DIWO @ FAB!
Digital Dimension shop, Tokyo, Japan — from Fablab/Japan
Hiroya Tanaka & Chiaki Hayashi | Fabcafé / FabLab [co]founders and Fab[lab]Visionaries/p>
A CRAFTWORKS Café — collaborative, exploratory, experimental, “hack cultural.”
We’re thinking about, and writing on the idea of the hand, then the move to digital — and that interpretation of the hand — in outcomes and output. In an age of increasing mechanization — hands, human touch [however interpreted] become a differentiator.
A newly created [and just opened] digital craft café in Shibuya — Fab offers offers collaborative [DIWO / “do it with others”] craft and digital cutting know-how to take a customer’s drawings, to digital drafts, for conversion into newly dimensionalized cut renderings.
FAB: a more contraction of the word fabulous, (from fable) — and the less-obvious contraction of the word, fabrication.
Check out the video: Fab café, just opened on March 7th, comes with a laser cutter which, for a fee, anyone can use.
All you need to bring is an Adobe illustrator vector file, which you plug in to the cutter — it does the work – in paper, felt, acrylic, wood and other materials too. Pricing to use the machine is a bit steep, but not outrageous: 2000 yen to share the machine with up to 3 people for 30 minutes. It will cost you 5000 yen if you want the machine to yourself.
FabCafe is operated by Loftwork, a digital media production company that seeks to collaborate with a network of designers. For this project they hired Naruse-Inokuma Architects to design the café.
The art of the hand, translated to digital gathering, turned to creating objects and physical interpretations.
And coffee, each hand made [and foam-swirled], as well.
I savor their core principle –rather than being solely a DIY [do it yourself] culture, the founders espouse the new Fab ideal: DIwO — “do it with others.” Team-build, team experiment, team mistakes, team discoveries. Fun!
Tim | GIRVIN | Seattle @ The Pike Place Market
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