It’s been a crazy summer so far with New York’s ICFF show at the end of May and Dwell on Design here in LA in June, but we finally managed to grab a few shots of our Semihandmade IKEA Door Showroom that opened this past Spring.
Located just minutes from the IKEA Burbank store in sunny Southern California, our hours are 10-8 every day, there’s plenty of street parking, and walk-ins are always welcome. To get a feel for the place, and especially for our friends out-of-town, here’s a really cool virtual tour.
To say we’re thrilled to be open is an understatement. The last four years have been a blast and a blur – challenge, fix, screw-up, breakthrough, milestone It’s been exhilarating and exhausting and a few of us around here honestly don’t remember what it’s like to have full heads of hair (forget no gray!), but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’re proudly on pace to complete 700 IKEA projects this year alone, and with our expansion in the last twelve months from just kitchens to include doors for IKEA bathrooms, closets and media systems, opening a location to put our one-of-a-kind products directly in front of you made perfect sense. Really, when you think about it, there is no better way to experience and enjoy a truly “Semihandmade” home!
Setting-up the living areas was easy; we’ve done enough design and trade shows by now to understand good lay-out and flow. As you can see from the photos, the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room are all well represented. We even made room for a coffee bar, kids’ area and workstations.
Especially fun was the fleshing out of the space. We’ve made a lot of friends and been inspired at past shows, so from day-one the goal was to make this as collaborative an endeavor as possible. Really, there’s no point in filling the showroom with only Semihandmade and IKEA stuff (you guys see it every day on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds). Even we get sick of ourselves sometimes!
We’re happy to report that many of those same friends came up big, so over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting each of them. The list continues to grow, but for now it includes:
First up are these amazing bar stools from the gang over at Loll Designs. We’ve long been fans of these guys – besides making incredibly stylish indoor/outdoor furniture out of one-hundred-percent recycled milk bottles, they’re hands-down the most fun booth at every design show we’ve ever done!
As it says on the website: “Barflies should be able to sit outside too and it might even help their complexion. This round topped modern bar stool is sturdy and will hold up to hours of posting up. Available in both bar height and counter height.”
For more information on everything Loll, check out the website. PS: they also happen to be the folks behind cutting board/utensil giants Epicurean!
Next up… we’ll spotlight long-time supporters and pals Modwalls – Northern California-based and pretty much the last word on modern tile!