Last Thursday I went with Emily Tu, our book designer, to the press approval for Mjölk Volume 2. It was my first time going (John went last time) and I got to see what a big job printing these books is.
We get it printed at Warren’s Waterless Waterless Printing, thanks to our friends over at Pure Green Magazine, who suggested it. We like that it’s printed locally, so that we can see the paper, process, and proofs, plus they are environmentally responsible. All that AND they are the same price as others quoted (in Toronto).
Above we discuss the proofs, which are unfortunately on coated paper, which makes it tricky to tell exactly how it will be on our paper stock. This is unfortunately industry standard and the paper manufacturer has no ambition to offer an uncoated proofing paper.
The aluminum plates (our book had about 9). The plates are etched directly from the computer, so there are actually images and type all over the green, but because the ink hasn’t touched it yet you cannot see it. Where you see the black writing is where Dave, the production manager, put a felt tip marker to it.
After approving the cover, they ran it. On the left is the black plate. On the right is the stack of covers.
The press, plus the black and blue plate. Each of the three colours and black have their own plate.
Running some recycled paper through to prime the press.
Removing a page from the press.
Then the technician places it on a table where the colour bands along the side get analyzed by a computer (left), then transfers the paper to another table where they can make adjustments to how much ink is distributed along each plate (right).
This was pretty impressive, as a lot of decisions have to be made here. Of course it’s nice for a client to sign off on all pages, but we weren’t able to hang out until 3am!
The ubiquitous calendar / clock (that isn’t a clock) shop shot.
Thank you to Dave who took the time to show us around!
Mjölk Volume 2 is arriving this afternoon, just in time since we have sold out of Volume 1!
Toddlers are notoriously terrible with staying cooped up indoors. What to do with all these rainy days we’ve been having? Any and all suggestions welcome…places to go, things to do at home.
On their last night staying with us, Kazumi Tsuji cooked dinner. Kazumi lived in San Francisco so her cooking is a mash up between Japanese, American, and Italian.
We used a mish mash of tableware: Teema (for some reason we only own four cereal bowls, but there were six of us), beautiful lacquer bowls bought from Sabita in Sapporo on our honeymoon, Kazumi Tsuji glasses, Masanobu Ando plates…Japanese cooking is all about the small and many plates, so it’s fun to get to use an assortment of beautiful pieces in one sitting.
It was such a treat to have Kazumi cook for us!
On Sunday evening we went to Studio Junction‘s closing party for the participants in their Art in a Courtyard House exhibition, which they put on in conjunction with Doors Open.We were very honored to be able to participate in the show and debut a set of tea and baking carts designed by Mjolk and Studio Junction, and crafted by Studio Junction.
Here is our description:
Tea Cart and Baking Cart Concept
It wasn’t too long ago that the tea cart was a much needed extension to the family home. It was much more common 30 or more years ago that the dining room was a separate entity from the kitchen, and things like formal living rooms were used for high tea in the afternoon. In contemporary times things like dining rooms and formal living rooms have become redundant, and this is probably for the best. However there are some things that were lost in this transition that we feel could have easily found a place in the modern family home.
Tea carts are an extension of the kitchen, they are on wheels and can be used to easily shuffle everything from tea or alcohol, to desserts from the kitchen to table. When necessary the tea cart can take on an important presence, and at the same time be quietly tucked against the wall when not in use. We made the top tray of the tea cart removable to be used like a tray when serving tea. This solves the awkwardness of moving many teacups and desserts at one time, but also provides a thoughtful presentation.
Several reoccurring themes that Studio Junction has been exploring are the court yard as an architectural element, and thinking of the kitchen in terms of a piece of furniture. When using this bar cart, it becomes an extension of the kitchen to the outdoor space. This could be the same for any Toronto backyard or balcony and brings an element from the inside of your home to the outside further blurring the line.
The handles are actually cut and sanded, not steam bent. It makes for an incredible grain.
You can clearly see the Danish influence with the use of tapers and the mix of oak and oiled Peruvian walnut. Our little “Ceremony” milk set was on display as well. As mentioned before, the tray is removable, so you can easily carry its contents from the cart to the dining table or living room table and keep it in use as a serving tray.
A burl pedestal by Adrian Kuzyk.
Paintings by Judith Geher
A potluck dinner with all the participants and their families.
Screen by Joe Lin
Bamboo, rocks and water feature. Their courtyard is amazing (this photo doesn’t do it justice, was using a different lens and setting than usual and it was a hot mess).
Chair by LUBO – lubodesign.com
Hanging terrariums by Crown Flora Studio
Charred wood wall installation by Scott Eunson
Elodie nomming on some yogurt
Oak rocking chair by Megan Blake
Metal paintings by Lisa Petrocco
Children’s book by Jarl Anderson, illustrations and mask by Thomas Barker
The Boston Ivy is everywhere, greening the space in such a nice way.
We did it! We officially have a toddler. We cannot believe how fast and slow and timeless this last year has been.
[walking photo series by Taylor Shute, captured on March 23rd, 2013]
Last weekend we celebrated Elodie’s first birthday! It was truly a perfect day, spent with friends and family, small and tall.
[banner made by Hollie via a Martha Stewart pattern - thanks Hollie!]
Our friend Celine Kim was so nice to offer to photograph the party, allowing me to give my full attention to the birthday girl and guests. Thank you so much Celine, the photos really capture the day. All photographs are by Celine unless otherwise noted.
Cake by Lindsey.
Where would we be without instagram and iphone? I mean, it’s so distracting but I don’t think I’d have as many great shots to choose from! Am I right? But really, I need to take a break now that Elodie is taking such a vehement interest in these technological doodads.
Flowers by Coriander Girl.
And that’s it for my decorating! I was going to do some more things but who am I kidding, I can barely do my part for the shop and take care of a now one-year-old. Plus I only think I’m crafty, heh.
Elodie and Grandpa Baker taking a stroll. Petit Bateau dress from Grandma Daoust, thank you!
Hey, it’s Eloise!
Oliver (and Adam). You cannot wrestle this baby from John or me. Elodie is such an active baby she’s not much of a cuddler. Oliver simply exudes gooey squishy love.
Time to open presents! What can I say, our friends and family spoiled us. Elodie gave each card and gift her rapt attention, and loves them all. Thank you!
She hugs gifts.
A thoughtful custom wood block set from Taylor and Jen (btw, they started a great blog about home brewing and food)!
Hi Uncle Frank, Taylor, Blaise, Ronnie and Hollie!
Cake time. Yes, that is a gigantic cake. Maybe a little overwhelming for such a young pup but she handled it with the requisite level of awe.
John shows Elodie that cake is for eating.
Isha was so there for the cake.
So was Eloise. Now if only they could share toys.
Time to play with nanna. Hollie spends a lot of time with Elodie and knew these balls would be a hit.
Elodie and neighbourhood pal Elle are up to no good, as usual. Looks like Elodie is becoming a ringleader…great…
Amie, Aria and Blaise.
Elodie became intensely fascinated with Celine’s husband Jin.
I wanted to share four photos that Taylor took too, so indulge me for one (four) more moment!
Happy Birthday sweets! It’s been an amazing year, to say the least.
[Hollie Martha Stewart'd again with the above owl and elephant applique on wood pieces. What a doll.]
It’s another busy week here at the Kitka/Mjolk homestead. We’ve finally gotten to a place where we can start putting our nice things out permanently and hang pictures on the wall. We’ve been working on a little vignette across from our dining table with our baby high chair and Aalto Tea trolley. It all came together after our acquisition of the above tile work by Renaud Sauve (Atelier Des Cent-ans). We commissioned the piece last time we saw him back in the winter, and he dropped off this beautiful work when he came back to Toronto for the spring One of a Kind Show.
He also brought us some new pieces that were not shown at the One of a Kind Show, so if you had the opportunity to see his beautiful booth last week and didn’t get your hands on a piece of his work, don’t fret. We have some amazing unique works for you here at the shop!
The tiles are made of porcelain and feature a hand “tattooed” dyeing technique which originates from Korea. The white oak frame was made by Renaud’s partner Gilbert Garcia.
Very Japanese, but uniquely Renaud.
Some more treasures: Japanese indigo coasters and a birch sake cup by Kota Fukunaga (who we represent at Mjölk). Also, some Swedish matches from our last trip to Stockholm.
Little by little the place is coming together.