FabCafe Singapore is a global coffee stop that opened its doors in 2016, after branches in Barcelona, Tokyo and Bangkok. FabCafe combines a cafe with a digital fabrication space to encourage a culture of making. Situated on the ground floor of Artscience Museum, key aspects of the brief were for all the furniture and shelving to be mobile so the space is readily configurable for events, for all the furniture to be self-fabricated, and to create a buzzing cafe space with books, plants and objects for museum goers.
Quarters designed mobile shelvings made of welded rebars and birch plywood crates to hold plants, books and fabricated objects. These shelves provide privacy to people sitting in the cafe and visual interest to the passers-by. Each shelf forms an S-module to provide lateral stability, with heavy-duty castors for mobility when they need to be stored away. All of the furniture in the cafe was fabricated by the FabCafe team in collaboration with local makers. The chairs consist of birch plywood cut from open-source furniture templates which were assembled and lacquered in Singapore.