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Chanoyu: A solo exhibition for Masanobu Ando

May 31st, 2014

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Thursday night we hosted our second solo exhibition with Japanese potter Masanobu Ando. We were very happy to see so many familiar faces coming to greet Mr. Ando again during his second visit. Thank you very much for making him feel at home.

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One of the only sculptures in the exhibition, a “box of air”.

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During the exhibition we had a focus on Tea Ceremony tools, and the center of the Tea Ceremony is the Chawan or Tea Bowl.

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A tea whisk stand, and cloth holder.

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I really love these silver glazed ceramic trays, and wanted one for myself but alas they sold right away.

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A torch shaped wall vase, such a symbol for humanity it’s something every ancient society has in common.

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Maybe some of our favourite pieces in the show are these large scale wall-mounted flower vases.

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Flower plates.

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A “Coffee Ceremony” Chabako. All of the beautiful implements fit in the gorgeous bamboo basket below.

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A specially made Tea box with objects made or commissioned by Mr. Ando. Sorry this also sold right away.

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For a limited time, full sets of coffee cups!

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A unique Mizusashi with a geometric handle (a water jar used in the Tea Ceremony).

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Amazing ceramic pedestals for serving food or display.

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A special edition of the coffee funnel in a silver glaze.

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Mr. Ando performed a special Tea Ceremony in our front window. People crowded around him from the inside and wrapped all around the front window. It was quite the spectacle, I wish I took some pictures! If you have any, please send some to me.

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A close up of some of the special Tea Utensils, I’m sorry none of these are for sale.

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Please let us know if you see anything you might be interested in.

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Masanobu Ando: Solo Exhibition

May 21st, 2014

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We are really excited to announce our second exhibition for Japanese potter and Tea Master Masanobu Ando. For this exhibition we are diving further into our exploration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. We will be offering Tea Ceremony tools made by Masanobu Ando, considered the highest level of expression in his work, as well as a large collection of unique ceramics for the home.

The opening reception will be held Thursday May 29th, and Masanobu Ando will be hosting a public Tea Ceremony for our visitors.

Above: One of the unique Tea bowls made especially for the exhibition.

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A wall mounted flower vase.

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A silver glazed coffee funnel.

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One of our favorite pieces, a beautiful black and iron glazed footed bowl.

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A silver glazed milk pitcher.

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We will also be selling a special Chabako (Traveling tea box) put together by Masanobu Ando commissioning work from some of the most renowned artisans in Japan. It is a really special collection for anyone interested in learning Chad?.

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We hope to see you next week!

 

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Howell Paul Baker

May 18th, 2014

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Things have been quiet on the blog lately and with (I assume) good reason. Introducing Howell Paul Baker, born on April 25, 2014 at 7 Ibs 2 oz. We’ve been spending the last three weeks getting to know him, and he’s the sweetest little guy.

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On the left, about an hour old. On the right, two days old. It’s been interesting becoming reacquainted with the ways of a newborn! It’s definitely more enjoyable this time around, though I can’t say the toddler anxiety is!

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Elodie and baby brother Howell.

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Daddy and Howell. [This pic is by our friend Taylor Shute.]

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Mama and Howell.

 

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This week we also went to High Park to see the cherry blossoms, though they weren’t quite in full bloom. But with two little kids now we take what we can get!

Elodie is ready to explore!

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Annual cherry blossom kid pic, now with more kid.

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Hanging at the duck pond.

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Fiddle Leaf fig ficus

April 14th, 2014

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I just hauled up a huge 3-stem Fiddle Leaf fig ficus up two flights of stairs and man oh man is it big. Jurassic park big.

We purchased it from a lovely little plant shop called Dynasty on Queen West.

I haven’t even potted it yet, I just thought since it is a rainy day it would be a good opportunity to take a couple photos of it. I’ve seen people actually prune off the bottom leaves and train these into some incredible shapes, maybe something to consider down the road, however we like the simple vertical of this one.

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The Spanish chair with its terracotta like natural leather upholstery. I’ve had a lot of customers tell me they don’t like terracotta pots, and whenever I hear this I think it is such a shame. It is a simple and beautiful material, and the colour is spectacular, especially after it ages and devolopes stains and calcium build ups on the exterior.

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It’s also creating a little privacy screen before you enter the living room.

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I think I have to stop buying plants….

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Sucabaruca in Disegno

April 8th, 2014

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You can read a really nice interview with Luca Nichetto, Alissa Coe, and myself about the process of making Sucabaruca on Disegno right now. Please give it a read if you have a moment.

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Walk The Line

March 28th, 2014

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If you are planning on visiting the Milan furniture fair next month, please make an effort to come see our exhibition “Walk The Line” with Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva at iconic gallery and shop Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

Milan Design Week 8th-13th April 2014

Spazio
Rossana Orlandi
via Matteo Bandello,
14-16 Milan
Italy

Opening hours 9.00 – 20.00

Walk the line, the exhibition designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva, illustrates how the Sucabaruca coffee set and Cheburashka table set were born. The two collections, which are produced by different companies in different parts of the world, geographically and culturally very far from each other, share the same craftsmanship characterizing the production processes of porcelain and of ceramics, respectively.
The skills needed to produce these items become evident in the geometric patterns of the decoration, which are obtained by manually tracing a series of lines on each of the pieces. That is just where the title of the exhibition comes from.

Since 2009, John Baker and Juli Daoust have been collecting and distributing Japanese and Scandinavian objects with unique aesthetic and emotional meanings in their shop/gallery Mjo?lk, in Toronto, Canada. They also produce collections signed by major international designers.

In the Russian town of Suzdal, Vadim Dymov and Evgenia Zelenskaya, founders of Dymov Ceramics, produce, among other items, a particular kind of black ceramic pottery, for which an ancient process of cooking dating back to the third century AD is used.

These people were brought together by the collaboration of the Venetian designer Luca Nichetto and the Russian designer Lera Moiseeva, who worked together on the design of the Sucabaruca coffee set and the Cheburashka table set, which aim at enhancing two rituals of conviviality: filtered coffee and food sharing.

These products have in common the high quality of the craftsmanship emerging from the lines engraved by hand on their surfaces, which appear to intersect like the lives of those involved in these projects.

The Cheburashka set marks the beginning of a broader project that will be developed during the coming years and that aims to connect different cultures through an accurate selection of products realized by different designers and produced by Dymov Ceramics.

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We hope to carry the Cheburashka table set as soon as we can, we’ll keep you updated on the progress.

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