We were thrilled to find out Cereal was interested in profiling us in their features section on their website. Of course they are known for their beautiful publication, writing and romantic photography. We were really interesting to see our store through their lens.
Of course they did not disappoint. Photographer Titus Chan did a fantastic job capturing the mood of the store, and John Connell asked me some really thought provoking questions. I think our interview went well beyond what he needed to get.
Please read the article and see the photographs here
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Monday is our day off so today was pretty relaxed, with brunch at Luna, a visit with Sali Tabacchi, coffee at Full Stop and some grocery shopping. Since the dwell article a few things in our home have changed so we thought we would give you a little update.
The first little thing is our tiny little Peace Lily in an Arabia Finland planter, along with the Luca Nichetto Timeline bowl and copper Zoo table by Claesson Koivisto Rune. We also sell the TMM floor lamp by Spanish designer Miguel Mila, we always have his designs on display at Mjölk.
Available at Mjölk but not on the webstore yet: Luca Nichetto Timeline bowl and TMM floor lamp in white oak, beech, walnut or wenge. Please enquire here.
Underneath this little side table is our new (old) mid-century Swedish carpet by Judith Johansson. She is one of our favourite rug designers, you might recognize her work from the red and blue carpet we have at our cottage.
When we first moved in we didn’t have any rugs on the floor at all, and in the beginning it was really nice and minimalistic. However, as we grew into our home we starting craving the warmth you get from incorporating textiles. They are also so nice underfoot and remarkably cut down on sound.
The full shot of the living room rug.
The untreated vegetable tanned leather on our 2213 sofa is about 2 years old, and wearing beautifully. Eventually it will be a cognac brown.
Elodie rolling around on the carpet.
You might be wondering where our old Berber rug moved to. We found a great place for it in our bay window underneath the Conoid bench. The two carpets play off each other really well. We’ve always loved textiles but incorporating different styles in the same room can be challenging. That’s why we really took our time waiting for the perfect rug to tie everything together.
All of the subdued fall colours are really nice. Funny enough, when we bought the rug via an online auction, the colours in the photograph were more blue, pink and orange, so we were really disappointed when this colourway showed up. Thankfully because of all the white oak and natural leather it works and it ended up being a win!
A photo of Elodie to end with.
We just returned from a trip to Oslo and Stockholm for design week. It was a super busy time, meeting up with friends and seeing what was going on. I didn’t really take many photos of the cities themselves because we’ve been so many times I find it hard to capture (that and the nonstop overhead clouds and dreary weather made for not the best lighting scenario).
Although most of our shopping seemed to revolve around Elodie, we did manage a few fun purchases. Above is a Höganäs Keramik pot. We saw it at the Red Cross shop that’s located directly across the street from the Claesson Koivisto Rune office. We didn’t buy right away but then ran over minutes before closing on our last evening in town. It’s currently freshening up our front entryway, which still has a way to go in resolving the space aesthetically and practically.
Another last minute find at the Red Cross. I had been looking for some mid century Scandinavian art and the colours and simplicity in this piece stood out.
One of Elodie’s favourite peek spots. Also, she chooses her own socks.
We saw this book at designer Eva Schildt’s home. It’s a sort of I spy in Stockholm book, perfect for us non-Swedish speakers. I was going to get her a book to learn Swedish but we figured it wouldn’t be a good idea since we are clueless how to pronounce anything!
Elodie loves helping daddy water the plants, so we got her a Moomin watering can. Of course she tends to water the floor but I am sure it will improve in time. Skill building! Also, I can’t believe she chose matching socks!
Tall toddler = belly shirts!
They bloomed already! I’m liking where we moved this painting. The three items together make a nice grouping.
Prototype of the Float candlestick by Anderssen & Voll (their website never seems to be working lately so this links to Muuto) for Muuto. It doesn’t seem they went with this colour for production, lucky us!
We managed to pop by Blås & Knåda, a ceramics and glass store in Södermalm where we picked up four pieces by Hisako Mizuno Jonsson. Funny enough, our friend Alissa Coe told us about these pieces a few days prior and we ended up buying them!
So we ended up being pack mules on the way home, carrying a lot of breakables. Thankfully everything arrived home safely. We were reluctant to put anything in our luggage because on the way there the airline lost our suitcase with ALL the Sucabaruca prototypes!!! And the bag didn’t make it back to us for over 3 days, with no updates. But it all worked out as you can see in the previous post.
If you have a subscription to Dwell you have probably noticed that our apartment above the store has recently been featured. We’re really happy to have had our store featured a couple of years ago, and now our house!
Seeing the photos now have us missing summer weather.
Please go out and get yourself a copy if you can! There is also a picture slideshow on Dwell’s website.
I’d like to add, anyone wondering where all the toys are, they live behind the sofa, on and around a floor level shelf! It’s nice because even if it’s messy back there, you can’t see it :)
All photos © Derek Shapton
A nice opportunity to see our space for anyone who hasn’t visited us, is this video for the Steven & Chris show. The shop is featured in the fourth segment, around the 28:00 minute mark, and the host talks about the architecture and style features of Scandinavian design.
Canadians can view the video here: SEASON 7 | Episode 76 | January 28, 2014
Thank you Steven & Chris and Maia for the nice feature!
A really special compliment to our Luca Nichetto show is a limited edition of 10 “Doc” cars made only for our exhibition.
Here is what Luca had to say about “Doc”:
Wood toy cars take us back to our childhood, the age of lightheartedness and pure joy.
Why not create a wood toy car that is also a time machine? This is the question where Doc comes from. Doc is a miniature reproduction of a DeLorean, famous for being the vehicle Marty McFly drives in “Back to the Future”, the car that makes him travel in time.
Each car is hand-signed by Luca, and only available through this exhibition. If you would like to get your hands on one, please send us an email. This special collector’s edition is $120CAD each and is available in store and online.
Currently on display until February 9 at the Design Exchange is 100% TOBEUS: 100 DESIGNERS FOR 100 NEW TOY CARS.
TobeUs was born as a vent of a designer who became a father and could not stand the sight of his own children using toys for just a few hours and then destroying them or stopping looking at them.
This is how the idea of TobeUs was born: toy cars made of wood, strong and sweet-scented, beautiful and clever because they are planned by skillful and passionate designers.
TobeUs has become synonymous with a way of design and the creation of new objects, attracting designers who want to design their own TobeUs. It seems that everyone has an idea for a wooden toy car in their drawer. Be careful, though, TobeUs is made by two cuts in a wooden stump that always has the same size. It is a project exercise that imposes clear limitations.
Matteo Ragni has gathered the the projects of the great masters of Italian design and curated “100% TobeUs: 100 Designers for 100 New Toy Cars”. Following a successful run at the Museo della Scienzae della Tecnologia di Milano, the exhibit comes to Design Exchange to show the value of a different future.
Featuring designs by Marcel Wanders, Mario Bellini, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Matali Crasset, and many more.