5 Things To Know About TEMPORIUM Pop-up Shop

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Little India might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a cool new cafe or shop space. Enter TEMPORIUM, a brand new pop-up shop that is occupying two shophouses at 72 & 74 Dunlop street. Before you assume that it’s “another pop-up project” riding on all the hype created by hipster cafes and concept shops, it’s actually a pretty brilliant get-together of many, many up-and-coming and established designers, craftsmen and artists. Here are 5 reasons why you need to swing by Little India to check out TEMPORIUM before it shutters its doors next Spring.

1. You will not be bored

TEMORIUM occupies 4000 sq ft spread over two levels. In one single visit you can kill four birds with one stone. Shop, dine, attend exhibitions and workshops all under one roof. You have no excuses to get out or run out of ideas on how to spend your spare time meaningfully.

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2. Fancy bowls and cups… not only your food has texture

Papa Palheta X Weekend Worker x Chef Wilin Low (Wild Rocket restaurant) are collaborating for the F&B portion of TEMPORIUM titled “Compl(e)ments Of” to provide a customized dining experience. The food and coffee will be served in ceramic wares designed by Weekend Worker, a local ceramics collective. This also means that your Instagram photos of your Salmon red rice Donburi or coffee are going to look pretty damn spectacular.

3. Supporting emerging designers just gotten easier.

For the retail side some of the most promising local labels are amongst the line-up for the duration of the pop-up. TEMPORIUM’s brands include menswear labels SUNDAYS and MILS; womenswear Stolen, Yumumu, Laark; accessories Ling Wu, Fabrix and Stone for Gold; and jewelry Saught, Woon Hung and By Invite Only. I’ve probably just named less than half of all the labels that will be stocked at TEMPORIUM.

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4. Come cross over to the white side…

Within this mammoth shophouse space there’s an empty white washed gallery space measuring about 11 metres x 11 metres in length and height. In TEMPORIUM gallery, BooksActually will be launching a series of books to go along with the installations created by five craftsmen (a potter, an embroiderer, a leathersmith, a jeweler and a clothesmaker) based on a shared theme.

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5. A Classroom at Little India

To be announced on a later date will be workshops on niche crafts and interests like pottery, leatherworking, coffee appreciation and gentlemen’s grooming. Stay tuned for that.

TEMPORIUM is planned to be an annual event created by Tofu, a creative studio, and Breezeway, a boutique developer. After Dunlop street, two more properties are already lined up for 2014 and 2015.