Mjölk update!

May 25th, 2013

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I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine! I just wanted to let everyone know I spent the day yesterday updating our website with around 20 new items! Please take a look when you have a moment.

We’ve also started to get some exciting new shipments to freshen up our showroom for the summer. There were too many to photograph, but here is a little sampling of some notable new works available.

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Vass cabinet by Claesson Koiviston Rune, Ilse Crawford lamp, Copper patina oil lamp, funnel vase by Renaud Sauve, Cast Iron river stone door stop by Makoto Koizumi, and Rocket stool by Eero Aarnio.

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This is pretty incredible, the Tati coatrack by Mats Broberg & Johan Ridderstråle. Also pictured is the Gallery Stool.

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Finnish shoes not for sale.

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Our hinoki pail and stool, Brass and mouth blown glass vase, ceramics by Masanobu Ando, and Tin sake pitcher and cups.

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Brass “Fanny vase” by Ami Katz. We’re thinking of getting one for the cottage.

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The long awaited brass and silver cutlery by Masanori Oji for Futagami. We exhibited the prototypes last summer, and we’ve had people waiting ever since to get their hands on them. They are now finally available and added to our online shop.

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The most beautiful teapot by Masanobu Ando, along with an Ando milk pitcher and Masanori Oji “Sun” pot rest.

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New black lacquer-ware bowls and cherry soup spoons by Tomii Takashi. Along with a specially made white-lacquer lidded cutlery box. Tomii Takashi will be at Mjölk June 26th!!! Save the date!

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Terunobu Fujimori

May 20th, 2013

 

 

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Every trip we have had to Japan has been a wonderful one, but we always fill our itinerary too much and we are embarrassed to say we rarely get the chance to visit museums, gardens, or temples during our visits. We do sometimes come across beautiful gardens and buildings by mistake (it’s not very difficult in Japan), but during our next trip we have to create a more leisurely schedule and try some touristy stuff for once.

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Having said that, through our work we had the opportunity to visit some spectacular architecture projects by one of my favorite architects Terunobu Fujimori. I guess the first time I was acquainted with Mr. Fujimori’s work was around 5 years ago when we first started to have a conversation with Peter and Christine from Studio Junction. I remember right away being smitten with his work, and enamored with his use of materials and craftsmanship. I would be even more impressed as I learned more about him, that he almost always uses amateur craftsmen for his projects, and was an architecture historian for decades before being commissioned his first project.

As luck would have it, we visited one of the handful of public architecture works by Fujimori, and his very first commission which was completed in 1991.

The Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum.

We hope you enjoy the photos!

 

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Cedar timber peaks extend through the roof to the entrance of the museum.

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All of the metal components of the museum including the handles and hinges on the windows and doors were forged by a very famous metal worker in Kyoto.

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Of course you have to take your shoes off to enter the museum.

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A handmade window looks as if it has rain constantly trickling down.

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The interior walls and floor are a mix of mortar, straw, and mud.

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Because the walls, ceiling, and floor are the same colour there is a visual softness to the space. All of the lines are blurred.

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The collection of taxidermy represents the various sacrifices during the festivals in the region.

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The exterior cedar paneling is actually hand split log, by a master who unfortunately has since passed away. We were shown two boards, one attempted by Fujimori-san, and the other by the master and it was incredible the difference between the two. The hand split log follows the natural texture of the wood grain, as oppose to a saw which cuts straight through the wood. The texture on the wood is incredible, and the owner of the museum told us if one day they must replace the cladding they will not be able to do it with hand split logs.

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The building resonates perfectly within its surroundings.

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In other news, we are happy to say our 2nd book is going to print very soon. Please stay tuned!

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Kazumi Tsuji, May 30th exhibition

May 14th, 2013

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Mjölk is proud to present the first Canadian solo exhibition for Kanazawa based glass artist Kazumi Tsuji (Factory Zoomer).
The exhibition will feature Kazumi Tsuji’s modern interpretation of Kiriko glasses, which is titled “Men-choco”.

This is the Japanese technique of layering paper thin coloured glass over a clear glass base which allows the artist to cut patterns into the coloured surface to reveal the clear contrast underneath.
Kazumi Tsuji’s interpretation uses a black/purple outer layer, which she cuts or polishes away, leaving a soft matte texture. A combination of bowls, plates and glasses will be available to purchase.

We will also present a limited series called “Re-claimed blue” which is the result of re- cycling broken or defective glasses from her studio. The combination of clear glass and black/purple glasses from her “Men-choco” collection resulted in a stunning blue colour.

A surprise that revealed recycled glass could be even more beautiful than their originals.

Please join us for our opening reception May 30th from 7:00 – 10:00pm
Kazumi Tsuji will be in attendance at the exhibition.

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Souvenirs from Japan, Elodie edition

May 8th, 2013

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As anyone who has been away from a loved one can attest, the more you buy the more you are thinking about them, am I right? At least that’s what we told ourselves every time we bought something for Elodie. Actually in the end it seemed like we bought more than we actually did. So that’s good, at least for our wallet.

A book about a cat (we surmise). A wooden car that plays music when you move it.

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This happened. Mother / daughter hats. Couldn’t help myself.
Last year we went to see the cherry blossoms in High Park. It was about a week after Elodie was born and she was asleep in her car seat. This time proved more difficult with a toddler. It’s just so amazing how much they change in the first year. From tiny blob to fully mobile and four times the size. Elodie became more preoccupied with pushing her stroller around than looking at the blossoms.

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Hey, we went to Japan (again)!

May 6th, 2013

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A few weeks ago we headed to Japan for a whirlwind trip to gather content for volume 3 of our book and to visit with friends. First stop was a day in Kyoto. It’s kind of embarrassing but we’ve been to Kyoto twice and still haven’t visited a temple or garden. I demanded that next trip we make it a priority. But this time we had another agenda – glass artist Kazumi Tsuji traveled in to say hello and to introduce us to another artist. We have an exhibition with Kazumi on May 30th.

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A cute sweets shop, and playing ball at sunset in a back street.

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As many East coasters can relate, we were desperate for a hit of spring.

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John was obsessed with the potted trees. We wandered through Gion over to Pontocho to find some dinner. We ended up at a Japanese bbq joint where we grilled some amazing marbled beef. I am sparing the vegan/vegetarians from the obligatory gross raw meat photo. You all know what it looks like!

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After a wonderful stop in Tajimi to visit Masanobu Ando, we headed over to Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. We were treated to an incredible cold soba lunch, to which we realize we have never truly had soba before. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the place but it’s renown and the outside looks like ^^

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The space is so simple and calm, just three tables. The owner, pictured, does it all.

 

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Love the plant.

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The pottery has been used for 20+ years and has a beautiful patina. It’s the kind of thing that needs special care, like hand washing, but creates such an integral experience.

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The owner made the indigo textile rug draped over the Tsuitate in the front entrance. She does it as a hobby! Next door there is a nice antique shop with plenty of indigo pieces but we didn’t have time or cash (we always forget how Japan is still quite the cash society).

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We stopped in for a coffee and cheese toast at the famous Cafe Marumo. The cafe is designed by the founder of the Satsuma-Mingei-Furniture movement, and it was the local hang out for philosopher Soetsu Yanagi, and other famous Japanese writers. The cafe opened in 1956 and is a part of a Ryokan (Japanese style Hotel), but you can just visit the cafe on its own.

3-3-10 Chuo, Matsumoto-city
8.00 – 18.00 (open 7 days a week)

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End of the cherry blossoms, but still photo worthy I guess!

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Matsumoto castle.

 

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Laboratorio

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We stopped in at a beautiful shop / cafe called Laboratorio. There is also an Arts & Science store on the first floor of the building.

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A beautiful vintage book shop.

 

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We stayed in Asama Onsen at a ryokan.  Usually we stay in the super mod ones, but this was our first classic ryokan experience. It actually took awhile to relax, though we desperately needed it. After a bath and dinner served in our room, we passed out at 8pm! The other plus was all of our meals were included, and since we usually stay at modern ryokans we got really used to the gastronomy Kaiseki experience which we weren’t enthusiastic about. Here the kaiseki was more approachable, still delicate and beautiful but everything just tasted delicious.

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By the time we returned to Tokyo I was over carrying my camera around! We met up with Masanori Oji and Taku for izakaya.

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A platter of sashimi and sea urchin. So delicious!

We’re looking forward to sharing some more photos with you this week!

 

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Norihiko Terayama Exhibition

April 11th, 2013

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

This past week we welcomed Norihiko Terayama to the shop, to exhibit his new g,a,r,d,e,n ruler. Norihiko set up a beautiful window display of foraged flora from the neighbourhood as well as from the multitude of Coriander Girl bouquets we had floating around. It took two days of laborious cultivating and placement.

 

Window decal by Sali Tabacchi.

 

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Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Elodie helping set up the exhibition.

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

awaglass

Mouth blown glass, soap water solution

The Awaglass (awa meaning bubble) is inspired by the experiential aspect of an hourglass. The captivating visual of time slipping away.

The vessel contains a clear liquid that looks like water. It seems ordinary at first but after one turns the vessel over bubbles begin to form creating an unexpected moment.

The Awaglass does not have a pre-determined time, and allows the user to create their own schedule.

$145

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

floating flower

Ceramic, water

during cherry blossom season, I visited a park which has a small round pond. The next day I went to same park and I saw fallen petals floating on the water. This inspired me to make a vase for fallen petals, rather than just the flower itself.

$300

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

twotwo

Ceramic, gold

two unique cups that appear to be broken and mended together using each other’s parts. One is a matte white cup, and the other a blue and white patterned cup with a glaze. Together they are mended using gold, which is a traditional technique in Japan to mend broken pottery.

In this instance, two ordinary looking cups can look more beautiful after they are broken and re-mended.

$150 / set of 2

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Everyone who attended the opening observed that it was a very calming show.

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

g,a,r,d,e,n ruler

Acrylic, various plant specimens

garden is a ruler containing a collection of wild plants placed in increments of 1cm. I forage these plants near my home, I find many different types of plants and am at the mercy of chance and seasonality. To me, this is a miniature garden, a little piece of my own garden. Whether this ruler is placed on a shelf or a desk, I hope you will find a little garden in your own home.

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Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Thank you to everyone who braved the crazy rain we’ve been getting (on a Tuesday evening no less!). The rulers sold out in 30 minutes, and everyone was so engaging with the artist, we are so pleased to have such a supportive design community.

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Norihiko chatting with a guest.

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The Børge Mogensen bench was a popular hang out all night.

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Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

Norihiko (left) and guest.

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Everyone always congregates in the kitchen.

Norihiko Terayama Exhibition at Mjolk

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