The Work Shop Pop Up is basically the coolest bunch of squatters ever. From now until the building is razed to make way for new homes in September, the Highland pop-up's filling the space with modern furniture from Work Shop, eye-catching art from local designers, and a coffee stand that only serves its java black, under penalty of death. Umm... leaving. Under penalty of leaving.
All the coffee is hand-brewed by a Crema vet who carefully selects java from the world's best roasters (Huckleberry, Intelligentsia, Dogwood), and prepares them mostly by pour-over. He calls his shop within the shop Black Black Coffee, and that's no joke, as there's no creamer, sugar packets, stirrers, or free napkins in sight. He insists that good coffee doesn't need those things, and that he likes his coffee like he likes his women: good.
Displaying this cast of an actual machine gun is a more modern, safer version of hanging a rifle above the mantle. And they're only $100 each.
Steel crossbar legs and a handmade leather pull are among the design touches that make this walnut record player cabinet stand out. There are also special cubbies that can be used to store vinyl, and unlike in Chicago, investing in these cubbies won't make you incredibly depressed.
The Volume Chair is a collab between The Work Shop and The Made Shop, and is itself made from plate steel. Despite its angular looks, the chair (that can be used indoors and out) is quite comfortable to sit on.
Other local designers and artists are also given a space to display their works in the pop up, including Topo Designs bags, cufflinks from Mildred and Bernice, and TJ Raygun's series of nude dinosaur prints -- fitting, as this place itself will soon be extinct.