Tim Wong, architect and urban designer, after spending 17 years in the US, came back in Asia in 2012 keeping in mind the idea to create an open studio.
When visiting the 1st FabCafe in Tokyo in June 2012, 3 months after its opening, Tim was conquered and offered to develop a global network of FabCafe. The idea of a café that gathers many kinds of people who can come and freely exchange their ideas was better than an open studio.
By expanding this movement, Tim wanted to create project-oriented synergies and collaborations between makers at a global scale. The Fabcafe brand aimed to be sustainable and scalable across the globe.
Its model is 2-sided. As it’s open, one is for general public who can enjoy food and beverages. Then it’s a place for designers, artists or makers to make and showcase their own work all over the world, thanks to FabCafe’s network.
Today, the model is growing: 9 FabCafé have been created and 130 people are part of the international team.
Convinced that creators’ designs could revitalize industries thanks to their ideas and new technologies, Tim wants to provide his FabCafe’s local and global network to foster collaborations between makers, general public and companies.