House of MinaLima Celebrates its Third Birthday!

07 June 2019
House of MinaLima, Events, MinaLima Chronicle

On the 6th of June 2016,
we opened the doors to our gallery in Soho.

It was an incredible moment. We’d spent months selecting perfect paint shades, plastering the walls with pages from Daily Prophet newspapers and filling antique cabinets with original props we’d designed for Wizarding World film sets.

In fact, the artwork on display represented over 15 years of work together, from the artifacts we’d fashioned for the Wizarding World films, to our playful series of Collective Noun prints.

From the very first moment that we stepped through the doors, we knew the house would be the perfect place to bring our creations to life. We initially planned to keep the gallery open until February 2017 … however, it quickly became clear that the gallery was here to stay!

Three years later, and our “pop-up” can’t really be called a pop-up anymore! Since we embarked on this adventure the four floors of House of MinaLima have seen plenty of magic unfold: three of our Illustrated Classic book launches, two Wizarding World films released, a proposal and more window displays than we can count.

A small selection.

We’ve discussed our work at MinaLima Lates events, mixed pink cocktails for Valentine’s day, and every Christmas has seen the house festooned with decorations, hand crafted by our staff (who inevitably ended up covered in ribbons and glitter!)

We’ve also been lucky enough to bring House of MinaLima to locations around the world, with pop-ups in France and Japan, as well as trips to Orlando for Celebration of Harry Potter and to Dublin for Leaky Con. In April this year, we were thrilled to launch House of MinaLima in Osaka, and were overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received there!

The best part has been sharing our house with so many wonderful witches and wizards, whether you’ve just stumbled across the gallery for the first time, or have followed our work from MinaLima’s inception. We’ve loved hearing about your experiences at the gallery, the quirks that you’ve spotted, and the conversations you’ve had with our staff.

The gallery floors are constantly evolving (we have some experts in transfiguration among us) and we hope that every visit will reveal something different; whether its the tiniest of details that you suddenly notice in a favourite print, a newly released piece of artwork, or a room that’s been totally transformed…

The many faces the first floor has had over the years.

And, of course, with three candles on our cake, we have had a busy week-long birthday party, which continues until Sunday 9 June. Celebrate with special events and exclusive offers, stop by to discover secret stories, and get your hands on some gifts and goodies.

What are your favourite MinaLima memories? Let us know by tagging us on social media

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