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August 19

While a downtown IKEA store is not a reality, IKEA has come to the centre of Toronto with a tantalizing exhibit to help lure us downtowners out to the suburbs to shop. Wednesday evening I, along with a slew of home and decor personalities and industry peeps, attended the opening of exhibitIKEA – a unique pop-up gallery featuring IKEA-inspired spaces in a unique space, on a tiny corner in the heart of downtown Toronto, now open to the public, but only until Sunday.

IKEA partnered with David Dixon, leading women’s fashion designer; George Whiteside (renowned fashion and design photographer), Bruno Billio (acclaimed sculptor), and Thrush Holmes (popular artist, painter, and owner of Thrush Holmes Empire) to create unique IKEA-inspired art installations. The artists were given creative cart-blanche to use IKEA products in any way they choose for the exhibit.

Each artist has been inspired by the creative potential of IKEA at some point in their lives and expressed a keen interest in participating in this event.The resulting spaces and interior treatments clearly utilize IKEA products in a hip, artsy way, yet provide design inspiration and ideas for homeowners as well.

Where: 363 King Street West, Toronto (South West Corner of King Street West and Peter Street)

When: Thursday, August 18- Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 10:00am to 6:00 pm; Sunday – Noon to 5:00pm.

Admission: Free

Can’t make it to the exhibit? A complete video tour of exhibitIKEA featuring each of the designers will be available on

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19 4:31 pm

    SAF, did you really find anything interesting about these spaces? I think the media has been bamboozled on this one.

    • August 20 4:37 pm

      The exhibit presents some products in ways homeowners may not traditionally think of using them, although it is certainly an ‘art’ exhibit. And an interesting marketing tactic. Although I’m surprised by the limited hours – so much effort for such little time for the public to see it.

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