On Monday night I attended the opening of the IKEA pop-up atelier temporarily installed on Boulevard Waterloo. You may have noticed the big sign out front next door to the Samsonite store. It’s hard to miss the cars covered in colorful fabric parked outside.
IKEA Belgium came up with the idea for the space as a way to inspire people to use textiles in creative ways to improve their home environments. The window display is full of birds made from fabric and all sorts of other imaginative uses of textiles. Once inside, there is a small living room arrangement with IKEA furniture and flea market finds mixed together, a workshop area with sewing machines and supplies and fabric everywhere you look.
During a tour of the atelier, the IKEA representative and interior designer talked about how fabric can help create comfortable and unique styles, in an affordable and very personal way. Although IKEA has a selection of textiles for sale in its stores, the local team decided to reach out to people in Brussels to explain how to use fabrics and learn some basic sewing skills. I mentioned IKEA hacking in a recent post, and there are some great examples on display here like a fabric covered chest of drawers.
The showroom is full of inspiration where visitors can explore the IKEA fabric collections and join in on daily sewing demonstrations, like how to make a pillow cover. You can’t buy anything in the space but you can visit to learn and use the supplies to create a small project. There is also a larger workshop upstairs where experts and design specialists will host workshops. All of the sessions are already fully booked but TV Brussel is running a competition to attend a workshop on 20 October.
The atelier is open from now until 20 October (except 14 October), from 11am-6pm, and will be open late this Friday until 10pm as part of Modo Parcours. This annual event brings together the fashion world and the public to explore the latest trends and promote Brussels fashion. From 12 to 14 October, fashion designers and students will exhibit their collections in usual and unusual places such as shops, galleries, bars, hotels and even churches in the Dansaert and Royal areas. You can pick up a free map and program at the information point House of MODO (Place Saint Catherine, 1000 Brussels) or see the website for all event details.
It will be a good weekend to get inspired!