Well, winter looming outside our doors and we’re all spending a lot more time around the house and finally getting around to framing art and finding places to hang them. We have a couple of interesting antique Japanese *correction – Chinese scrolls (I bought these from a shop in Japan)* that we thought we should share with you. One is finding its home in a narrow wall in our bathroom to the right of the sink.
It is the popular motif of the plum blossom, but this one is the lucky double plum blossom *peach blossom?* ensuring a good spring. It’s a nice reminder during winter, the promise of the spring to come. Also, the artist used their finger print to make all of the little dots – I think that little bit of charm was what encouraged me to buy it.
A closeup detail of the finger prints used for the blossoms.
The other is just a fun piece that I bought for Elodie. When I saw the cats, bamboo and flowers I thought it would look great in her future bedroom. Plus one of the cats looks just like Isha! Elodie really likes this piece, she likes counting the cats.
Last night we had our opening of the LATrE indigo exhibition and capsule shop here at Mjölk. We are all huge fans of LATrE, and thought it would be very interesting to ask Brian to come up with a conceptual collection of home wares utilizing his impeccable sourcing skills, craftsmanship and of course his Indigo dyes.
In the front window Brian’s friend and merchandiser Jodee set up a beautiful display taking all of the tools from Brian’s workshop and transplanting to the store to show the equipment used in his dyeing process. This combined with the Dead stock WWII army tent turns the tools into artifacts of survival.
You can see the mason jars in the background with indigo dye.
Bamboo stirring sticks.
In the front / middle half of the showroom, Brian’s drop cloth from his studio is used as a rug.
Deadstock wool military socks with various Indigo dyeing methods.
Clothing rack with just a tiny sampling of the items that are currently available.
Along with the clothing articles, Brian made some incredible Boro-esque patchwork placemats made from military sailing fabric.
Only 6 available!
Also, indigo coasters!
We hope to see you while the exhibition is on!
We recently bought a copy of the new Remodelista book, which contains a mix of houses, kitchens, bathrooms and design ideas that are surprisingly accessible. It’s definitely a particular aesthetic, but of course one that we gravitate to: natural materials, plenty of white, and considered accessories.
Notably for us, we couldn’t believe it when Julianne Moore mentioned our shop in her foreword. I think her experience of using Remodelista is one that many can relate to. It’s the only resource on the internet that we’ve found that does such a great job of sourcing the best within a particular aesthetic. I mean, try googling “modern [insert fixture, furniture, accessory, building material etc here]“. I can guarantee you will spend a lot of time sifting through very unmodern products!
The aforementioned Sori Yanagi flatware. We use it at the cottage and love it. Substantial but not heavy, and the knife is so sharp it can cut steak easily.
We were also pleased to see Pia Wallen’s Cross Blanket in The Remodelista 100 listing.
But enough about us. The spaces featured all have a calm, homey feel. I really loved the Remodelista Headquarters, and their investment in mill work. That said, there are enough spaces to provide inspiration for more limited budgets.
In the Remodeling Reality section there are plenty of things to remember when renovating, and some good tips too.
Each featured space has a Steal this Look section. The Shaker peg display is something we were considering at the cottage (the bedrooms were never really finished).
Same goes for the wall of Josef Frank wallpaper. This is the exact one we were thinking about for Elodie’s bedroom! It’s nice to see it used in a large application.
You can get it here or preferably at your local independent bookshop or retailer.
So a cool thing happened! We ended up of the Government of Canada’s website for our CEREMONY set that was designed by Swedish architect firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. It is now my main mission to have this tea set ready for sale before December.
Here is the webpage: Link
I’m not going to lie, it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to blog properly. A mixture of travel, sickness and everyday life getting in the way. Things are happening over here but there’s no time to report on it! Who knew, kids need attention. A lot of it.
The last Junction Flea happened earlier in the month (sniffle) and it was a great run while it lasted! We thank Micah and Paul for putting it all together and wish them all the best for their future plans.
At the second to last flea (which I thought was the last flea) there was a piece of art that caught my eye, but price and mood got in the way. When I chanced upon it again at the actual last flea and found out the price was now $80, I just had to go for it. We had recently swapped out our sofa–it was time to let the 1960s sofa go – don’t worry, we replaced it with the same one, in natural–and found that our living room acquired a new vibe in the process.
I find it so hard to acquire art. On the one hand I want contemporary work but cannot necessarily afford to acquire it quickly. On the other hand I think it’s nice to balance the contemporary out with some older work. But striking a balance, and not going too kitchy is always a concern. I think this piece plays well with the contemporary piece it’s placed beside, as well as the natural leather and oak in the room.
Max Papart (1911-1994), France.
Lithograph on Arches with Embossing, Signed and numbered in pencil.
Just needs a frame to finish it off!
Our main reason for visiting Winnipeg was to see our friends Nils Vik and Thom Fougere (and to make a new friend of Mike from Scandinavian Modern). We met Nils and Thom years ago at IDS (ahhh so young), when they had their prototype on display. Since then Nils opened a very successful cafe, Parlour Coffee, in the Exchange neighbourhood (more on Thom later).
They offer pour over, which is still a rarity.
A lot of interesting events happening in Winnipeg these days!
The Parlour space is definitely more of a grab and go scenario, however there are some bar stools if you’re lucky to nab one.
A simple menu. I imagine their treats sell out pretty early, as there seems to always be a lot of traffic.
I spy Mjölk Volume II and a much coveted Volume I, probably the only one left worldwide!!!
Tyndall stone facade and some benches to enjoy before the -40 temperatures start.
As if we hadn’t had enough coffee we headed over to MAKE Coffee + Stuff. We were invited to be on the Jury for an international lighting competition they were holding, called 011_SHADE.
Some of the other jury members.
Although this light wasn’t photographed the best in the submission package, it turned out to be a surprise hit for us.
This one we found to be a unique take on the bubble light.
This design is so intriguing, with the weight of the concrete and lightness of the wire.
You know how we love that charred wood look.
We attempted a fancier meal on our last night at highly recommended Segovia. We don’t generally do dinner with Elodie as her bath time is at 6pm sharp and she’s in bed by 6:30-7. Add a time change and well, we were heading towards disaster city. We were THOSE people. The ones with a screaming toddler in a fancy restaurant. But I mean come on, who really goes out for an intimate dinner at 5PM??? Sheesh. We should have had that room to ourselves yet the tables filled up around us. Anyway, Elodie refused to sit with us or eat anything. I had bought her a Thomas the Tank Engine toy so she happily played with it on the floor…well happily until she tried to choo choo it to where all the servers bustle about. Rookie parent I am it took me forever to remember to shove my iphone at her, which let us shovel food into our mouths for about 7 minutes in relative peace. Check please!
I will say that although we crammed the food in (is there any other way with young kids anyway?), the food was incredible. Oh to be savored…maybe next time!
The main event of our trip was the Thom Fougere + Børge Mogensen exhibition.
It was so amazing to see Thom’s work finally available for purchase, taking production into his own hands and working with local suppliers it is very inspiring. It was also a pleasure to meet and have dinner with Mike from Scandinavian.Modern, a kindred spirit indeed. He really knows his stuff and has impeccable taste. He is always pushing designers that tend to be a little less mainstream here in North America, and of course the Danish modern enthusiasts who are in the know have a ton of respect for his offerings.
Here is the images we could muster on a dark and cozy Winnipeg evening:
The beautiful Tyndall stone table, an iconic stone used throughout the buildings in the prairies.
Charge catch for holding your phone while it is being charged.
Bench coat rack system, and wood and metal side table.
The Parlour portable coffee bar.
Believe it or not, this used to be just like our old apartment. We also have a vintage 2213 sofa in black leather with mahogany legs, as well as Thom’s tyndall table. I think it is a perfect combination.
The newest work on exhibit is Thom’s magazine rack which is to the left of the Mogensen sofa.
The brass detail of a rare armchair Børge Mogensen designed for Karl Andersson & Söner.
Børge Mogensen canvas and oak Easy chair for Fredericia.
An incredible module sofa with wall mounted headrests. If we had a place for it in our life, I would love this for our home.
We had a great time in Winnipeg, and we’re looking forward to our next visit!