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Pop-up, Sit down

Glasses awaiting bubbles at Sit

The phenomenon of the pop-up business is spreading within Calgary. Restaurants and retail stores are embracing the trend. Side-project businesses are located offsite and are often open only for a short period of time.

Last night, the fashionable design and furniture store Domicile premiered its pop-up shop SIT Interiors. Scheduled to be open for six months, SIT is not only an offshoot furniture and accessories store, but an arts and food-event space. Located in the Design District in the former Nood space (820 – 11 AVE SW), it features contemporary furniture by the likes of Matthew Hilton as well as funky children’s furnishings and accessories by Baby Bot.

The SIT launch featured an appearance and talk by British industrial designer Matthew Hilton. His three-decade career has seen him work with highly regarded international design manufacturers including Paul Smith and Habitat. His eponymous brand features elegantly modern pieces, which are available for order at Domicile.

The SIT space features a bar, and the temporary venue has partnered with Metrovino and Village Brewery for its events. Alley Burger and Red Truck Diner food trucks were on hand for the launch, serving delicious pork sliders and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches respectively. Visitors can expect further collaborations with food trucks in the future.

On May 25, SIT will screen TEDxCalgary, the Calgary off-shoot of the TED Conference, featuring lectures by the likes of musicians, explorers, filmmakers and industrialists. The screening will be held in conjunction with Village Brewery. On May 26, will Hot One Inch Action’s button art and design fair where students from ACAD will reproduce their work on button pins. At the interactive sale, purchase a $5 grab bag of buttons and trade with other visitors.   – Adele Brunnhofer

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