Case Study: Design and build a whimsical, social object that connects people–and business–with coffee making. A project done in collaboration with Tellart located in Providence, RI.
IF A MAD SCIENTIST AND A COMPUTER BIRTHED A COFFEE BABY
Networking at conferences can often be awkward, especially if you don’t have your coffee. So when the Singapore Economic Development Board 'cooked up' the metaphor of connecting business over coffee, we were all in.
With this brief in mind, our friends at Tellart, in Providence, RI, approached us to collaborate on the development of a whimsical experience for bringing people together over coffee.
BUZZED ON BUZZ
The Coffee Connector’s unique trifecta of gorgeous object, digital experience, and caffeine dispenser have made it get the attention of both conference-goers and of the internet; achieving the goal of connecting people to each other and the message of the Singapore EDB.
It first debuted at The Economist Big Rethink Conference on March 13, 2014 in New York City and has been featured in a number of hilarious-headlined articles across the web.
MATERIALS & FABRICATION
As the development of the experience and systems was evolving along with the design process, we had to iterate constantly, at full and small scales, and quickly test to ensure everything could work and fit together. For the final build, we worked with local fabricators and trusted vendors to craft the unique parts that make up this Rube-Goldbergian contraption. Fine selection of materials, finishes, and connections resulted in a gorgeous, functional piece that awed its audience.