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Coffee – the universal beverage of early-risers, afternoon break-takers, and evening social butterflies everywhere – is irresistible. The coffee break is ubiquitous, and for those seeking respite from the daily grind, it is a cherished ritual.

 

Design Exchange, in partnership with Nespresso, invited designers, artists, architects, engineers, inventors, and innovators at professional and post-secondary levels to rethink, rework, and re-imagine the conventional coffee break.

THE CHALLENGE

Grand Cru-ation challenged entrants from Ontario and Quebec to submit a proposal for an aluminum structure that facilitates interaction during moments of rest, and incorporate a small recycling receptacle for the countertop to encourage the recycling of Nespresso’s capsules.
The winning structure invites people from all walks of life to sit back, relax, and enjoy their surroundings. It promotes connection and conversation among the chaos of people coming and going, en route to their next destinations – be it a meeting, social outing, or new city.  With design function and aesthetic in mind, the winner brewed a design that is original and thought-provoking to passersby.

THE JURY

Proposals were juried by an esteemed panel of award-winning experts at the forefront of design and architecture in Ontario and Quebec. They include:
 
Pascale Girardin
Interior Installation Artist
 
Alessandro Munge
Studio Munge
 
Manon Asselin
Atelier TAG
 
Brad Keast
Osmington Inc.

Sylvie Charette
Nespresso Canada
 
Shauna Levy
Design Exchange

THE PRIZE

What’s more, the winning design will be fabricated and exhibited at Union Station in Fall 2016.
Plus, competition partner, v2comm, is pleased to offer one gift certificate
for a publicity package for the winning designs.

View the press release here

 

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