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New in store!

April 25th, 2017

 

A few new additions to the store. They will be soon available online at mjolk.ca but we couldn’t wait to share these beautiful items.

We are very happy to have 3 pieces from Matthias Kaiser. Matthias studied at Parsons school of design in NY and at Vienna’s university of applied arts, and apprenticed with two japanese master potters in Seto and Karatsu.

He focuses on the inherent qualities of the material and the succession of steps that constitute the process of creation.Trying to reveal, not hide, what is there and has been done. By subtracting industrial processes as far as possible from the refinement of the raw materials and totally from manufacture, the finished pieces retain a heterogenous appearance. His creations are a sum of parts, with infinite possible combinations of shape and surface, texture and colour, weight and size. The pots contain more than a functional and decorative aspect, their poetry lies in the balance of intent and accident as well as in the interplay of physical attributes.

This antique is also new this week. This is a Japanese Sueki Eathenware Ikebana Flower Vase.

Mourne Textiles

  • We love Mourne Textiles, and are really excited to carry more of their products. These placemats and coasters create the perfect harmony with wood elements and Japanese dishware.
  • Created by Gerd Hay-Edie and used by designer Robin Day for Hille in 1951, the Mourne Check was to become a signature fabric widely used for much of his furniture during his ten year period designing for the brand. This durable linen, wool and cotton mix is carefully handwoven on the Kentish looms originally imported in the 1950’s, with colours matched from original heritage palettes.

 

 

 

  • Set of 4 placemats, each 45cm x 30cm
  • Fabric – 50% Linen/ 25% Cotton/ 25% Wool
  • Set of 4 coasters, each 10cm x 10cm

 

SOON ON MJOLK.CA

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Currently in the Showroom ~ New arrival from Neri & Hu for De La Espada

April 19th, 2017

Last week we received some beautiful new pieces of furniture from Neri & Hu for De La Espada.

Frame is a sofa system supported by a wooden frame structure to which various accessories can be clipped, such as a tray or light. Designed by Neri & Hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the Neri & Hu brand. Brass trays can be ordered to attach to the wooden frames.

Available in American black walnut, American white oak, or European Ash in a range of finishes, and a range of fabrics. Optional brass Tray available separately.

The Frame Sofa also comes as a sectional.

 

The Frame sofa in Mjolk Showroom:

 

The Trio Series by Neri & Hu

The Trio series is a tectonic exploration where the composition of the table’s legs is the design focal point. The tables stand on three legs, with each leg attached to another leg with an intermediate horizontal substructure. The tables express a purity of form and material, with the unexpected design focus under the table, where an intricately composed lattice work brings a hidden elegance to the otherwise simple and unassuming table ensemble. Designed by Neri & Hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the Neri & Hu brand.

The Trio Side Table

Available in American black walnut, American white oak, or European Ash in a range of finishes with a solid brass, copper and marble tabletop.

 

 

Photos via De La Espada, unless otherwise noted.

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Réunion at Pom & Flora

April 10th, 2017

This post is very tardy (where is my head?!?). Everyone has since come and gone from Milan, so I figure I better share this, even if it’s just for posterity.

During Stockholm Design Week (February 2017), we had a Réunion with Luca Nichetto and Nichetto Studio. We co-hosted an event with Residence Magazine (newest book is now available in the shop) at the ever lovely Pom & Flora cafe, designed by Emma Olbers. It was an opportunity to showcase our growing collection with Nichetto Studio.

The newest member of the Nichetto Studio / Mjölk family is the Réunion lamp. The base is made in Murano, Italy and the painted aluminum shade is made in Toronto.

Pre-party atmosphere and the new colours for Han and Zen.

Uki, Zen and Han in use.

From Left:

Uki tea light holder

Sucabaruca

Réunion – not yet available for sale

Aureola

Zen vase and Han diffuser

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Stockholm 2017

March 14th, 2017

  

This visit we decided to stay at Hotel Skeppsholmen. Located a little off the beaten track, the hotel is nestled on a small island surrounded by water and trees.  I found this beneficial since we spend so much time running around and having meetings, a dose of nature helped take the edge off.

This has been one of my most positive hotel experience to date. It’s the type of place that is exceptionally pleasant, where the staff go out of their way to be generous and kind—I really felt taken care of.

The hotel restaurant is excellent. Not only do they offer a free breakfast buffet that is actually fresh and delicious, their lunch and dinner menus are also very good. After a shockingly long day’s travel (a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm, with no delays, seemed to take us from 8am to 2pm!), we had the best steak and fries I’ve had in a long time.

The hotel is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, whom we’ve exhibited and worked with in the past. We were given a spacious room with a view of the water. It had no blackout blinds–which normally would bother me but in this case there wasn’t so much artificial light outside–yet we had such a wonderful deep sleep, and were awoken naturally by the rising sun every morning. Most importantly, it was incredibly quiet.

The walk to the hotel isn’t so bad either.

Over at Svenskt Tenn, there was a special design week show featuring lighting by Harri Koskinen. Inspired by Philodendrons, with a play on light and shadow.

 

Furnishing Utopia was at the fair. Our production of Hallgeir Homstvedt’s Doverail Mirror / Shelf and Toolboxes were on display, along with a lovely selection of Shaker objects and new Shaker inspired design pieces.

  

Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for &Tradition in a new colour. We’ll be getting one in the showroom in a few months. Also the Palette Table by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition dressed in new materials.

Catch Lounge Chair by Jaime Hayon, one will be arriving in our showroom in the spring. On the right, some new accessories from &Tradition, like the Tricolore glass vases and the brass 721 grams stackable and interchangeable candle holders.

Tea time at Ett Hem.

Artek and Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken team up for the installation “124° – Artek on Skeppsholmen” and a new collection.

L: Kiila coat stand and rack.
R: Riihitie Plant Pot, designed 1937 by Aino Aalto (new production)

Classic tables and chairs in new colours, and shapes that can be put together to make a larger conference table.

124° wall mounted mirrors. Two faces are placed 124 degrees apart creating an unexpected dual-aspect reflection of the surrounding space.

A whirlwind as usual, we missed a lot of events and were passing ships with many of our favourite people.

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That Is Best Which Works Best Exhibition

February 3rd, 2017

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Thom Fougere’s fire tools received a coveted Designlines Loves tag during our amazing opening reception Wednesday night. Unlike past years, our new products are available for purchase, as are a selection of Shaker items (to be added to the website next week, apologies).

This show came together serendipitously. We’d been talking with Thom for years about his fire tools design, while this spring John saw Hallgeir’s pieces for Furnishing Utopia at Hancock Shaker Village. Meanwhile, all of us visited Hancock within a month of each other. So Shaker has been on our collective minds!

 

 

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Original Shaker stove – $3500 CDN with Thom Fougere fire tool set

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Wall mounted is a Shaker chopping board – $3000CDN

Shaker inspired towel rack from Momogusa, special order – $675CDN

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Shaker Bench – $3500CDN

 

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Large Wool Storage Basket – $2500CDN
Shaker cabinet – $22,000 CDN

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In the foreground, a Portable and collapsable herb drying rack – $1800CDN

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Shovel used by the Shakers  – not available

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Wall mounted candle holder – not available

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Sabbath day Lake Shakers’ Herb Containers (set of 5) – $ 400

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Herb Cultivating Basket – not available

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Chabako Tea Kit by Masanobu Ando, with shaker inspired box – $1300

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Doverail shelves and mirror by Hallgeir Homstvedt.

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Enfield Shaker Table – developed by John Baker and Jason Collett

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Portable, by Hallgeir Homstvedt receives a Designlines loves tag.

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A variety of handmade Shaker Whisks – not available

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Shaker inspired George Nakashima bench – personal collection

Tyndall Stone Vases by Thom Fougere – available for a variety of prices

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A unique Shaker invention: The apple peeler $2200 CDN

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Børge Mogensen J39 chair next to a Shaker chair (not available). Both hanging on our shaker peg rail made by Jake Whillans.

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Hans Wegner J16 rocking chair and stool next to a Shaker side table – not available.

 

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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.

[click on images to see more details and pricing]

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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.

[click on the images to see more details and pricing]

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Photo credit: Charlie Schuck

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

[click on the images to see more details and pricing]

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Photo credit: Charlie Schuck

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