What’s next after boxXshop 2013?

BoxXshop 2013 by onahazymorning.com

BIG THANKS to all the boxxshoppers, especially for those who helped to build it up and down!
I couldn’t imagine that boxxshop would happen again this year, until Eliane jumped out to help organizing the event. This year, all the boxes looked really beautiful and charming, and I hope you all had a good time meeting people besides selling.

Every year after the event, I always had lots of reflections. When boxxshop was first launched in 2011, this small scale, handmade xmas market was still quite unique, offering products that people can’t find in the normal markets (you can also watch this short video about our original idea). In shortly two years, ‘creative markets’ have become a hype and online shops were also fast growing stimulated by the online marketplaces, such as Etsy. With so many xmas markets popping up every year, what else can we offer to people then just selling products?

I think these days people don’t want to be ‘the consumers’ only. Facts show that more and more people are actively involving in the production process; it happened in the food industry as well as in the design industry. If I may fantasize about the next event, it would focus more on the ‘process of making’ rather than the ‘end product’. This is what interests me most in all my projects, to connect people back to the production process so we can together shape the future economy!!

And you? What is your say about boxxshop? Tell me more about your idea, or simply leave a comment here.

(Thank you On a Hazy Morning for your lovely photos!)

(Thank you Marieke van den Boogaard for your lovely iphone photos!)

Event announcement: boxXshop

INVITATION2013

Date: Thursday November 28, 2013
Time: 6pm-9pm (Koopavond)
Place: Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam

Fancy a quirky Xmas market with 100% handmade cute little gift?

boxXshop is a very special 180 minutes Christmas market on the Thursday Shopping Evening at Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam. During the event, Lloyd Hotel’s library will be transformed into 22 gift shops with limited edition handmade gifts for Sinterklaas and Christmas.

22 designers and makers will be selling their handmade goodies ranging from paper & print, jewelry, ceramics, crochet to yummy edible gifts presented in different box shops – after the event, all the boxes will be demolished and re-installed again as the library.

boxXshop is the place to be for you who fancy an alternative Christmas market, and who want to enjoying shopping in delightful Thursday evening in a cozy place. You can find us on Thursday November 28th at Lloyd Hotel. We will be there from 6-9pm…See you then!? Oh, and don’t forget to bring your cash!

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Below you will find more info and impressions from our past events in 2011 and 2012.
You can get an impression of boxXshop 2011 by this video or these photos.

installing the boxXshop

33 makers and designers will offer you diverse handmade gifts perfect for Sinterklaas & Xmas

You can check this post The day of boxXshop to see how boxXshop was built together in 2 hours.

boxXshop is built by these boxes, currently used as Lloyd Hotel library’s storage

*This year boxXshop is made possible by
Lloyd Hotel
& Cultural Embassy, Nest Project and Eliane Roest.

boxXshop is calling for designers and makers!

Thank you for your interest! The registration is closed on October 31.

This year boxXshop will be launched again at Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam! Do you have unique handmade gifts for sale? Register a box today.

What is boxXshop?

A pop-up gift shop made of boxes.
Every box is a mini retail store (or a showroom).
Check this story to get some impressions: The day of boxXshop

When and where?

Saturday evening from 6pm-9pm, December 1, 2012 at Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam.

What can you sell?

1. Your own handmade arts & crafts & food…etc.
2. Delicate and affordable products under the price of 50 euro.
3. Unique gifts for the holiday season.

4. Objects that are no larger than the box: width 68 cm – length 35 cm – depth 37.5 cm

How does your boxXshop look like?

It is a multiplex-framed box: width 68 cm – length 35 cm – depth 37.5 cm

How to participate?

You can rent a box to become one of the boxXshop owner. Rent one box is 20 euro (price excl. btw).

This will include:
1. Shop space – beautiful multiplex-made box.
2. Publicity – you can expose your work at a great location.
3. PR - boxXshop was promoted by Etsy, Dutchhandmade, Lloyd Hotel & 101 woonideeen, strawberry earth and the participants last year…and this year we will again collaboratively promote the event.
4. Network – you will meet other designers and makers who share the same interests and experiences with you.

How about the insurance?

All the damages will be at the participants’ own risk.

How many boxes are available for rent?

There are 30 boxes available for rent.

How to participate?

Please send a email with your name, contact info and few pictures of your work to us. After reviewing your work, we will react to you and provide you further information.

How will boxXshop be constructed?

boxXshop will be assembled collaboratively by all the participants – yes, it is a great chance to meet other designers and makers who might become your future collaborators!

Lloyd HotelboxXshop is a collaboration between Lloyd hotel & cultural embassy and Nest Project. Join our event page and spread the CALL to your friends please :)

Pop-up! Temporary use of niche spaces

In the last post Pop-up! Creative use of niche spaces #2 I have shared some cases of shared storefronts, collaborative shops and temporary use spotted in Taiwan. Those urban happenings are interesting though often motivated by short term profits. Here I’d like to share some international cases that have more longer-term impacts on the use of urban niche spaces:

////// Restaurant Day, Helsinki ////// A day for anyone to start up a guerrilla restaurant

Image by jonnatammisto

Restaurant Day is a food carnival in Helsinki when anyone can open a restaurant for a day, and the best of all is – no permits needed! Imagine that you can order a sandwich that is served in a basket, lowering down from a 3rd floor apartment window?

Image by jonnatammisto

The 4th pop-up restaurant day was just celebrated on February 4th 2012. It has been a success because it encouraged everyone to be creative in making food (which most people like to do), making a one day business (with lots of fun) and turning a home or a street into a restaurant (like a carnival). As described in The Pop-up City:

…a Forager Baker kitchen where everyone could make their own pizza from fresh picked ingredients in a stone oven and a Soup King serving soup and advising its customers to buy plates in the nearby flea. Restaurant Day was organised through a Facebook event and food was literally popping everywhere; in the streets, parks, clothing shops as well as Helsinki homes.

It’s interesting to see how this experiment keeps encouraging more fresh restaurant concepts, and how the urban regulation will react to this informal initiative. To get more impressions of Restaurant Day you can check this Flickr album

////// Meanwhile Space ////// Connecting temporary users to vacant properties

Meanwhile Space connects temporary users (e.g. artists, start-up entrepreneurs or charities) to landlords with available spaces, in which temporary leases are organized. As described Meanwhile Space’s mission:

Meanwhile Space works with landlords, landowners, developers and local authorities to relieve them temporarily of liabilities (insurance, rates, security etc.) associated with holding redundant shops, offices, cleared land etc. whilst an appropriate commercial solution is being sought. By working with local communities and other stakeholders, interim or ‘Meanwhile,’ uses are deployed to reanimate the space and provide opportunities for community benefit and social enterprise.

This creates mutual benefit for both the vacant property owners and the temporary users who, on the one side can finally release their frozen properties, and on the other side can finally afford spaces to start up. On Meanwhile space’s website you can find practical resources / handbooks that describe how Meanwhile Lease works for both the landlords & users.

One of their initiatives is using a former Subway shop in Exmouth Market in London, which has already hosted many projects from an exhibition space (The Pallet Project during Clerkenwell Design Week), a vintage clothing shop (Harry’s smile) to a cake shop (Roving Chef).

The former Subway shop has been vacant for two years before Meanwhile Space re-activate it.

Launch of The Pallet Project. Images by Robyn-Louise Simms, New Deal of the Mind

Roving Chef - a one-week cake shop at the end of August, 2011.

Click this Meanwhile Space Forum to see more images of these projects.

////// REC, Igualada ////// 3-days event that turns a village into a fashion outlet

Preparation of the pop-up shop Desigual at REC store. Image source: http://www.recstores.com

REC claims itself as ‘experimental store’ by transforming old factories in the village Igualada into pop-up shops, where the emerging design brands offer their stock at incredible (affordable) prices. What makes this initiative exciting is the choice of location – a decaying town that has a long tradition of tanning and textile industries. This event thus connects the locals, physically and mentally, back to their industrial heritage & tradition.

The following video shows the first edition of REC.01, giving an impression of Igualada and the process of reviving abandoned buildings:

The REC.05 is going to celebrate its 5th edition during June 6-8, 2012. Click this google map to browse the route of this year.

The day of boxXshop

December 1, 2011, Amsterdam

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2:30 pm Raining cats and dogs

Together with 7 volunteers who rushed to Lloyd Hotel through the rain, we began our boxXshop construction. In less than a hour, we gathered 44 boxes from here-and-there of Lloyd Hotel, clean out the books and assembled two boxXshops in two separated platforms.

boxXshop at the lower platform

boxXshop at the upper platform

boxXshop at the upper platform

3.30 pm Installing boxXshop
Participants were arriving and installing their boxes. This is a very interesting moment to see the growing diversity of shops in the boxes. One of the participants has made a special inner frame, which fit exactly into the box…great job!

The frame fit perfectly in the box; a beautiful way to display

Participants installing the boxXshop

Participants installing the boxXshop

6.00 pm Now let’s kick off!
Before we knew, people already started to flow into the two platforms where our boxXshops were located. From now on, the streams of visitors continued, even the rain outside did not stop people coming in. It was a great boxXshop experience!

First group of people came in~

Two platforms were filled with Thursday evening shoppers who came through the rain

11.00 am, December 2
Next morning another 7 volunteers came back to Lloyd Hotel with me, to demolish our boxes installation and re-assemble the boxes back to their original state. That was a bit puzzeling because the boxes were from different places and loaded with different things inside. But again, it was all done within an hour~Then we had a nice treat of apple pie to officially end our event.

See the boxes at the background? #Cradle-to-cradle

* * * * * * special thanks * * * * * *
boxXshop was created not only as a popup shop but also a social event, where participants could promote their handmade work and enjoy creating a temporary shop together.
Thanks to Lloyd Hotel who has greatly supported us – free space plus the Library boxes in which we could temporarily use for one evening.
Etsy / Dutchhandmade has also showed great interest in supporting our event, spreading the word to their community of handmade lovers and makers.
Of course, without our 30 enthusiastic participants, the event would not be realized. The fully engaged participants have made this event a memorable experience plus some new friendships.
* * * * * * final note * * * * * *
In total the event took 3 hours to install and 1 hour to demolish; all the boxes were returned to their original state, as if nothing happened…#cradle-to-cradle!
The only thing that I feel sorry about, is that it’s difficult to give every participant the same visibility. The same problem in our photo gallery – the selected photos only show some of boxes, who have better quality of lighting. Hopefully, this event will make all the participants feel like part of one collective shop…and that’s what it is about.
You can find more photos here: boxXshop, a set on Flickr.
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Sneak preview of boxx…

Thank you for your interest in boxXshop!! The registration is closed now.
There have been more than 50 letters of interest coming into our mailbox, and so far all the boxes are booked by 30 participants.

The 30 boxXshop owners are:
1. Anna Sutherland, architect and crafter
2. Anne-Lise Heydra, owner of anneliseheydra
3. Anne Olde Kalter, owner of La Farme
4. Caro de Bruin, owner of honoriginal
5. Caroline van der Bijl, owner of Stop Me
6. Daniela Castelbranco, owner of Futurerecycles
7. Eliane Roest, owner of Roest Haakt
8. Emma Repelaer van Driel, owner of WonderfulWall
9. Jo Barnett, owner of Berger Barnett Architects
10. Joana Pedroso, owner of Trincar Uvas
11. Ju-Hsuan Hsu, owner of ruru’s laboratory
12. Kaita Shinagawa, owner of Studio ku+
13. Liesbeth & Barrie, owner of pinipiru
14. Majorca de Greef, owner of Ton de Boer
15. Manon Maatje, owner of MAUK studio
16. Marta Pakovska, owner of Martice
17. Maroeka Deekman, owner of RoOkiez
18. Masaaki Oyamada, owner of Masaaki Oyamada
19. Nolda Vrielink, owner of Nolda Vrielink
20. Niki Clerx, owner of byNikiClerx
21. Pasquale Pontillo, owner of Archichef
22. Paula Huizingha, artist
23. Roxanne van den Berg, owner of VanRox
24. Sauling Wong, owner of essyello
25. Stephanie Lama, architect and dancer
26. Uno Shinagawa, owner of Unobento
27. Wilma Bosland, owner of Wilma Bosland
28. Nathalie Tura, owner of LaNina Quilts

29. Iwona Wozniakowska, illustrator and architect
30. Agnieszka Gozdziuk, aga.flo

boxxshop participants

Here you can also view the work of all the boxXshop owners at once.

Follow updates about #boxXshop at our facebook page. More info about boxXshop click here.

why boxXshop?

How can we create maximum benefit by using limited resources of space and investment? boxXshop is created for starter designers and makers who need affordable niche spaces to kick off their new business. boxXshop is also intended to bring together designers and makers who are enthusiastic about creating a community for like-minded people.

>> This picture shows a typical box shop in Taipei, Taiwan.

Today online platform has made selling rather easy, such as Etsy, DaWanda & Craftori & Shopify. ‘If you have a skill, you have an economy.’ At the same time, people are showing an increasing interest to handmade-locally produced produces. This has enhanced the need to meet people in person, thus more and more platforms are based on the neighborhood, helps people to exchange skills or properties and above all, help people to meet each other.

Locally handmade products are limited and unique items; these are usually online-small business which needs only a temporary and small space to promote and to sell. A one-day-shop is thus a perfect platform for these artists, designers and makers to showcase their work and to interact with each others and the potential clients. boxXshop seeks the possibilities to nest in existing spaces and to create temporary shop-in-a-shop.

Another example of box shop

Pictures from Chapan Mart

On December 19, 2010, that freezing Sunday afternoon when most of the roads are covered with white snow and many public transports gave up running, many people have made their effort to our mini Christmas market.

We want to thank the artists & participants – Bea van den Berg, Marco, Masaaki Oyamada and Uno Fujisawa in Chapan Mart, who worked hard to serve the guests with snacks, drinks, games and art. We also want to thank Amanda Yiu, the owner of Formocha, who hosted the event with delicious Chinese tea.

Amanda has two store fronts: one side is used as a barber shop. Uno and Masaaki have taken this space during the event.

The other side is used as the Formocha tea gallery, Amanda, Marco & Bea have taken this space.

Click the pictures to see more on Flickr.