A freelance writer and academic, living in Brisbane.
Published September 12th 2014
Bright ideas in a bright space
I love this shop. Rather, I love this space, I guess, because Showroom is more than a shop. Housed in a beautiful, sunlit, white-walled Queenslander, Showroom stocks gorgeous wares from local online shops and designers. The creator, Catherine, calls it a "concept storefront and workshop space". As well as showcasing interesting home wares, furnishings, stationery and plants, Showroom hosts workshops, such as cake decorating, flower arranging and terrarium making.
The idea of Showroom is to provide a hub for small businesses to collectively show their wares without the logistic challenges of going it alone. Rather than stock the same wares found in many shops across Brisbane, the aim is to showcase new and innovative products from up and coming designers, inspired by international trends.
The last two times I visited, the fare on show ranged from rugs and cushions to mini cacti pots, light boxes, terrariums, mason jars, gift cards, washi tape and other crafting supplies. There was also a pop-up shop on the front verandah selling bamboo leisure and active wear.
In the coming weeks, a verandah of the Queenslander will be converted to a dedicated space for their regular workshops. The verandah will be painted the signature white and provide a light, bright space to learn bright ideas and techniques. The website lists upcoming events or you can sign up for the email list or follow Showroom on Facebook and Instagram. These courses have a fee which includes all supplies with a cuppa and a few delicious treats thrown in, including gluten-free and dairy-free options.