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A taste of Sweden welcomes the arrival of IKEA

Gina Ciancio

A little Swedish village has opened its doors in the Majura Park precinct to celebrate the soon-to-open IKEA Canberra.

‘Explore IKEA’ is a new exhibition offering Canberrans a flavour of what’s to come with the opening of a full concept IKEA store in just a few months. The October/November opening date is yet to be confirmed but Store Manager Mark Mitchinson says we’re in for an experience.

IKEA_Concept store

“The store will be 26,000 square metres, offering Canberrans all solutions to the home – addressing their wants, needs and frustrations,” he says.

So what can you expect from IKEA Canberra?

This store will be one of the largest in Australia and house their four series – Scandinavian traditional, Scandinavian modern, popular modern and popular traditional.


“Twenty five per cent, or around 2,000 articles, will be turned over each year and the store won’t just carry entry items – we’ll have something for everyone, wherever they are in life,” says Mark.

More than a homewares and furniture store though, IKEA Canberra will also include a large sit-down restaurant, bistro and Swedish food market.

Many Canberrans are hotly anticipating the opening, saying they “can’t wait” on social media. It will save on delivery costs or travelling to Sydney or Melbourne to experience IKEA.


With the Scandinavian design trend only gaining popularity, there is definitely excitement for the Mecca of Scandi-homewares coming to town.

While some may fear the opening of IKEA Canberra could be to the detriment of local homewares and furniture stores, it offers buyers an opportunity to mix IKEA’s affordable products with higher-end or locally made boutique items. After all, a stylish home is all about layering and combining pieces that reflect your personality.

You can visit the ‘Explore IKEA’ exhibition on weekends between 10am and 4pm over the next 12 weeks at the Majura Park shopping centre between Jim Murphy’s and Costco. Pop in to see what’s to come and enjoy some traditional Swedish snacks while you’re there.


Gina Ciancio

Gina Ciancio is the blogger behind STYLE CURATOR, a home and interiors blog that's all about the pursuit of a stylish home. At STYLE CURATOR you’ll find loads of design inspiration, interviews with designers and upcoming artists, how-tos, top finds for your home and lots of other stylish news. More about the Author

  • Monica

    It’s only open on weekends 10-4pm.

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