Take a look inside Kabuni, Vancouver's co-working design-build community

Feb 10 2017, 8:07 pm

It’s no secret that Vancouver’s home to a slew of creative individuals – the only problem is that they haven’t had anywhere to go.

Now that’s changed with Kabuni House, a collaborative space that allows designers, architects, contractors, real estate agents, and local makers to connect in a professional and innovative space.

Vancouver has seen nothing quite like this before.

Kabuni is a three-year-old design company and co-working hub in downtown Vancouver that holds six or more educational events per month. In March, it will launch round tables for its members, too.

Kabuni bridges gaps between creative thinkers by joining them in a series of get togethers, including a networking event on the first Thursday of each month that everyone’s welcome to join.

It’s the perfect opportunity for people to mingle with the vibrant community of artists to find out how joining Kabuni can help drive their creativity and success. At the event, they’ll enjoy a fun presentation of art while enjoying the positive networking experience that connects them to people who think in a similar, inventive way.

Daily Hive sat down to chat with Ryleah Resler, Kabuni’s resident designer and member success manager, to get the scoop on this collaborative and creative space.

In addition to being a creative co-working space Kabuni House helps creative locals sell their items with its vignette, a small set up of locally made items for sale.

The space is an extension of the app’s product catalog, which lets designers source items for their inspiration boards and design projects.

Everything in the space is locally made and available for sale to the designers along with the general public. The area is rotated every quarter in order to keep both the storefront and design ideas fresh.

Another cool feature includes the Kabuni Cafe, a cheeky take on the cafes that many freelancers work in.


Kabuni cafe/Kabuni House

“A lot of freelancers are either working out of their homes or working out of cafes, and hosting meetings in there,” says Resler.

“We instead wanted to poke fun at it, but also provide a professional setting for those meetings to still take place.”

The cafe is used as a co-working space during the day, and also provides complimentary coffee and snacks to the members using it.

The artwork above the tables and chairs is rotated monthly – and to celebrate, Kabuni hosts a social on the first Thursday of the month. The artist gets to talk to the people at the social about their artwork, and designers can use it as a chance to network.

Kabuni House hosts a main co-working space, which is where lots of the creative magic happens.

It’s here that members can collaborate, host meetings, use design software on three desktop computers, or just work on their projects.

Most of the furniture at Kabuni House is locally sourced, and intended to create a fresh, modern background for the people working in the space.

“We wanted to keep it very modular,” Resler says. “The branding of Kabuni has been kept to the exterior, the space is both clean and modern. It’s because we want the work of our members to be showcased.”

This is also the space where Kabuni hosts many of its workshops, part of Kabuni Academy which launched in January. Open to members and the public, these workshops help designers and contractors market their work, create better business relationships, and get some creative tips too.

On the other side of the co-working space, members are able to use one of three touch screen computers. These are really meant to help people who want to hold meetings at Kabuni House – and although a private meeting room is in the works, there are only the public spaces available right now.

The space is designed to make it easy for a designer to flow with their meeting.

They can start in the cafe, chatting to their prospective clients or partners about their product. Upstairs, they can use the tablet computers, the whiteboard, or the comfortable seating around the television to showcase their ideas.

“What blows me away is the heart of Kabuni,” Resler says. “I don’t think it’s been done before. Nothing really in Vancouver is like this.”

“I think it automatically attracts great people, it’s a network and community. It’s today’s way to grow your design – build business.”

Kabuni House members get unlimited access to Kabuni’s co-working space, one meeting a month, discounts on Kabuni’s moving van, free admission to the Kabuni Academy workshops, and other benefits.

To find out more about Kabuni House and how it could help your business or freelance career, book at tour or check it out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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