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Brief Published: 21 Mar 2012



The FabCafe in Shibuya, Japan is offering customers the traditional menu of hot drinks and snacks, with the added bonus of a laser cutter.

Designed by Naruse-Inokuma Architects, the coffee shop is equipped with wi-fi, power outlets and a Universal VLS6.60 laser-cutting machine. Customers can upload a pre-designed vector file and enjoy a good coffee while they wait in the cutting queue.

The space brings designers together and blurs the boundary between traditional leisure and work environments. FabCafe also plans to organise networking events and creative workshops in the future.

For more examples of flexible work environments, see Nomadic Workspaces. For an in-depth look at the digital tools allowing consumers to assert their individuality and creative flair, see the Macro Trend Control & Create.