Meet the latest Frame Awards Interior of the Month – Mo de Movimiento, a restaurant designed by Lucas Muñoz that serves up synthesized sustainability – as well as the four runners-up for December.

1. MO DE MOVIMIENTO

Lucas Muñoz

There’s a red thread emerging among Frame Awards Interior of the Month winners: upcycling. After a great example by Oficina Penadés for Camper took the top spot last month, Lucas Muñoz has nabbed the title for December with Mo de Movimiento. For the Madrid restaurant, Muñoz and team ‘basically mined most of the materials we used for the interior design from the demolition of the existing building’, he says. Mo de Movimiento is the first initiative from Proyectos Conscientes, a company founded in 2018 by Javier Antequera and Felipe Turell that aims to redefine the concept of success in business and drive cultural transformation. ‘The current health crisis has laid bare our culture of unfettered consumption and the vulnerabilities of an economic system that places individual profit above the collective good,’ says the project’s submitter. ‘Mo de Movimiento was envisioned over two years ago, with the goal of redesigning this model and proving that we can work with more responsible consumption.’ This means taking a much more holistic view at what the term ‘sustainable’ means.

Photo top: Gonzalo Machado. Photo above: Sergio Albert

Although the project’s eco initiatives are too numerous to list here and can be found on the project page, Mo de Movimiento was being judged in the Best Use of Material category. Receiving over 8 points in each section – innovation, functionality, creativity and (unsurprisingly) sustainability – Mo de Movimiento achieved an overall mark of 8.5 from the jury. Francesca Perani, founder at Francesca Perani Enterprise, gave it a perfect score: ‘”Community care” driven design, where authenticity and sustainability wonderfully meet,’ she said. Sonya Simmonds, global head of design and build at Spotify, praised the ‘textural changes’, and how ‘the materials blend into a soft steampunk vibe’. She enjoyed trying to distinguish between what is art and what is building material. Proyectos Conscientes’ community-driven focus was highlighted by Hans J. Galutera, founder and CEO at HG DesignWorks LLC: ‘This is an excellent project that shows ambitious and collaborative mindsets can deliver thoughtful design for the community. Bravo!’

Photo: Right Hub Culture

2. MYMORY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Atelier Right Hub

Submitted in the Hotel category and scoring a total of 8.29, Mymory boutique hotel is located in the foothills of the scenic Tianmu Mountain in Hangzhou. The project, designed by Atelier Right Hub, preserves a 1970s rammed earth house while updating the building for today’s guests. Mike Tristram, strategic lead at Checkland Kindleysides, was struck by the entrance into the courtyard that creates an ‘incredible first impression. Artful interior styling and the design make the most of the incredible views.’ Many jury members commented on the dynamism that results from the designers’ treatment of levels and layers, and on their tasteful juxtaposition of old and new.

Photo: Kim Dong-gyu

3. ROOF TOP ORCHESTRA

Hakuten

Turning the rooftop of Tokyo’s Ginza Six commercial complex into a beacon for summer visitors was the goal of Roof Top Orchestra by Hakuten, which scored 8.27 in the Best Use of Light category. Hinted by its name, light wasn’t the only factor in the project: six box-shaped monuments doubled as garden objects and instruments, each emitting a series of unique sounds and tones determined by visitors. The monuments also triggered reactions from corresponding LED lights, turning the rooftop into a visual spectacle. ‘Great to see a public space project with human use at its heart,’ said Rosie Haslem, director at Spacelab / Labthinks. ‘Investment in creating a space that will not only attract people to it but invite people to interact with it is all too rare, and so refreshing. I love the multisensory nature of the project – with the aural element enhancing the visual.’

 

4. RE-TREE

Hakuten

Another sustainability sentiment and another project by Hakuten: Re-Tree, a Tokyo window display for Shiseido, scored 8.06. The designers worked with leftover packaging material, slicing it and layering it three-dimensionally to represent flowers and seeds. The jury members loved the elegance and poetry portrayed in the project. A ‘sculptural public-messaging piece’, Mustafa Afsaroglu, cofounder at TS-DS, called it. Some wondered if the project could be taken further to consider circularity. Sonya Simmonds, global head of design and build at Spotify, for example, wanted to see how ‘the by-product could be reused by the consumer, used as new packaging or further integrated into the building fabric’.

Photo: Feng Shao

5. PAVILION S

Rooi Design and Research

Waste reduction and reuse were at the heart of Pavilion S, which scored 7.86 in the Trade-Fair Stand category. Tackling a typology that’s known for excess waste, Rooi Design and Research developed a pavilion for the Shanghai International Furniture Fair by choosing materials with their future use in mind – a factor the jury highly appreciated. The construction – which can be fully assembled within 48 hours – uses standard size sheets of plywood only, meaning they can easily re-enter the construction market. George Foussias, director of interior design at Lemay, also highlighted the stand’s adaptability: ‘This is a chameleon of a design: suitable to any environment, complementary to any setting yet holding its own identity.’

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