GOODS | Pop-Up Purveyor The Chinatown Experiment Set To Rebrand On September 1

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thisopenspace is located at 434 Columbia Sreet in the heart of Chinatown | 778.839.2828 | www.thisopenspace.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Our little Chinatown storefront recently got a facelift and new signs installed. If you walked by today or have been following us online, you’ve probably guessed it by now, what used to be The Chinatown Experiment is re-launching as thisopenspace. We’re putting the final touches on the site and can’t wait to show it all on September 1st.

There’s been lots of change since we started two years ago. What was once an abandoned store is now a pop-up ready space; our flagship storefront has been transformed into over 70 pop-up concepts since September 2012. The space has been home to elopement style weddings, a café that repels cell phone signals, art exhibitions, fashion label launches, designer furniture, online retailers, and plenty more. The cool and the creative happens here, and it’s received international press coverage. The people we’ve worked to make it all happen are what keep us going.

But the flagship storefront, our idea playground, is only one part of what we do. This year, we started helping brands and artists find other temporary pop-up ready spaces around town. We’ve connected them to spaces in Gastown, South Granville, Mount Pleasant, and Fraserhood, Recently we’ve also helped clients with promotion and press for their pop-up. We’re proud to have brought new brands to Vancouver for the first time including Alberta’s Knifewear and Wheat Kids & Babies. We’ve also brought experiential strategy as part of the Niche Co Lab team to produce the first pop-up in a residential Vancouver home at Vanglo House. Growing out of the little Chinatown storefront means that we need a new brand name and identity to better represent what we do. Our new website thisopenspace.ca launches on September 1. Find out all the latest details @thisopenspace. We’re beaming with excitement and can’t wait to share it all with you next week. Read more

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Set To Host New Series Of Pop-Ups Through July

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | The Chinatown Experiment is set for July with five new pop-up shops. There’s a full line up of one-of-a-kind shops in Chinatown this month. The space begins as part architectural installation and part café, and then transforms into a street art gallery, a women’s clothing store, a hand-crafted Japanese knife shop, and finally into a home for the new collections of five Montréal-based designers. As always, expect a dynamic storefront showcasing the unexpected. To stay on top of it all, like The Chinatown Experiment on Facebook for updates.

July 2 – 16 | FARADAY CAFÉ | Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) are opening the first coffee shop that repels wireless signals. In a space devoid of cell phone or digital connections, the team hopes to create personal ones instead. To achieve their desired effect, the team has completely enclosed the café in mesh that shields electromagnetic signals while producing a distinct visual form. They’ll be serving a rotation of artisanal coffees by donation (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual, & more) and will be home to events. Expect pop-up dinner parties Wednesdays at 7p.m., afternoon DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 3p.m., and even a storytelling night on July 15. Open daily 10am – 6pm, closed Sundays. Follow them on Instagram for daily updates. #faradaycafe

June 17 | STREET SCRIPT: DEBUT GALLERY | Street Script is the intersection of Art & Hip-Hop. Local street artist & designer MEGA is presenting her debut gallery ‘The Vapours’ for one-night only exhibition. Her hand-painted, classic hip-hop lyrics can be spotted in the streets of Gastown and Chinatown. Through lyric design and illustration, MEGA is creative a movement that transcends cultures and generations. The gallery will feature all brand new original pieces by MEGA. DJ Icy Touch will be spinning fresh cuts for the evening with collaborative works by The Dark, Doug Weir, and JB. Bonus: Watch this short film about MEGA & StreetScript. The show goes from 7pm to midnight. Arrive early; it’ll be a packed house. #streetscript

July 18 – 20| LUCKY BABE POP-UP SHOP | The local online women’s clothing brand is launching soon and has put together a pop-up shop to celebrate. For their first release, expect leggings and clutches in store. It’s the first foray into fashion for founder Mafidon (Lucky) Osaigbovo. Although, fashion has always been in the family and largely influenced by the women in the West African born Mafidon’s family, starting with this mother and sister. A percentage of proceeds from the pop-up are supporting the Salvation Army. Open Friday, 4pm – 9pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am – 7pm. #luckybabeshop

July 22 – 27| KNIFEWEAR: HAND CRAFTED JAPANESE KNIVES | The chef-owned independent Knifewear opened in their doors in 2007 and already have fives stores across Canada from Ottawa to Kelowna. For the first time ever, owner/knife-nerd Kevin Kent is bringing Canada’s first Japanese knife shop to Vancouver with a one-week pop-up. Expect to find hundreds of knives from more than 40 of the best Japanese knife brands including, Masakage, Fujiwara San, and Moritaka Hamono. They’ll also have chef-curated cookbooks, beautiful made in Canada Larchwood brand cutting boards, and exceptional kitchen gadgets. There’s also the classic shave shop with high quality shaving gear; straight razors, safety razors, soaps, aftershaves, badger and horsehair brushes. “Cooking is the new rock and roll,” Kent says. “And the new black leather pants are Japanese knives.” Open daily 11am – 7pm. Follow them on Facebook for updates. #knifewearpopup

July 28 | THE STOWE: SERIES 3 LAUNCH | Montréal-based The Stowe is coming back home for the launch of their Series 3 collection. Founded by designer Molly Spittal, The Stowe began out of a desire to produce beautiful, functional accessories. Using carefully selected materials sourced in North America, the studio reflects the values of traditional craftsmanship and classically designed products to compliment one’s life. The Stowe is joined by Box Agency, representing five exceptional designers from Montréal including Ursa Minor, Little Houses Clothing, Assembly Home Goods, Elaine Ho Jewelry, and Amanda Moss. Open by appointment only. Industry may contact Box Agency at info [at] agenceboite.com

July 29 onwards | OPEN BOOKINGS! | Do you have an idea in need of a storefront? Get in touch with us info@chinatownexperiment.com for your pop-up shop, exhibit, or gallery.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Set To Host 8 Pop-Ups During The Month Of June

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. & 585 East Broadway | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | This month at The Chinatown Experiment brings the most dynamic line up yet with a series of eight pop-ups across two locations including 434 Columbia St. and the new #SPACE196 at 196 Kingsway Avenue on the corner of 10th. This new space will be home to two pop-up shops this month and many more in the months to come. For the first month of summer, expect mostly fashion shops as brands introduce their SS14 lines, as well as a week-long multidisciplinary art event and two non-profit fundraisers. Get your out calendars out and mark these dates…

Open now – June 3 | Kate Duncan presents ADDRESS (434 Columbia St.)
ADDRESS is a collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, horticulture, as well as artwork and sculptural vessels by designers from Vancouver, Calgary, and New York. The two-week pop-up will feature the fine furniture by Kate Duncan, as well as works by Troy Moth, Allied Maker, Le Fil Rouge Textiles, Golem Designs, and many more. This is what’s hot in interior design and home décor right now.
Open daily 11am – 7pm #ADDRESSyvr

June 3-8 | Hey Jude Spring Shop (196 Kingsway Ave.) #space196
Vancouver based vintage stylists, Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow, will be opening the doors to their newest pop-up boutique. The shop will be featuring a new Spring/Summer collection of hand picked and trend forward vintage pieces for one-week only. Set in a minimalist and curated atmosphere, the shop aims to present vintage shopping in a fresh and approachable way. Expect to see pastels, metallic and monochromatic neutrals alongside unique accessories and jewelry. The shop will also showcase a menswear collection full of crisp button-ups, bombers and athletic inspiration. Open daily 11am – 7pm #heyjudeshop

June 5 | Thank you Chinatown! (434 Columbia St.)
Our founder, Devon MacKenzie is moving on from The Chinatown Experiment and as a thank you to the neighbourhood, he has organized a one-night fundraising event benefiting the DTES Women’s Shelter. The photos are finished in handcrafted frames made from reclaimed fir from the Chinatown Experiment building. We will be raffling off one 6×15-framed print and six one-of-a-kind 8×10 framed prints. There will also be framed 4×6 prints on hand for purchase. Open for viewing 1pm – 4pm and event starts 6pm to 10pm.

June 6 – 8 | Halfcourt Sportswear & Whiskey Teacup Pop-Up Shop (434 Columbia St.)
Halfcourt Sportswear and Whiskey Teacup come together for a weekend pop-up shop. Halfcourt will be celebrating the launch of their first collection featuring silhouettes inspired by classic sportswear pieces and bold contrasting materials. Whiskey Teacup will be releasing their sophomore collection, which will be available for the first time in store. Open daily 11am – 7pm.

June 11 – 18 | Young & Only Pop-Up Shop (434 Columbia St.)
Young & Only is an online men’s and women’s clothing store and lifestyle blog catering to stylish individuals who are culturally informed and socially conscious. You can expect brands such as Publish, Cameo, Someday’s Lovin, RVLT, and B.C.’s very own London Alexander and Beaux Ties. Young & Only has also teamed up with a couple of friends including Gastown florist Greenstems, and the beautifully talented local artist Ola Volo. Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11am – 7pm, Friday to Saturday: 11am-9pm #YOPOPUP

June 19 | Apron’s for Gloves Restaurant Rumble Fundraiser (434 Columbia St.)
The Chinatown Experiment is throwing its weight behind heavyweight contender Peter Marshall representing Louis M Martini Winery for Peter’s Restaurant Rumble Fundraiser campaign. There will be beer, cocktails, wine, art, and athletic apparel for sale. All proceeds will benefit the East Side Boxing Club. Event starts at 6pm. #teamsweetPete

June 20 – 26 | ONE Colour Exhibition by Glitz Entertaiment (434 Columbia St.)
ONE Colour is a multidisciplinary art event presented by the production team behind the growing Lab Art Show. They have taken their one night event and expanded it to include a week-long pop-up featuring live painting, cirque performances, short films, improv, instillations, and even a night of sangria. Expect a full line up with a uniquely different event on each night of the exhibition.

June 23 – 29 | WHEAT (196 Kingsway Ave.) #space196
WHEAT is a Danish-designed clothing line for babies and kids. It’s the epitome of comfort and classic, yet still practical and stylish, in kids’ clothing. Parents will love WHEAT for its simple, old-soul inspired designs that will take kids from play dates to family functions. Available exclusively online in Canada, WHEAT is excited to be popping up in Vancouver from June 23rd to 28th. Featuring spring and summer styles from sizes 3 months to 14 years. Open daily 10am to 7pm.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Set To Host Exciting New Series Of Pop Ups In May

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | This month brings the most dynamic line up yet with a series of eight pop-ups across two locations including Chinatown Experiment at 434 Columbia St. and the temporary Midtown Experiment at 585 E. Broadway a block west of Fraser St. Vancouver’s pop-up activators are excited to welcome back some familiar faces and to introduce new pop-ups this month. Grab a pen and start marking your calendars; you simply cannot miss out.

Open now – May 3 | Citizen Grace (585 E. Broadway)
Local online women’s fashion retailer Citizen Grace is back with their first pop-up of 2014 and they have exclusive new pieces at their pop-up store that are not yet released online. Open 10am – 8pm daily.

May 1 – 7 | An Improbable Friendship (434 Columbia St.)
Yuri Padal and Michael Mahoney are proud to exhibit their abstract paintings for a one-week exhibition. Their opening reception is Friday, May 2 from 5-9pm with live music. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 7pm.

May 5 – 11 | Black & Yellow presents: The Incubator (585 E. Broadway)
Once hosted at The Waldorf Hotel, Black & Yellow gallery is back and led by gallery director Allison Mander-Wionzek. The Incubator is a one-week pop-up gallery and event series dedicated to fostering community and motivating young female artists and cultural practitioners by creaming opportunities for mentorship, networking, education, and exposure. They will be open 12 – 5pm each day. Follow along @incubatevan #girlongirl.

May 9 – 11 | Kerri Pfeifer Mother’s Day Floral Shop (434 Columbia St.)
The backyard florist is having a three-day pop-up for Mother’s Day! Bring your mom down to Chinatown for a stroll through Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhood and surprise her with flower’s from this pop-up florist. Mom will love you for it.

May 13 – 18 | Bingo Bill Exchange (585 E. Broadway)
Fresh from a buying trip to the women run co-operative workshops of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Bingo Bill Exchange is back for their second pop-up. The beautiful cushions, ottomans, wool felt carpets, jewelry, and more will adorn the space for six-days only with partial proceeds benefiting the Hope in Shadows photo project of the DTES community. Opening reception Tuesday, May 13 6-9pm.

May 20 | Billy James Fashion (434 Columbia St.)
Local fashion designer Natasha James is all set for her first solo pop-up after a successful collaborative effort with local favorites Hey Jude last summer. This is one-
night only. Don’t sleep on it.

May 20 – June 1 | East Side Flea Midtown Pop Up Shop (585 E. Broadway)
That’s right. All the goodness of East Side Flea will be available in a brick & mortar shop. With 25+ revolving vendors, you can expect a kick-off party, workshops, demonstrations, and a record listening station. Follow along @eastsideflea and #esfpopup for more info. Open daily 11am – 7pm.

May 21 | Make Art Not Cancer (434 Columbia St.)
A one-night only gallery and art auction with all proceeds going to this year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.

May 23 – June 4 | Kate Duncan presents ADDRESS (434 Columbia St.)
ADDRESS is a collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, horticulture, as well as artwork and sculptural vessels by designers from Vancouver, Calgary, and New York. The two-week pop-up will feature the fine furniture by Kate Duncan, as well as works by Troy Moth, Allied Maker, Le Fil Rouge Textiles, Golem Designs, and many more. This is what’s hot in interior design and home décor right now. Open daily 11am – 7pm.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | From shopping to art exhibits, there’s something for everyone this month at The Chinatown Experiment. Take a look…

March 31 – April 7 | Obviously Chic
Women’s online boutique brings their brand of shabby chic to Vancouver.

April 9 – 14 | Riverlife
Solo art exhibit by vancouver based artist Hamish Todd.

April 11- 13 | Güd
Güd, a fabulous new line of natural personal beauty from the makers of Burt’s Bees, is opening a pop-up shop this April in Greenstems, an award winning florist located at 315 Abbott St. in Gastown.

April 18 – 21 | Terminal City: Rewired
Architect and visual artist, Peter Ridgeway presents a multi-media art exhibition.

April 29 | Neighbourhood Photographs
The Chinatown Experiment presents their 2nd Neighbourhood group exhibit. Read more

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | March ushers in Spring and our most fun calendar of pop ups yet! Take a look…

March 14 – 16 | Evelyn Iona Cosmetics
The launch of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics, a new organic, natural makeup line with the mission to pay-it-forward. The pop-up boutique is an opportunity for the modern woman who care to sample and buy organic, socially conscious cosmetics, skin & hair care.

March 18 – 26 | Dreamlover Pop Up
This pop-up is presented in part by Neighbourhood Collective, a collection of the best of Vancouver’s artists, designers and makers. It features high quality, handmade products that punctuate your life.

March 22 – 23 | Shanti Ugranda Pop Up at 87. E Pender
Vancouver based NGO Shanti Uganda brings their annual warehouse sale of handmade African handbags and jewelry to a storefront space generously provided by Company’s Coming at 87.E Pender.

March 27 | “I got lost, then I got found” Solo art exhibit by Sarah Gee Miller
Sarah Gee Miller works with archival cardstock, often painted in acrylics, to make collages revealing her interest in regularity and equilibrium. Sarah is largely concerned with the implications of totemic signage and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction.

March 28 – April 3 | Obviously Chic
A pop up shop presented by women’s online retailer Obviously Chic. Hand-picked from markets in Bangkok to hidden corners in L.A, Obviously Chic brings their brand of shabby chic decor, statement baubles, and swoon worthy style to Vancouver.

This month The Chinatown Experiment is also pleased to announce our temporary pop-up at Broadway and Carolina. It’s called The Midtown Experiment.

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | January was a fantastic month! Blumin Warehouse, Sincerely Slow, and our pop-up workshops were huge successes thanks to your support, Vancouver. February provides opportunities to hide from the winter doldrums and experience some of Vancouver’s finest emerging artists. From a Ben Barber solo exhibition and an art + design show to a Spanish inspired tapas gallery cafe, there’s plenty popping up on Columbia St. this month. Take a look after the jump… Read more

GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be an exciting year full of pop up shops, experiments and art exhibits! Our focus this year is to continue to strengthen Vancouver’s creative community by providing accessible space and support at our storefront in Chinatown and around the city. We are pleased to announce our unique and eclectic calendar for January…

January 14 – 18 | Sincerely Slow
The Sincerely Slow event “Dear Wanderer, slow down to see the beauty” asks that we consider pace of life so that we enjoy life’s precious details.

January 24 – 26 | Blumin Pop Up Shop
Blumin Warehouse is a co­working space for writers. This dedicated writers’ centre will act as a community to provide members with the synergy and support needed to refine their work. Blumin will offer semi­-private, customizable space for members, with WiFi, fresh coffee, printing and photocopy facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

January 28 | From Craft Market to Pop Up Shop: The How, what, where and why?
Free information session for those looking to host their own pop up shop in 2014. **SOLD OUT: We are at capacity for this workshop, please email us at info@chinatownexperiment.com to get on the waitlist or hear about future workshops.**

January 30 – February 4 | Very Rare: A solo exhibition by Ben Barber
Comprised of paintings, sculptures and other media; VERY RARE displays works that explore the means of which culture becomes fetish, and products turn to icons. Using well known objects from daily life countered with artmotif’s,the viewer is givena view into a world that is uncomfortable yet seemingly familiar.

If you are an entrepreneur or artist looking to get in front of a new audience, we want to hear from you! Contact us today at info@chinatownexperiment.com.

GOODS | “Chinatown Experiment” Hosting Special Pop-Up Workshop On Jan. 28 (Free)

December 27, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | Are you ready to take the next step? After the busy holiday market season you may be wondering what’s next for your small business. If Craft markets are a great starting place and can help get the ball rolling, a Pop-Up Shop is an opportunity to build on the experience for your customers and distinguish yourself from the crowd. It is easier than you may think! On January 28th from 6pm to 7pm, we will be providing answers to questions like What is a pop-up shop? while providing answers about the benefits and giving examples of businesses that successfully went from craft market to pop-up shop a special free workshop. If you are ready to take the next step and think a pop-up shop could be right for you, this event (and the Q&A that follows) will give you the knowledge you need to move forward. Secure your spot here!

GOODS | Neighbourhood Photography Sale At The Chinatown Experiment On Dec. 3rd

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | Building on the success of Neighbourhood Collective, The Chinatown Experiment is presenting a series of art sales beginning with Neighbourhood: Photographs. Our focus is to bring attention to emerging local artists and have them showcase their work outside of the traditional art gallery model.

We are hosting an art sale on Tuesday, Dec 3 from 6:30pm ­to 11pm. All art is available for $100 or less. Guest curator, Becky Philpott has brought together six local photographers under the theme of neighbourhoods. These six photographers include Kamil Bialous, Shannyn Higgins, Kane Hopkins, Leigh Righton, Eldon Underhill, and Mel Yap. Read more

GOODS | “The Chinatown Experiment” All Set For November With New Pop-Up Series

October 28, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | November brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment, starting with the Bingo Bill Exchange and wrapping up with Citizen Grace (with plenty of awesomeness in between). The following all take place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown…

October 25 – November 5 | Bingo Bill Exchange | Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to Kyrgyzstan last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and to commission more. The pop-up shop will feature brightly coloured and soft Shydraks as well as other furnishings and wearables from Kyrgyzstan such as ottomans, cushions, hats, scarves, slippers, bracelets and more. Prices will range from $15 to $3000.

November 8 – 24 | Forest & Waves | Forest & Waves began in 2012 as a way to combine the maker’s love for design with his experiences backpacking and surfing around the world. The company’s name pays homage to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest: the smell of cedar, the waves hitting the shore, and the winds rustling throughout. It also reflects Ed’s childhood growing up in a seaside village in Taiwan.

November 26 | The Big Help | The Big Help is a series of drawings based on giving directions. It explores the informal process whereby people are able to define markers as a way of illustrating a path. Casually recounting landmarks, buildings, objects, shapes, even colours, each direction brackets out something memorable or important about how to get somewhere. Open from 6pm – 10pm.

November 29 – 30 | Citizen Grace | Fresh from the successful Neighbourhood Collective shop, local online fashion retailer Citizen Grace returns for their second solo pop-up.

GOODS | The October Line-Up Of Events At The Chinatown Experiment On Columbia St.

September 27, 2013 

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

Vancouver, BC | October brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment. The journey starts in the Albertan tundra and then across to the villages of Central Asia. It all takes place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown.

Sept 25 -­ October 22 2013 | IZM Furniture (www.izm.ca) | Izm is a furniture design/manufacturing studio based in Edmonton, Alberta. Izm’s modern aesthetic is one of simplicity. Raised on the Alberta prairies, IZM founders Jerad Mack and Shane Pawluk developed a design aesthetic inspired by low horizons and minimalist vistas. Every line has a function; every detail, a utility. Reinforcing this style is a refined craftsmanship honed over a decade of furniture production. Izm has been recognized as a leader in the North American design industry winning the Best of Year award from Interior Design Magazine (New York), Best of Canada from Canadian Interiors, and Canadian Designers of the Yearfrom Western Living.

October 25 ­- November 5, 2013 | Bingo Bill Exchange (www.bingobillexchange.com) | Shyrdaks are soft, 100% wool felt carpets made in bold and contemporary colours. They are striking but simple appliqué designs handmade in Kyrgyzstan. Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to this little known country in Central Asia last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and commission more work. This enables Kyrgyz women to pass on thousand­year­old techniques to younger generations of artisans. Originally made to decorate and insulate the portable dwellings of the nomadic Kyrgyz, contemporary Shyrdaks are now being snapped up by design sophisticates internationally. Read more

HEADS UP | “Chinatown Experiment” To Celebrate Anniversary WIth Group Pop-Up

September 17, 2013 

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by Michelle Sproule | To mark The Chinatown Experiment’s impending first year anniversary, they are organizing a pop up shop of their own called “Neighbourhood Collective”. Starting today and running through to the 22nd, it will feature many of the space’s alumni together with fashion retailers like Hey Jude, Citizen Grace, Strathcona Stockings, Chikum, Charlie & Grace, Jordan River Soapworks, and Truce Bags; artisanal food producers like Pella’s Gourmet, Yummus, Sugo Sauce, Edible Mark, Caramels by In the Oven, Sunday Morning Ice Cream, Nice Pop, Panoramic Coffee, and The Pie Shoppe; plus local artists Tristan Casey, Deirdre McAdams, Andy Grellman, and Janice Wu

The space will be arranged as a retail store with vendors products mixed throughout. “The goal is to see how each business’ products sell with the support of the others,” they write. “There is a very supportive community of young entrepreneurs in Vancouver and bringing them all together will help everyone’s brand. At the same time, they are all competing for shoppers’ wallet share so it will be interesting for businesses to see how their brand competes.”

The 1 Year Anniversary Party will take place from 7pm to 11pm on Friday, September 20th, and we hope to see you there. The shop – located at 434 Columbia St. in the heart of Chinatown – will be open during those hours for late night shopping, drinks, and music. They also plan on hosting a Neighbourhood BBQ on Sunday, September 22th to cap it all off (weather permitting).

HEADS UP: Get Creative With “The Laser Cutter Cafe” At The Chinatown Experiment

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by Michelle Sproule | Derek Gaw owns the coolest machine. Give him a jpeg, word document or vector file and he can use his Full Spectrum Laser Cutter to burn it in to anything from wood veneer to glass (I’ve even seen him use a potato chip as a canvas). With access to this laser cutter you can design and make art, puzzles, sculpture, signage — the sky’s the limit. Once you see what’s possible, you won’t be able to stop yourself from imagining what you could do if you could only get your hands on such a contraption. The lucky thing here is that Derek has set up said wonder-machine at The Chinatown Experiment on Columbia Street for the month of July (and a bit of August). Everyone is invited to check it out. Wander in to see what it can do and sign up for a 30 minute Safety and Basic Usage tutorial (that includes 30 minutes of laser cutting) for $25. Get busy now through August 6th. Doors are open and the machine is on from noon to 9pm every day.

434 Columbia St. | 30 Minute Laser Reservation $15, 120 Minute Laser Reservation $50 | DETAILS

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