D/Dock makes the best of boundaries to design an innovative small office in Amsterdam

To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of both the Small Office of the Year jury-decided and People’s Choice award: Impraise by D/Dock. Find the full collection of reports in our newly released May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.

Amsterdam – Fabienne O’Neill, cofounder of Cuckooz and Cuckooz Nest, was immediately drawn to D/Dock’s Impraise in the Small Office of the Year category. ‘In terms of pushing the industry forward, this is exactly where we should be going,’ she said. ‘There was no [corporate] budget, but the client was on board with the concept the whole way. It shows what can be achieved with a bit of creativity.’

While there were no specific requirements from the clients at tech company Impraise, they did request to be ‘surprised’. Admiring the authentic, lively and fresh solution, the judges responded to the way that D/Dock took control of the design from concept to completion, even getting hands-on with the upcycling of furniture from its own warehouse collection.

Admiring D/Dock’s ambition and active commitment to sustainability, the jury felt that Impraise was not only innovative and unique, but also aesthetically interesting.

The novelty aspect of the design is what impressed LAVA’s Alexander Rieck the most: ‘The reality of being a designer is making the best of boundaries. Creating a meaningful approach unique to the studio is the future of design.’


Frame Awards 2020's Work category was proudly sponsored by Pedrali.

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