Thom Fougere Fire Tools Prototypa talk at iidex 2017

December 12th, 2017

A few weeks ago Thom Fougere was invited by Swedish design firm Form Us With Love to give a talk at their Prototypa forum at iidex Toronto. It was an opportunity to have an intimate discussion about the process of design and production. From initial sketches and working through the form three dimensionally and materially, to finding manufacturing solutions, there are a lot of steps to bring a product to the retail market.

The first step was a loose exploration of form in charcoal.

Sketches along with the stand prototype in foreground, and finished product in background.

The various stages of the poker (foreground) and shovel (background).

I managed to capture some snippets of the talk.


Thom talks about how far along into the design process he was when he spoke with John and Juli from Mjölk about the project.

Thom talks about his unique shovel design.


Here he talks about process when designing a new product.

The booth set up, post talk. Thank you to Form Us With Love for inviting Thom to talk about the fire tools. It was such a great way to discuss all of his and our effort in bringing these tools to life.

Available at Mjölk.


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Børge Mogensen Cabinets

October 10th, 2017

The back end of our kitchen has always been up for debate. During the early process with Studio Junction we had planned on having built in cabinetry and a bench but as the project wore on we did away with the idea–we were never fully sure of it and financially it was no longer feasible. Since we moved in we had a nice glass topped cabinet along this wall but the proportion wasn’t quite right and it didn’t provide nearly enough of the right kind of storage.

Recently we acquired three vintage Børge Mogensen cabinets, which we’ve always admired. Their proportion fills the space better and they provide ample storage for anything from dish towels to the dreaded tupperware drawer. As a bonus, they compliment all of the other Mogensen furniture we have.

The brass hardware is such a knock out.

The third cabinet is slightly different in scale, which is a bit annoying but so far it is serving as a great way to contain the kid mess. They each have a drawer for finished work, and then there is a drawer for paper, one for workbooks etc, and one for other materials. I think the point with this area is that it is fluid. As the children grow, the kids table and kitchen will go and the corner will most likely become a space to do homework.


The view of the cabinets when you come up the stairs (minus Howell photo bomb).

We have a lot of accessories…good thing we have a new project coming up so we can thin them out! Stay tuned!

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October 2nd, 2017

Last week we were excited to finally host Keisuke and Michiko Iwata, with a joint exhibition at Mjölk. It’s been a few years since we first met them at their home near Fukuoka and featured them in Mjölk Volume 4.

Please have a look below to get a sense of the show. There are still some beautiful and unique works available online as well.





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Yam Lau at Mjölk

September 26th, 2017

Template for Gardens by Yam Lau is a permanent art/architectural intervention embedded in the interior of Mjölk. The work invokes multiple trajectories and differentiations within the space. Mjölk exemplifies a unique sensibility and ethic of living that is endearing to the artist. It is fitting to implant an artwork that partakes in this position. A text by Derek Coulombe accompanies the project.

Yam Lau is an artist based in Toronto.  He teaches at York University and operates China Town, a project venue for art and design with his partner Morna Gamblin.

Derek Coulombe is an artist and writer based in Toronto. Currently he is a candidate in the practice-based PhD program in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at York University.

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New &Tradition in the Showroom at Mjölk

September 13th, 2017

The autumn air has blown some new pieces of furniture from &Tradition into the showroom this week.

We also recently received some new Tomiyama Koichi pieces as well (Fuuka Big Circle tray pictured above).

The Moor Rug by All the Way to Paris in Red Heather.
Fly Table SC11 with smoked oak legs and gorgeous Pietra di Fossena top.

Touch tray by Studioilse.

A detail shot of the Mayor sofa and brass Bellevue floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen. Mayor sofa fabric is a mole mohair, with smoked oak legs.


The Catch lounge chair by Jaime Hayon.



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Child’s Bedroom Update

September 11th, 2017

As our daughter heads into the school years, her bedroom was in need of an update. On our last cottage weekend of the summer we popped by our favourite local shop Lilli’s Antiques. She happened to have the most perfectly sized little writing desk and chair. Now our daughter has a space to reflect, practice writing, do some drawing, and have some quiet time.

Accompanying the desk is a bulletin board from Svenskt Tenn. We got her a Fuji Instax for her birthday so it’s a good little spot to display her photos.

In other home news, we moved the glass topped Luc cabinet to the entry and it serves a better purpose there. New art includes an Axel Salto print.

The other major updates to the room are the String shelving in white oak and a new bed. We had been coveting the low wood loft bed by Oliver Furniture and because this room is left open to the hallway during the day, we didn’t want to compromise. It’s unfortunately not rated for North America so there are no retailers here. We had to order via Illums Bolighus in Denmark.

You can see the Svenskt Tenn wallpaper peeking in from the shared closet area.

Last on the agenda for this room is figuring out the window treatments (we’ve had two fails thus far so I am reluctant to explore anything further) and doing some planting in the lower courtyard. Although the bamboo is still alive all the leaves are higher up, so there isn’t much to look at from the lower level.

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