Day three brought us to Gamla Stan for a morning meeting. I absolutely love the coloured buildings. It was an especially grey and dark week and the colours certainly bring some joy.
We enjoyed a lovely conversation about design at Cia Weden and Lovisa Wattman’s shared studio. You may remember Lovisa from our very first Mjölk book. I absolutely love how the Swedish offset the dimness of winter with candles.
Terrazzo flooring at Gamla Stan station.
Next up was lunch at Ett Hem. We originally wanted to stay there but they were fully booked, so a meal in their kitchen was the next best option. Served at the communal harvest table in the cozy kitchen, we dined on a two course meal. To our surprise, none other than Ilse Crawford ended up dining with us. What a pleasure it was to be able to discuss design with her.
Then we had a quick peek around…
Pallo Vase by Carina Seth Andersson.
I liked the green tile in the bathroom, which matched my blouse.
Our first visit to the Svenskt Tenn tea room.
Estrid Ericson‘s office.
A few weeks ago we went to Stockholm for the Furniture & Light Fair, and to reconnect with friends, since we missed the previous year. I didn’t bring my camera but most of the following photos were not shared on Instagram.
For this trip we got a bit extravagant and stayed at the Grand Hotel. It had been our 5 year wedding anniversary recently and we thought we’d celebrate in style. Too bad I got a terrible cold on the lead up to the trip. On the upside, the hotel spa was a total benefit, one that I am afraid has spoiled me forever. Imagine after 12 hours of travel time, arriving at your hotel and being able to decompress in the steam room, sauna, pools and massage service.
Above is the view from our room.
Since we usually stay in Södermalm, we weren’t sure where to grab a bite close to the hotel. We were looking for a konditori and it was suggested to go to Wiener Caféet, where we grabbed a late lunch and shared our first of many semla.
The following day we spent at the Furniture Fair. We barely managed to see anything because our discussions with our suppliers took most of our time.
This year there were two designers representing Canada in the Greenhouse section of new design. Above is local Toronto/Junction design duo MSDS Studio. They also participated last year, whereby several of their lights were picked up and put into production by Danish brand Woud. This year’s collection was equally tight, the photo above not doing it justice. My favourite pieces were the porcelain lamps (prototypes made by Alissa Coe).
We’ve been working with Thom on developing his prototype for a fireplace tools set. We have yet to purchase one for our home, because it’s so challenging finding a nice modern set (we once tried to buy a vintage set but it was priced around $10,000!).
We hope that everyone had some success at the fair!
Back in September (2015), we were invited to Oslo to do a launch party for Anderssen & Voll’s Gardening Collection. Our lovely hosts were Jannicke and Alessandro, stylists and shop owners of the fantastic Kollekted by:.
The brass, wood, glass and terracotta products looked right at home in their space. This is the joy of natural materials.
The space was previously a butcher shop, and they kept some of the details, such as the white tile, to great effect.
The amazing green terrazzo floor made us envious, and perfectly suits the furniture, products and space they have curated.
The bar set up for the party, featuring our herb pot on standby. Herbed cocktails were served by a bartender from Torggata Botaniske, an Oslo bar filled with lush plants and herbs.
Beautiful giant slabs of cheese garnished with edible flowers, and other appetizers were provided by Trattoria Popolare, a fantastic Italian restaurant that we frequented often for lunch with the Anderssen & Voll team (who also designed the interior).
Amazing turn out, outside and in!
After the party we were treated to dinner at Nedre Foss. Designed by Anderssen & Voll, this was an ambitious project, with full restaurant and brewery, and all the details were meticulously designed with the space in mind, right down to the hand painted wallpaper.
Sadly, just before New Year’s, there was a massive fire in this historic building. There are plans to rebuild, however, and Anderssen & Voll will be assisting again.
We will be hosting our third retrospective exhibition of Oji Masanori during the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival. This year is particularly special because we have commissioned and collaborated on a collection of lighting designed by Oji Masanori and produced using local Canadian artisans and small manufacturers.
Please join us for the opening reception Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Mjölk (2959 Dundas Street West, Toronto).
Furthermore, we will be hosting a TODO Talk: Join Melanie Egan (Head of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre) and Oji Masanori for an interview about his studio practice and the current collaboration. Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Please RSVP through the Toronto Design Offsite Festival website.
I was first introduced to Mjölk five years ago and had the chance to get to know John and Juli. Mjölk, part shop, part gallery, has since become one of my favorite destinations.
John has contacted me about Mjölk Made; a collaboration between designers, the shop, and local Toronto manufacturing. I flew into Toronto so that I could immerse myself in the culture of the city. I was curious about lifestyle, interior layouts, room sizes, and the ways in which people lived.
This trip resulted in a lighting project that was to utilize the craftsmanship of a historic brass company located in the city. I was able to visit their shop, meet the makers and better understand their processes and limitations.
For this exhibition, I have designed two pendant lamps; simple shapes that share subtle details of quality, form and materials. I devised them so that balance and harmony can be felt and seen.
The Hemisphere Pendant resembles a large mobile, playing with various materials, scales and sizes. The smaller brass hemisphere is pointing light down towards a table, while the big copper hemisphere lights up, towards a ceiling, shedding light indirectly over an entire room.
The Diamond Pendant has a brass balancer and an LED light bulb. The fixture can be carefully touched and moved in order to adjust height and position.
I designed these two lights for Toronto. They were created out of an image of a Torontonian, a Canadian, who lives peacefully and considers the people around them, respecting differences while living in a complex and diverse city. From my visits to this city, I think, people in Toronto are very skilled at combining, mixing and blending culture with simplicity.
Mjölk, as a curated space, shares this cohesive blend. It is the perfect mix of international design and Japanese craft. I hope for these collaborations to continue to connect people and carefully crafted objects, to bring peaceful products all over the world.
- MASANORI OJI
For the plant lover in your life, these gifts for the gardener bring the warmth of natural materials like brass, terracotta, oak and oxidized metals, into the home.
The long version of the Ang Vase is made from an oxidized brass. This series of vases is a re-imagining of a flower vase, it consists of an oxidized brass sleeve with a brass bracket insert that acts as a florist support. In Japan, these supports are called kenzen and allow for a landscape of plant material. Even very sparse arrangements using found materials like twigs and blades of grass can create beautiful results.
Dustpan – $20.00
This brush allows for the gentle removal of dust and other small debris from any surface. The brush is made of oil treated oak, and soft goat hair. Iris Hantverk employs visually impaired craftspeople to create beautiful handmade brushes. Each individual bundle of bristles are bound to hardwood handles, just like they were made in the 19th Century.
Made in Sweden.
With the holidays quickly approaching we wanted to let you know that we offer complimentary gift wrapping with any online purchases, just let us know in the ‘notes’! To get your items before December 24th, get your orders in early.
Regular Post: December 10
Xpress Post: December 21
Priority Post: December 22
United States Customers
Regular Post: December 8
Xpress Post: December 15
Priority Post: December 21
Kristina Stark Hommage Match Box $25-$55
Ihada Brass Tray - $440
Not on website:
Hallgeir chamber Light for Menu – $110
Renaud Sauve porcelain candle snuffs – $225
JWDA Concrete Lamp – $250 (available early December)
Klong Patina Oil Lamps in three sizes – $160 / $275 / $340