Mjolk Holiday Gift Guide

December 16th, 2014

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A little late to the game, but we wanted to use this opportunity to share some new products that we have in the shop, while providing some unique gift ideas for those folks you may he humming and hawing over.

Some of these items have just arrived to us, and are not uploaded to our webstore yet. If you would like to place an order right away, please just send your list along with your address to our Mjolk email.

Also a reminder of holiday shipping guidelines, as per Canada Post.

From Left:

Patina Copper Lantern (mini) - $160

Bamboo Charcoal Incense Sticks (NEW) – $20

Celadon Incense Holder by Renaud Sauve (NEW, one only) - $600

Match Box, with matches (large – NEW) – $35

Candle Snuff by Renaud Sauve (NEW) – $220

Float Candleholder by Anderssen Voll (NEW) – $59

Match Box, with matches (NEW, small, brass. Also comes in small, black) – $45 in brass / $25 black

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Unique vase by Studio Prepa – $190

Tajika Copper Scissors – $95 ($85 for small)

Ume (Japanese Cherry) plate by Ryuji Mitani - $200

Hand Broom with Cedar Dustpan (NEW) – $135

Unique Coral chopstick rests, selected by Jurgen Lehl (limited availability) – $120

Timeline Bowl by Luca Nichetto – $120

Groove Marble Trivet by Hallgeir Homstvedt (NEW, large size pictured) – $65/79

Ihada Muddler/Jam Spoon by Oji Masanori (silver & sandcast brass)- $70

Ihada Butter Knife by Oji Masanori (silver & sandcast brass) – $85

Ihada Spice /Tea Powder Spoon by Oji Masanori (silver & sandcast brass) – $50

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Cast Iron Fry Pan by Nobuho Miya (NEW) – $200

Carved wooden spoon (NEW) – $35

Hinoki rice scoop (NEW) – $27

Olive Oil (NEW) – $35

Handwoven Copper Netted Tray (NEW) – good as a cooling rack for fried or baked foods – $150

Copper Deep Fry or Tofu Server (NEW) – $80

Hand Hammered Pot – $360

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Wood Kami mug by Oji Masanori – $75

Jicon mug by Oji Masanori – $50

Three types of tea by Jurgen Lehl (NEW) – Hojicha Roasted Green Tea currently available online, all available in store – $15

Copper Tea Leaf Container (NEW, medium size shown, also come in a small size) – $85/$110

Wood lidded thermos (NEW, comes in three sizes) – $157 / $170 / $175

Handmade Bamboo Tea whisk (NEW) – $50

Copper tea strainer (NEW) – $85

Push Coffee Press by Mette Duedahl (NEW) – $159

Cross wood trivet by Ryuji Mitani – $120

Jurgen Lehl Ethiopian Forest Honey (NEW) – $25

 

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Jurgen Lehl Jatamansi Soap – $20

Jurgen Lehl Jatamansi Shampoo – $35

Jurgen Lehl Jatamansi Rinse – $35

Jurgen Lehl Lip balm scented with Jatamansi extract – $22

Goat Hair Face Brush – $22

Jurgen Lehl Bamboo Charcoal Soap - $35

Jurgen Lehl Shea Butter – $40

Hudsalve – $12

Jurgen Lehl White Bath Towel – $85

Hinoki bath stool – $170

Hinoki Bath Bowl – $120

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From left:

Vase by Matthias Kaiser (NEW) – $325

Tetu Iron Door Stop – $75

Porcelain Wave Brush Holder by Renaud Sauve – $200

Porcelain Paint Palette by Renaud Sauve (large) – $220 ($190 for small)

Porcelain Calligraphy Water Dropper Suiteki by Renaud Sauve - $220

Red Lacquer Box (NEW) – $275

Ihada Brass Tool Holder (small) by Oji Masanori – $200

Ihada Brass Tape Dispenser by Oji Masanori – $240

 

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CEREMONY by Claesson Koivisto Rune

December 16th, 2014

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CEREMONY tray/trivet, milk and sugar set by Claesson Koivisto Rune now available online and in store.

Swedish life in general is rather informal. Society has done away with most old fashioned rituals and form of address. But we do drink a lot of coffee. In fact, Sweden ranks as the world’s top consumer of it. In business and in private it is customary to serve coffee or ’fika’ whenever we meet. And it’s always very casually offered, but in its practice fika is in fact a kind of modern ceremony. Up to five or eight times a day.

Welcome to our fika. Or, if that’s not your cup of tea, the pitcher works equally well for maple syrup.

- Cleasson Koivisto Rune

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So long my friend

December 15th, 2014

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Last night we said goodbye to our beautiful friend Isha. She was 18 years old and her kidneys and other ailments had caught up to her age.

We found her (and handsome Grover) at the Toronto Humane Society. If you’re ever looking to adopt, please don’t pass these older cats up – they still have so much love to give and receive.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

December 12th, 2014

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Last week we visited Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first time. It’s an open air museum located just a short drive north from us. We go all in for this sort of thing, and it being close to Christmas I figured it’d be extra nice with the holiday decorations.

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Broom making house. Love the paint colour and shaker style rails.

 

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Again with the lovely paint colour, and benches.

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Chasing light in the town hall.

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Afternoon winter light in the bedroom.

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She really just wanted to see “the animals”.

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Seeing the loom was of interest, as we have been reading Pelle’s New Suit (thank you to the customer who gifted it).

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They actually sell all the things that are made in the various building, like weaving, tin lanterns and decorations, children’s bonnets, etc. Kind of clever as they teach while making.

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In the doctor’s waiting room, waiting for us to stop taking photos.

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The one benefit to having our weekends during the week is avoiding crowds.

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The horse happily trotted over to say hi, and upon discovering we didn’t have any treats, proceeded to give us some shade.

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Spoons hanging by the fireplace.

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One day we’d like to do a tour of Shaker museums in the US. This will have to do for now!

Has anyone ever toured the Shaker museums in the American NE? Would love recommendations…

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Nature Break: Centennial Park Conservatory

December 9th, 2014

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One thing I am thankful for is that the people I follow on Instagram often post about places in Toronto that I have yet to discover (@fieldguided, @framestory and @blaisemisiek). The Centennial Park Conservatory is just a short drive from us in Etobicoke. It has three sections, tropicals, cacti and seasonal. Oh and it’s free. One thing I’ve noticed about having kids, it IS expensive if you ever want to leave your house and not go to a park. A day out can cost close to $100, between parking, food and admission. So it’s always such a delight when there is something to do that is simple and free. Of course, toddlers don’t go at the same pace as we do, so we were done within 15 minutes, but I can see it being a nice place to visit in the thick of winter, for a quick escape!

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On the way home we stopped in a Ma Maison on Dundas West for a treat of croissants and lattes.

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Hallway art

December 2nd, 2014

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When we first moved into our renovated apartment above the store all of the walls were bare and it’s been a long process getting around to finding the right home for all of our art work and also acquiring new pieces to fill out our long hallway between the kitchen and the living room. We have always imagined having a wall committed to a mixture of art work in different mediums and sizes and mixing found works with contemporary pieces.

Here is our work in progress.

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A midcentury encaustic work we purchased at Rogue Gallery in Leslieville when it was still open. To the right is a hanging broom by Oji Masanori and a bouquet of dry lavender. The Turkey feather is used as a duster for ash during the Japanese Tea Ceremony and there’s a little bit of Renaud Sauvé’s wave tile work peeking in too.

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A calculated risk with having small vignettes on small tables, a curious baby who likes to put things into his mouth.

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An African Dan Mask, something I really love because it is a mask celebrating beauty. The small teeth are real baby teeth, marking the transition between childhood and womanhood. The bead work underneath is used to cover a Zulu tribe ceramic pot used to ferment beer.

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Two very gifted contemporary artists, on the left Canadian painter Matthew Feyld, and the right American painter Paul Wackers, all from Narwhal.

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An abstract painting by Japanese painter Junpei Ori inspired by objects designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. A copper bowl by Tapio Wirkkala, and a mid-century hand-turned teak bowl from Denmark.

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Some inspirational books by Jurgen Lehl.

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A Max Papart print found at the Junction Flea Market last summer, smartly framed in white oak.

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Oh hai!

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Kuba panel textile from LATRE, just down the street from us. Along with our Shoji Cabinet to the left, originally designed for our apartment but now available to order. Above that is a beautiful photograph by Joshua Jensen Nagel who uses expired Polaroid film.

 

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