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IKEA Opens Asian-Themed Showroom Café

IKEA Opens Asian-Themed Showroom Café
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The IKEA Lotus Collection Cafe in Tokyo lets people envision what it would be like to use their products IRL.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 5 may 2014

Folks in Tokyo, Japan can experience for themselves what it is like to lounge around in a place that’s completely furnished with pieces from the Swedish furniture company by visiting the recently-opened IKEA Lotus Collection Cafe.

The cafe is open for a limited time and serves as a showroom for the company’s latest line, the Lotus Collection, which was inspired by Southeast Asia. Naturally, the Lotus Collection Cafe has a very “Asian resort” feel to it and lets visitors see, feel and try out the different pieces from the collection for themselves.

The cafe is completely outfitted in products from the new collection and even includes items that are unusual for a cafe, like a full-size bed. Aside from dining tables, the Lotus Collection Cafe also includes home furnishings for specific areas like a living room or lounge area with a couch with fluffy throw pillows and a coffee table. Every piece of home furnishing, every tableware, accessories, or furniture that is available in the cafe is also available for purchase.

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The IKEA Lotus Collection cafe is set up in what normally is the HOME dining cafe and gallery. The cafe serves Italian dishes and desserts, and a special menu of IKEA food that includes items like “Swedish meatballs” and “Salmon marinated spring rolls.” The cafe also serves two kinds of Swedish drinks.

The Lotus Collection Cafe helps immerse people in IKEA products and lets them experience the items before purchasing them for their own homes. Sitting and dining in a place filled with different items made by the company helps people envision the items in their own personal spaces. It can also give them ideas on how to use the pieces and how to set up their own spaces. Visitors can find out more about the items by visiting the IKEA website or by inquiring from the friendly IKEA staff.

The cafe opened last April 29th and is only open until May 6th. After that, it goes back to being the HOME dining cafe and gallery.

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