Take 1, Leave 1 Cafe is a pop up cafe that brings people together through barter based cooperative interactions. The rules of the cafe are simple: Take one, leave one.

The project was inspired by our society’s tendency and desire to socialize through consumption. We’ve created a world in which consumption drives our ability to keep company. Whether going to the movies, going shopping, or grabbing a cup of coffee—we’ve embedded consumerism into everything we do.

Created with a low budget, our team sourced our materials through recycling centers, friends, and communal school supplies. The cafe currently features a robot making station, clothing swap, communal sketchbook, and “leave something” bin geared to facilitate imaginative interactions for its audience of artists.


Team Members: Bechara Maalouf, Abby Olsen, Shreya Patel