CityMash.com - If Amazon and Pinterest had a baby they would be raising their little one in Vancouver, at 1378 West Pender St. to be precise, and that child would be named Kabuni.
Kabuni is an app, a collaborative workspace, a design studio, a marketplace, a socially conscious organisation and a 3D virtual reality room all rolled into one.
There’s an app for that
For the typical 99% of us who believe using an interior designer is just for the rich and fancy, the free Kabuni app allows you to connect online, or in person, with a design professional who will work with you to create the interior of your dreams.
You can save items on boards, share them with the family, and there is access to a catalogue of thousands of unique items created by the artists and craftsmen of Kabuni.
All of the items available to view can be purchased online and then delivered to your door for a seamless – design, purchase, display- experience.
Just sign-up for an account, drop your items into your cart, pay, receive your confirmation, and wait for your delivery. You can also chat live, online with a designer and if you would like to see how your design would look in a room, you can meet with your designer at Kabuni House.
Get help with your vision
Interior designers on Kabuni are freelance professionals who can collaborate with fellow design professionals, discover exceptional artisans and work with clients to create the amazing spaces of their dreams.
For the artists and craftsmen who create the fabulous art, furniture and home decor available to view on the site, Kabuni provides a link to interior designers and their customers, payment processing, logistics and shipping, marketing, and more.
Design ground zero
Last, but definitely by no means least, there is Kabuni House. This 3000 square foot collaborative work space is available for designers to work in without distraction, meet and work with other professionals, meet clients, and present to them in the revolutionary 3D virtual reality ‘Dream Room’.
The ‘Dream Room’ allows you show your vision to a customer, make changes and examine items, all through an iPad.
Other technology available includes touch screen tables, iMacs loaded with leading industry software, a full mic and sound system, and presentation tvs. Freelance, home-based designers suddenly have the newest and the best in technology to do their job, all in a space that also provides you with free coffee, fruit and all the wifi you could want.
Profits from successful transactions are split between the designer, the artisans and local homelessness charities so everybody wins with Kabuni.
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