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Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days Vol.3 Kuala Lumpur – The role of Playfulness in Creativity and Design

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As of 2021, FabCafe has spread to 11 locations worldwide. Each FabCafe branch shares the common ethos of asking everyone the question, “What do you Fab?” but the answers are wide and diverse, and each FabCafe has a different character and strength, such as specializing in R&D or having strong connections with universities, and so on. In this event series, we will invite the leaders of each FabCafe to unravel what issues they are tackling and discover what challenges they are planning to take on in the future. We’ll go to FabCafe Kuala Lumpur for Vol.3. Ignatius Andi Permadi and Gwyneth Jong, who have been active in the fields of advertising, workshop design and spatial design, will talk about designing for play with Dan Coppen and Saki Coppen from the design unit, Playfool.

Wed, October 20, 2021  UTC-04:00

06:00 – 07:30

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How can being “Playful” show the power of design?

Finding issues, solving problems, and coming up with ideas. There are many projects and plans being created every day in the world. However, one thing that often happens to all kinds of projects is that they somehow tend to be “well-behaved, serious, and rigid”. You’ve gathered a wide range of talents and data, coordinated with stakeholders, and put together a feasible plan, but somehow people don’t get involved and the project doesn’t continue, or in the end, you don’t even want to do the project that much…

People will not be moved by “what should be done”. People are more likely to get involved in something which makes them feel like they themselves want to do it at each individual level. This kind of fun project can lead to a chain of chemical reactions to bring others on board.

The theme for Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days (AFW180) vol.3 is “playfulness”. What are the kinds of designs that  increase the fun and excitement of a project, that doesn’t impose theory or just good intentions, will be discussed by the two groups that are developing activities with the keyword of playfulness. These two groups are the two representatives of FabCafe Kuala Lumpur and the two members of the design unit Playfool.

Playfool, a design unit on the rise

Dan and Saki from Playfool are professionals who design things that are fun and exciting. In 2018, they won the Good Design Award for their “PLAYFOOL Workshop”, a toolkit for creative thinking developed with Mimicry Design. Also in 2020, they created a YouTube video that expands play by combining Legos and paper. Their video has over 2 million views, and the number of subscribers to the channel has grown from 20,000 to 75,000 in three months (currently 130,000 are subscribed). In 2021, “Forest Crayons“, a crayon developed for the WOOD CHANGE CHALLENGE to explore the possibilities of domestic Japanese wood, was shortlisted in the Product Design category of the Dezeen Design Awards.

The following message is written on their website:

We believe play has the power to engage people in unusual and innovative ways, and it is our mission to show how embracing a little play can make a big impact.

The approach of Playfool will give a hint to anyone involved in any business or project who feels that “something is missing”.

「Forest Crayons」, crayons with colors extracted from tree trunks

FabCafe Kuala Lumpur, playful team from FabCafe Global

FabCafe Kuala Lumpur opened in 2020 as the 11th FabCafe. Co-founder Andi Permadi has worked in the advertising industry as an art director, and Gwyneth Jong has been involved in commercial facilities and office design as an interior designer. Since FabCafe Kuala Lumpur opened, they have been working energetically on projects such as biomaterial research and product development, not to be outdone by the pandemic. Both of them have experience in the creative business field and what they have in common is a playful design that excites people. At the Global Goals Jam (a design workshop to tackle the SDGs held simultaneously around the world), which was held in September 2021, they collaborated with organizers from Japan and Bangkok and facilitated three workshops. They led the team to an output that was not just for good intentions but engaging with fun games.

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What’s “Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days”?

FabCafe, which was born in Tokyo in 2012, has now spread to cities around the world. Each FabCafe is carrying out creative community activities for society through unique and experimental approaches. In many cases, the Founders of FabCafes around the world had their own career and projects with their own unique backgrounds, skills, savviness in technology and communities before they launched their own FabCafes. They empathized with the spirit of FabCafe and then opened cafes in various places to further expand their activities. One team is developing biomaterials with a research institute, another is organizing a global SDGs educational program, and in response to the corona pandemic, there are also teams that are contributing to the needs of medical professionals by organizing a system to increase production of much needed medical equipment.

With the characteristics of each branch and the scope of their activities ever expanding, we are starting a series of events where the leaders of each branch can introduce their activities in a marathon fashion in order to reconnect and show the diversity and strength of the FabCafe network. This series is called “Around the FabCafe World in 180 Days”, named after the novel “Around the World in Eighty Days”. Join us as we unravel the activities and unique leaders of each location!

  • Vol.1
    Bangkok × Sustainable Design

    FabCafe Bangkok opened in 2015, and its co-founder, Kalaya Kovidisith, has been creating various projects with her experience in architecture, design computation, and her creative planning skills. At this event, she talked about how materials became the future of digital fabrication together with Pattanapong Ranurak and Tanet Jirasavekdilok from Divana Wellness Co., LTD

    Read the event report

  • Vol.2
    Barcelona × Romotics

    In Zamora, the third most aged city in Europe, FabCafe Barcelona is now developing IoT and robots to support the elderly. In a future society where the value of living a more fulfilling life is more important than just convenience and efficiency, what will the relationship between robots, AI, XR, and other technologies, people, and cities look like? He discussed  together with Prof. Junichi Rekimoto, the director of Sony CSL Kyoto Laboratory.

    Read the event report

  • People who are looking for ways to connect technology and culture and deploy in society.
  • People who are interested in FabCafe branches for their PR/marketing of their services or products.
  • People who want to explore new business opportunity areas.
  • Playfool

  • Playfool is a Tokyo-based design studio formed by Daniel and Saki Coppen, graduates from the Royal College of Art. Applying their background in design and engineering, they produce products and experiences that embrace core themes of creativity, imagination and play.

    Website: https://studioplayfool.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Playfool/about

  • FabCafe Kuala Lumpur

  • Andi and Gwyneth are the duo behind FabCafe Kuala Lumpur. With both of them coming from an art and design background, their goal is to build a creative community in Kuala Lumpur through FabCafe KL. Projects, activities and workshops they have worked on usually have an element of ‘fun’ as they feel that having fun is an important tool to get others involved and it is the essence in creating a strong community.

Moderator

  • Kelsie Stewart

    FabCafe CCO

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Collaborator

Organizers

  • Nami Urano

    Loftwork Inc. / FabCafe Kyoto Marketing Div.

    Joined Loftwork after graduating from university and worked in Corporate and Marketing at the Shibuya office. Nami was in charge of planning and managing business events, collaboration events, and industry-academia community management. In 2018, Nami moved to Kyoto with the mission of creating new contacts of activities at the Kyoto branch as well as planning and managing events. Nami is interested in creating chaos in a place, based on her experiences in studying social security, living in an international fork highschool in Denmark, and living in a kibbutz in Israel.

    Joined Loftwork after graduating from university and worked in Corporate and Marketing at the Shibuya office. Nami was in charge of planning and managing business events, collaboration events, and industry-academia community management. In 2018, Nami moved to Kyoto with the mission of creating new contacts of activities at the Kyoto branch as well as planning and managing events. Nami is interested in creating chaos in a place, based on her experiences in studying social security, living in an international fork highschool in Denmark, and living in a kibbutz in Israel.

  • Kosuke Kinoshita

    Loftwork Inc. / MTRL・FabCafe Kyoto Marketing and Produce

    Kosuke Kinoshita has been involved in “MTRL (Material)”, which supports co-creation and innovation of manufacturing companies using materials as a starting point, and “FabCafe Kyoto”, a community base where various creators, researchers, and companies gather with the keywords of technology and creation, since its launch. Through online/offline workshop management and exhibition planning production, he is practising “creating a place where chemical reactions occur” and “designing contexts that connect things from different fields.
    https://loftwork.com/jp/people/kousuke_kinoshita

    Kosuke Kinoshita has been involved in “MTRL (Material)”, which supports co-creation and innovation of manufacturing companies using materials as a starting point, and “FabCafe Kyoto”, a community base where various creators, researchers, and companies gather with the keywords of technology and creation, since its launch. Through online/offline workshop management and exhibition planning production, he is practising “creating a place where chemical reactions occur” and “designing contexts that connect things from different fields.
    https://loftwork.com/jp/people/kousuke_kinoshita

Timetable

19:00-19:10

Introduction
Overview of the event, Kelsie Stewart (FabCafe Tokyo)
Introduction to GGJ with FabCafe, Kelsie Stewart (FabCafe Tokyo)

19:10-19:20

Case Study 「FabCafe Kuala Lumpur」
Ignatius Andi Permadi ‘“Andi”), Gwyneth Jong (FabCafe Kuala Lumpur)
Introduction to FabCafe Kuala Lumpur, Basic information and past activities and projects

19:20-19:30

Guest Presentation 「Playfool」
Dan Coppen, Saki Coppen (Playfool)
Basic information and past activities and projects

19:30-20:30

Talk Session
Dan Coppen, Saki Coppen, Ignatius Andi Permadi, Gwyneth Jong, Kelsie Stewart (oderator)
Theme: What is the role of Playfulness in Creativity and Design?

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Wed, October 20, 2021 06:00 – 07:30 UTC-04:00

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