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Give the Gift of Light

December 3rd, 2015

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Hostess/Host gift:

Jurgen Lehl Beeswax Candle

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For cozy days and nights: 

Ildhane Candleholder by Anderssen & Voll - $85

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

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Oil Lamp by Toronto-based Castor – $395

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JWDA Concrete Lamp – $250 (available early December)

 

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Klong Patina Oil Lamps in three sizes – $160 / $275 / $340

 

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Give the Gift of Tea

November 24th, 2015

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Mami Hasegawa Hand Hammered Brass Tea Scoop – $230

Medium Copper Tea Leaf Container - $110

Renaud Sauve White Porcelain Container (not on website) – $500

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We have a variety of Jurgen Lehl teas available – $15

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Masanobu Ando Cream Pitcher, Extra Small – $40

Mami Hasegawa Silver Tea Spoon – $95

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Takashi Tomii Shikimono Square Tray – $120

Masanobu Ando Cappucino Cup and Saucer – $95

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Jurgen Lehl Ethiopian Forest Honey – $25

Copper Japanese Tea Strainer – $85

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Masanobu Ando White Large Tea Pot – $340

Masanobu Ando Black Small Tea Pot – $240

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Handmade Bamboo Tea Whisk - $50

Masanobu Ando Shino Tea Bowl   - $850

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And if you’re really serious, we have two Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kits available

L: Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kit Chaduto $740
R: Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kit in collaboration with Mina Perhonen $950

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Kumu Tokyo

November 18th, 2015

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Back during our early summer visit to Tokyo we had the opportunity to visit our friend Masanori Oji’s new retail shop, Kumu. Opened with his friend Noriko Konuma, who owns, curates and manages the shop, it acts as a showroom for Oji-san’s work as well as a small selection of work by other makers.

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Oi-san designed all of the graphics, the mailbox and indoor fixtures.

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Shop talk.

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We bought that mobile on the upper right for Howell’s bedroom.

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If only these switches were North American approved!

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An upstairs space for meetings or events.

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The building is owned by Noriko Konuma’s grandfather, who built it sixty years ago across from the home where her father grew up. Used for storage for a long time, Noriko-san has given the building and legacy a new life.

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Kumu
Curator : Noriko Konuma (far right)
Associate Directors : Masanori Oji (third from right), Takuya Matsuo (far left), and Kazuya Kiguchi

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After our visit we popped over to Jurgen Lehl to say hello, and they told us to visit this restaurant which happens to be near Kumu. Fantastic Italian meal, cozy atmosphere, and we really felt taken care of.

TOMOSUKE
Address: 20-4 Nihonbashikodenmacho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0001, Japan
Phone:+81 3-3666-1717

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Google Map

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Blanket Season

November 11th, 2015

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Agnés in light pink/beige/grey by Inga Sempé, 130cm x 200cm

We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably gorgeous weather this autumn in Toronto. The trees just became bare the other day, so I anticipate cooler days will be upon us soon. We have just received all of our blanket shipments for the season, and we’re excited to be working again with Røros Tweed from Norway.

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Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality wool products since 1940, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Selected wool from Norwegian sheep and 100% Norwegian production, combined with collaboration with Scandinavia’s top designers and textile artists, has made Røros Tweed one of the most renowned wholly Norwegian quality brands.

Above: Bernadette by Inga Sempé in light blue/beige, 130cm x 180cm

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Thick but not too heavy, cozy soft texture, 100% pure wool. Norwegian sheep graze on clean, fresh mountain pastures, making their wool pure and more environmentally-friendly than most textile fibres. In combination with the flexibility and insulation properties that are naturally developed in sheep that dwell in the cold Norwegian climate, this is a fundamental reason for the superior quality and functionality of Røros products. 

Above: Bernadette by Inga Sempé in dark grey/light grey, 130cm x 180cm

 

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Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality wool products since 1940. Now they are working with some of our favourite designers such as Inga Sempé, Kristine Five Melvær, and of course Anderssen & Voll.

Above: Mikkel pastel by Kristine Five Melvær, 130cm x 200cm

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Naturpledd Nøste by Kristine Five Melvær, 130cm x 200cm (not currently on the website)

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Above: Lynild grey/natural by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm (not currently on website)

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Above: Lynild violet/orange by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm - only one available

 

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Above: Lynild red/blue by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm (not currently on website) - only one available

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Punkt in green by Anderssen & Voll, 150cm x 210cm

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Punkt in grey by Anderssen & Voll, 150cm x 210cm

 

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Hotel Okura

October 28th, 2015

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On our last trip to Japan in June, we made sure to book into Hotel Okura before it closed for demolition (the South Tower remains, but the Main Building was where the true magic was).

No word of a lie, as the taxi drove up to the entrance, the James Bond theme song was playing.

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The font, colours, signage, MOOD all together was truly so special. Also the nods to a distant past, like the writing desk areas. Too bad they are so quaint and unused nowadays.

 

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L: Taxi drop off/pick up at South Tower (I wish the lights were easier to capture!)
R: Greenery and Mural in the South Tower Lobby

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Every detail has been considered, with similar geometric shapes.
Top: Pendant lights, pot lights and sunlights.
Bottom Left: Light wells, and carpets in basement elevator zone, to South Tower.
Bottom Right: Inside the elevator, elevator roof details and font.

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Linking the two towers underground is a shopping plaza, yet another reminder of another time. Gift shops, clothing, art and books are all available.

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Carpet, Ikebana, Font.

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Main lobby at night. Large tree, stone and water installation.

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Lobby waiting area. Large scale but intimate.

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Love the Smoke Bush.

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A more intimate sitting area off to the side.

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The Orchid Bar was from another time. Waiters in tuxedos. Classic cocktails. Mother of pearl shell backsplash. Cigarette smoke.

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Signage, from when they had travel agents on hand to make arrangements, now done on personal phones and computers.

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Cloakroom and Kimono.

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Hotel Okura selfie.

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So many amenities.

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Lobby during the day.

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Another outside view of the Main Building.

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Triangle tile work.

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Carpets at Mjölk

October 26th, 2015

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Happy Monday! We got some R and R in thanks to help from the grandparents, who took the kids for the weekend. Every parent’s dream. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather too.

We’ve been tiptoeing back into selling rugs, with a limited selection of Kilims and Berbers. Adding texture via carpets is essential to bringing warmth and interest into a room.

Above: Another Rug, in our entryway at home. Absolutely love it!

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Another Rug, by All The Way To Paris for &tradition
Manufactured using the ancient Kilim technique.
$650 – 90cm x 240cm runner version in stock, other sizes can be ordered. Unfortunately it’s not yet on our website but we are always available via email or phone.

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Black and White Berber rugs, made in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Made to order, prices vary accordingly.

In stock: Black with white, 400cm x 340cm $5440.00

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Carpets by Jurgen Lehl
We are honoured to have acquired three from his exhibition back in October 2014. These are some of his last designs.

Handwoven wool rug.
Made in Tunisia.

Above: 84cm x 221cm $2000.00

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51cm x 80cm $550

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50cm x 102cm $600

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