ways, is an even more accessible title that Mark since its remit enables it to profile a broader range of design and architectural activities than its sibling title. Contributors frequently include world-class expertise from within the relevant disciplines covered; yet it remains a breezy and informative read likely to appeal to professionals and followers alike.

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