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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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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.

Ingegerd Råman Stockholm Studio Visit

November 14th, 2016

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A few years ago we had the pleasure of visiting with Ingegerd Råman at her studio in Stockholm. Located on the tiny island of Skeppsholmen in the heart of the city, near the Moderna Museet and overlooking the Strandvägen with important design shops Svenkst Tenn and Carl Malmsten across the water, it’s an ideal location for inspiration.

We had saved the images to accompany our conversation in Mjolk Volume IV, however, we later visited Ms. Råman at her summer home in the south of Sweden. I figure now is a good time as any to share a few snapshots from our initial visit!

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The desk is where Ms. Råman meticulously lays out things of interest, both found objects and special gifts, grouped by materials and colours.

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Glass work for Skruf, currently available at Mjölk.

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The Swedish touch, floral arrangements in winter.

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What a lovely thing to find Mjolk Volume II on the bookshelf.

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A pangapanga tray by Swedish architects Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Check out Mjolk Volume IV to read John’s interview.

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Renaud Sauvé Exhibition at Mjölk

November 7th, 2016

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The other week we hosted Renaud Sauvé of Atelier des Cent-ans in his second exhibition at Mjölk. The theme this time was Bestiary, an exploration in sculpted, engraved and painted animals in porcelain.

Shop the Exhibition here.

Words from the artist:

In my mind, the attention I give animals reveals that through their movements, life remains the focal point and goes on unwaveringly. The violent convulsions of a dragon, the minute impulses of a snail or the quiet comprise and dignity of the tortoise, are an invitation to build a strong connection with them. Animals can express anything. Depending on the context of dynamics they can say anything. Sometimes just as I am falling asleep or returning to consciousness and my eyes are closed, animal images come to me. Such treasures will turn into porcelain motifs or bosses.

This exhibit gives me the opportunity to display a whole series of new works. The term “bestiary” comes to mind. The collection involves (sculpted, engraved or painted) animals that may be real or imaginary. The creatures are often strange but never estranged. At least that is my hope.
- Renaud Sauve

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John, Renaud and Juli.

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Reiko flower arranging.

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Apothecary jars.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Bestiary with us. The works will continue to remain in the showroom until November 9 (many will still be around after this date, and available online).

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True Nordic Exhibition at The Gardiner Museum

October 14th, 2016

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Tuesday night we were excited to go to the opening reception for The Gardiner Museum‘s new exhibition, True Nordic: How Scandinavia influenced design in Canada. Curated by Dr. Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow, we are honoured that our Garden Works collaboration with Anderssen & Voll is on display.

 

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From the press release: Scandinavian design initially reached Canada’s elite consumers and style-makers via museum and gallery exhibitions, showrooms, small retail shops and articles and advertisements in popular decorator magazines. However, it was the dynamic influx of émigré craftspeople from Scandinavia who both affirmed and vernacularized the aesthetic in Canada and who shaped profoundly the country’s design and craft movement from the 1930s onward. What was broadly known as “Danish modern” became synonymous with ideas about good design, and “comfortable and gracious living.” Capitalizing on the market opportunities presented, Canadian manufacturers added Scandinavian design to their conservative repertoire of colonial and historicist offerings and called these lines, Helsinki, Stanvanger, Scanda and so on. The culminating section of the exhibition will ask why Scandinavian and Nordic aesthetics continue to resonate with so many contemporary Canadian designers and artisans at work today.

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The exhibition was designed by friend of the shop Andrew Jones Design / Graphic design by q30 design inc. Loved the Alto-esque paper room divider and the intimate wall colours.

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During the Q&A discussion, there was a bit of talk about how a lot of the designers were married couples. Naturally we like this dynamic a lot!

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In the contemporary designers section there are a lot of local designers and artisans, such as Castor, Sean Plaice, MSDS, and Bookhou. It was nice to see everyone in the same place.

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The exhibition book was a nice surprise, containing some essays and the exhibition catalog. The fire tools pictured are from a project we have been working on with Winnipeg designer Thom Fougere (to be launched in January).

Please go see this show at the Gardiner Museum, running until January 8.

 

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