In this issue, Frame magazine is off to the Far East, where we talk to a trio of major design offices in Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo about the current state of the local design scene, the influence of the global economic situation, and the meeting of Asian and Western aesthetics. Then it’s back to Europe for a lesson on three very different ways of designing a graphics exhibition, and a look at how designers are coping – and creating – from the crisis.
Asia Now: Design’s Eastern Promise
Hong Kong Hotshot: The ride and rise of Joyce Wang
Japanese Whisperers: Klein Dytham gets to the heart of Tokyo
Seouls Searchers: The Korean koans of Wallga Associates
True Grit: Avant-garde fashion firsts #1: David Adjaye’s raw urbanism for Proenza Schouler
Diamond in the Rough: Avant-garde fashion firsts #2: March Studio makes it real for Damir Doma
Lisbon: How to survive an economic crisis: the Lisboan designers and architects doing more with less
A cubist hotel in Hong Kong by Thomas Heatherwick, a cruciform library in Slovenia by NL Architects, and other adventures in geometry.
New projects by Oatmeal Studio, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Brenac and Gonzalez, Dirk van Berkel , Frank Gehry, Martino Gamper and Mde Though. Plus shops from Balenciaga, Rapha, Opening Ceremony and Cibone and Jpanese houses by Ma-Style Architects and Jun Igarishi.
Laufen: New marketing campaigns and products
UpdateL The latest from Dark, Punkt, Ceramiche Refin, NunoErin, Okamura and Brunner
Catalogue: Textiles and fabrics
Talk: Åke Axxelson on chairs, Nordic design, being 80, and chairs again
Essay: Lessons from design education: a tutor speaks
Graduation Work: What we saw at the 2012 student shows
One Artist, One Material: Sculptor Michael Samuels cannibalizes modern furniture
Book: The new American homestead, portrayed by Diane Keaton
Design Art: Hot Tools: master glass by apprentice makers