The Jan — Feb 2020 issue of Frame explores how workspaces can support mental health. Burnout is on the rise, and it’s now officially been labelled an ‘occupational phenomenon’. On the upside, mental health is becoming a less taboo topic and employers are beginning to realize it takes more than an in-office gym or a few free yoga sessions to keep their workforce fully functional. So, how can spatial design contribute to the cause? We explore four aspects of the modern office that prioritize people over productivity, ranging from wellness-focused concepts such as recharge rooms to biophilic spaces filled with calming vegetation and tech-enabled services for the treatment of depression.


Stephen Todd is concerned that Australia needs to strengthen its IP laws or risk losing another generation of young designers. Annette Lin asks who the Mexican design community’s interest in ‘popular design’ really benefits.


Ikea x Virgil Abloh’s mixed-message collection. Lessons from WeWork’s downfall. Automakers rev up the client-car bond. Vertical farming’s growth in retail and hospitality.


Isabel + Helen on the power of storytelling in shop windows. Inbal Weinberg on the nuts and bolts of production design. Valextra’s Sara Ferrero on rebooting a heritage brand. Hannah Carter Owers on finding her post-Universal path.


Across everything from corporate campuses to co-working spots to small start-ups, the negative physical effects of spending eight-plus hours behind a desk have long been acknowledged. But since our always-on lifestyles are impacting mental wellbeing, too, today’s workspaces reflect a more holistic approach to health.


In the lead-up to each issue, we challenge emerging designers to respond to the Frame Lab theme with a forward-looking concept. Offices are getting fit for the future by including a variety of wellness-centred spaces and services, but what will tomorrow’s workers want or need? Three creatives look ahead.


Inflatable, Instagram-inspired and fashionable chairs from Dutch Design Week. Our selection of standout surfaces sourced at Cersaie. How neuroscience brings physical freedom to furniture.

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