Remote-Control Spatial Design, Finland
Taking the notion of interactive design to another level, Café Kauko – Finnish marketing agency Hasan & Partners’ remote-controlled espresso bar – features interiors that can be manipulated via an accompanying website.
The temporary café, in-situ until early March 2012, opened in Helsinki’s Forum shopping centre earlier in February to promote the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 initiative. The programme of cultural events aims to raise awareness of the creative heritage and community in Finland’s capital.
Visitors to the YouDesign.fi website can control the café’s design, from the height of the chairs and tables to the lighting and music. Online voyeurs can also watch café visitors in real-time, and follow their coffee break experience. The space will also play host to a series of events organised by local newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet.
WDC Helsinki 2012 hopes that the project will initiate discussions about design, and how it can shape people’s day-to-day experiences of the environments they inhabit.