That Is Best Which Works Best: Contemporary Works

January 18th, 2017

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Back in 2009, John and I were green, fresh faced bloggers, checking out the Interior Design Show and making new connections. One such connection that has grown through the years is with Winnipeg designer Thom Fougere.

We started working with him on his fire tools project because we simply couldn’t find a nice set of fire tools for the cottage fireplace. We immediately responded to the simple language Thom uses to create a clean lined and concise response to our problem, and set to working with him to bring his drawing to fruition. We worked with various makers, most notably building on our ongoing relationship with Toronto-based Harnisch for the metal components.

We have two versions available for sale, brass and blackened brass with horse hair bristles, walnut/oak and natural leather handles.

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Photo credit: Charlie Schuck

John originally contacted Hallgeir Homstvedt back in May regarding his Shaker pieces for the exhibition Furnishing Utopia. John simply wanted these pieces for himself, but when he found out they weren’t in production, we decided to work with Hallgeir on bringing them to market. Using Ontario-based Speke Klein for the wood components, we will be launching these pieces on Wednesday as well.

On the left is the Doverail Mirror, which can be moved up and down using a brass knob. No peg rail necessary for mounting, it is more of a reference to Shaker peg rails, made for the modern home.

On the right, the adjustable Doverail shelves, perfect for a small entryway catch all, bathroom accessories, or any where you need a little #shelflove.

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Photo credit: Charlie Schuck

Portable is a toolbox that functions as a desktop organizer, with a reference to Shaker cabinets.

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Photo credit: Charlie Schuck

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That Is Best Which Works Best teaser…

January 17th, 2017

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This Wednesday night from 7-9pm we will hold an opening reception for our shaker inspired exhibition That Is Best Which Works Best. We are pleased to be participating yet again in Toronto Design Offsite. If you are in Toronto, there are a lot of wonderful events happening around the city this week, and we highly recommend you go check some of it out. On Wednesday night specifically, our Junction neighbourhood will be hosting quite a few parties, which you can easily hop about to.

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After visiting Hancock Shaker Village last September, John managed to acquire quite a haul of Shaker items via auction. These will be on display along with some contemporary pieces inspired by the Shakers.

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We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Mjölk
2959 Dundas Street West
7-9pm

Please note that the shop will be open during the day on Wednesday, however we will be setting up, so it’s definitely a better day for mission shopping than browsing.

From John, to Juli

December 28th, 2016

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Shaker chair, bought in part because we passed a chair up while on our shaker road trip–although it wasn’t a real Shaker chair, we had felt kind of disappointed we didn’t buy it. This one will come in handy with our upcoming exhibition in January!

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Cast-iron Doorstop Acorn by Eva Shildt and Maja Sten. We admired this piece when interviewing Eva Shildt in her home.

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The gorgeous brass Plate Moondrop in the foreground, by Ingegerd Råman. Howell is obsessed with this piece, and keeps getting his little fingerprints all over it.

In case you’re wondering, yes, the coffee table always has these objects(or some iteration) on it, and mostly the children pay no mind. We just have to be mindful when they are feeling some big feelings…then we have to batten down the hatches so to speak.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2016

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It’s becoming a yearly Christmas tradition for John to go on a Svenskt Tenn bender. With such a gorgeous and otherwise inaccessible collection it’s not hard to understand why. One spectacular piece he picked up is this giant candelabra. I cannot even find it on their website anymore so I assume it was a holiday thing. This is the only calm moment during an otherwise chaotic dinner.

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Before dinner on Christmas Eve we open presents. We celebrate our own little Christmas with local grandma Mémé before heading out to the other grandparent’s house in the morning. I am pretty proud of our holiday buying this year, one gift per kid (Howell received a Brio firefighter train extension set and Elodie received a Maplelea doll) plus one joint gift (Magnatiles). Paw Patroller courtesy of Mémé. How many Paw Patrol toys did your kids get? I assume too many.

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Our visit with Santa this year, at the Junction train platform. What a nice tradition our BIA has going. It’s so lovely to just walk across the street, see Santa arrive on a local firetruck, wander the neighbourhood watching local dance school students perform the Christmas themed dances in shop windows, grab a hot chocolate and warm up inside doing a craft at ARTiculations.

We hope that everyone had a lovely holiday, and we wish you all the best for 2017!

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Living room light and pattern

December 19th, 2016

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A new Mirakel special edition pillow from Svenkst Tenn.

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Midday light on the shoji door and print by Max Papart.

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A random sculpture, copper low table and African textile from Latre.

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A kindergartener’s treasure shelf

December 17th, 2016

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This is Elodie’s bedside Aalto shelf where her treasures live.

I write this post inspired in part by this sweet photo series “Preschool Pocket Treasures”. I enjoyed reading this article because it reminded me that I shouldn’t discredit the treasures my kids find, even if they appear to be actual trash or seemingly useless randomness.

I love that she likes to keep a fresh flower in the Natalie Lahdenmaki bud vase. She goes with John to longtime Junction flower shop Martin’s, who incidentally set up in some very nice new digs near Keele, with an expanded selection of blooms and plants now available.

I also love that she just had to have the Renaud Sauvé porcelain container with moss. She kept eyeing it and finally John just told her to take it.

You may remember the Hafod Grange paperweight acquired on our trip to Iceland.

The Little Mermaid (Architect Made) was bought while in Copenhagen last spring.

John has a mild obsession with giving Elodie shells. It’s sweet.

The square blue tile is Elodie’s “favourite” (whatever that means) colour, and came off our neighbour’s exterior, as they renovate to open a new Northern Thai restaurant. Looking forward to that!

While I’m at it, plant people, what is going on with this Peace Lily? What does it need?

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