Celebrating Coffee & Design


After launching in Atlanta 2016, Design Lab is returning to the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle this April. Great coffee is synonymous with great design, and increasingly serves a critical function in distinguishing specialty coffee. Design Lab seeks to celebrate this effort through three key platforms, coffee spaces, coffee vessels and an expanded packaging showcase.



Design Lab Packaging will return with a similar purpose to last year – identifying some of the most compelling coffee packaging designs from the past year. Whether it’s a traditional craft bag, cold brew bottling, or something completely different and unique – we want to see it. 



Design Lab Vessels will explore some of the most creative and original designs for anything you drink coffee from – paper cups, travel mugs, ceramics, glassware etc.

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We increasingly recognize the value of what’s around the cup in addition to what’s in it. Design Lab Spaces will showcase incredible retail, education and production environments designed for coffee from the past year.



Submissions will remain open through March 20, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their status on or before March 24, 2017.