Grand Cru/ation asked designers, artists, architects, and engineers to reimagine the environment of the conventional coffee break. A collaboration between Design Exchange, Toronto’s design museum, and Nespresso, the brief required a proposal for a sustainable, aluminum structure that would both reference and encourage the recyclability of Nespresso coffee capsules.
Lilly Otasevic, a Serbian-born, Toronto-based artist and designer, was crowned the winner by a judging panel that included designer Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge, architect Janna Levitt from LGA Architectural Partners and interior installation artist Pascale Girardin.
Otasevic’s winning concept, Break~Wave, is a low-lying, rounded bench with an undulating top and a curvaceous shape whose form is inspired by that of a Nespresso capsule. “This is an elegant solution, the design merges the seating experience with the flow of traffic, within a busy commute. The design responds well to the brand while adding a personal human touch,” says Girardin of the design.