We decided to switch up our routine one chilly morning last week. Instead of heading straight to the office, we made our way over to Make / Coffee + Stuff, an espresso bar and retail space located on Winnipeg’s popular Corydon Avenue. Sandwiched between an insurance office and frozen yogurt shop, Make’s outside appearance is small and somewhat unassuming. In fact, a first-time customer popped in during our visit and was shocked to learn the espresso bar had been open for close to a year already. But, don’t let it’s size fool you.
Walk through Make’s front door and you’ll instantly be drawn in by it’s raw, architectural design and wonderful aroma. And, thanks to the ever-changing design exhibits and events on rotation at Make, the space’s interior design feels like it’s constantly evolving.
The shop’s founder and owner, Jae-Sung Chon, has a long list of design creds, making the events and exhibitions he hosts, all the more meaningful. In addition to running Make, Jae is the founder, partner and creative director at STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Form), as well as a teacher in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He also led the Migrating Landscape entry to the Venice Biennale along with 5468796 Architecture Inc. and was selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.
Jae’s strong ties to the design industry across Canada and abroad, and his simple offering of quality espresso and coffee make for a unique experience. It’s fostering engagement between the public and the design community, something that’s rarely seen in Winnipeg – or anywhere, for that matter.
On this particular visit, we were going for 0##_Shade (the Shade International Competition lighting exhibit), but found ourselves with a warm cuppa’ in hand, caught up in conversation with Jae. After being sufficiently caffeinated, we grabbed our camera and did a walk-through of the space. Lighting designs selected as Finalists in the competition were suspended at various heights from the ceiling of the long, narrow space. We weren’t sure what impressed us more about 0##_Shade – the fantastic designs on display or the impressive A-list of industry professionals Jae had brought in to judge the competition.
On the panel was Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel of Omer Arbel Office, Toronto design curators/retailers John Baker and Julie Daoust of MJOLK, Winnipeg industrial designer and EQ3 Creative Director Thom Fougere of Thom Fougere Studio, Toronto editorial director Nelda Rodger of Azure Magazine, Berlin industrial designers Philipp Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo, and Tokyo-based architect Jun Shibata of Kengo wKuma and Associates.
These wooden light fixtures (pictured below) by locals Karen Hare and Jason Hare were Thom’s favourites from the competition. You can read up more on Karen and Jason’s lighting designs in last week’s Remodelista blog post The Fire within: A Wood Pendant Light with Charred Interior.
Jury Award selected by Nelda Rodger (Azure Magazine) and by Thom Fougere (Thom Fougere Studio) / Design by Karen Hare + Jason Hare, Winnipeg, Canada
Jury Award selected by John Baker and Juli Daoust (MJOLK) / Design (pictured in forefront) by Renee Struthers, Winnipeg, Canada
Jury Award selected by Omer Arbel (OAO) / Design (pictured right) by Brandon Bergem + Juliana Kusyk, Winnipeg, Canada
Jury Award selected by Philipp Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing (45 Kilo) / Design by Fumio Hirakawa + Marina Topunova (24º Studio), Kobe, Japan
Thanks Jae for a great morning out! Visit Makecoffee.ca to stay on top of the latest design happenings at Make / Coffee + Stuff.