Inspired by Japanese shop and gallery catalogs, this project has been in the works for over a year. We worked closely with book designer Emily Tu, with words by John and photographs by Juli, to bring you the first Volume of what will hopefully be many publications over the coming years.
Inside volume 1:
Cafe Valand tour – Stockholm
Iris Hantverk workshop tour and interview with Lovisa Wattman
Kaffi Mokka tour – Reykjavik
Takashi Kougei workshop tour
Andrea Maack interview
Vik Pronsdottir interview
Iba Takahito home tour
Takano Coffee – Niseko Japan
Tanno Studio workshop tour
Pia Wallen workspace tour and interview
Curated guide to: Stockholm, Reykjavik, and Asahikawa Japan.
A little peek of the inside.
Printed in Toronto, Canada.
Available to be purchased here
Last week I went up north on my day off to paint the guest rooms and sun room floors white, and to lye and soap treat the rest of the unfinished pine floors. Having experimented with diluted milk paint on the floors in the store, I can confidently say this is the most natural looking white finish I have seen. It looks closer to an unfinished wood than something intentional.
You can see in this photo where the lye floor meets the white painted floor. The strip is from tape and shows the colour of the unfinished pine.
A shot of the floor after the first coat of soap flakes. The soap creates a barrier to stop dirt and oil from penetrating the wood, to clean everything up again you simply have to mop the floor using the soap solution and the dirt and dust is removed and a new membrane of soap is added.
On top of that, it is the most matte finish you could ever ask for, and it also allows dents in floors to rise again.
I also got around to painting the bedroom floors a nice glossy white.
Also the sun room, which has never looked better. We have a really great idea for this room that I think you’re going to really enjoy!
Finally with the help of our plumber we installed the ceramic sink and white faucet which looks amazing against the birch counter.
I also managed to cut a new piece of wood to sit between the counter and the window. It’s starting to come together!
This week we had a bit of time on our hands so we started working on a custom sandwich board for the shop. We bought a couple of nice wide boards and began to burn them a la Terunobu Fujimori.
The next step we sealed the board with a very matte polyurethane called Bona Traffic. This will keep the charcoal from rubbing off onto your hands.
We found some really nice copper hinges to match our copper wall light by Poul Henningsen.
Here it is drying out in the sun.
We commissioned Melinda Josie to create the illustration for the sandwich board and a matching version for our window.
Here it is sitting outside doing its job.
Here is the logo in the front window, it used to read “Pure Scandinavian” but with the amount of Japanese and Canadian influence I think this is more appropriate.
We are so happy to announce the birth of Elodie Mae Baker, born March 30th at 13:24, weighing 6.6 pounds (above, she is is one week old!).
About 38 weeks…anticipation!
Not sure what it is about being pregnant but it often brings out the craftiness in the ladies. Pregnant pal Celine (who is due any day!) and I made soft blocks and baby quilts. The day before our scheduled c section (unfortunate but necessary) Lindsey Bakes popped by the shop with a box of goodies that got us through the two days in hospital. How adorable are those onesies!!!!
About 40 minutes old.
Dad’s set up / Visiting baby in the NICU (unfortunately we didn’t get to spend the first night with her, as she had fluid in her lungs and needed to be taken care of…but thankfully everything was otherwise ok!)
After 30 hours in the NICU she was finally handed over to us. Our first early morning together (got it under control).
One of the first big laughs for mom and dad: discovering that 0-3 month clothing is waaaay too big for a newborn.
Home to Isha! Her first whiff of the baby she was caught pretty off guard, but she seems to be handling things ok. We’ve been making a big effort to pay a lot of attention to her too.
This blog just got a whole lot cuter. Cats and babies. Elodie meet Isha. Isha meet Elodie / Classic Isha – butt to the baby, with tail covering her head for good measure.
Ready to watch Game of Thrones!
We still have a few silk baby hats available in the shop. Elodie is modelling the size 0, which still has plenty of room to grow into. Currently not available online though so email us.
A few more for good measure.
This happens more than is practical.
As Morgan from The Brick House recently suggested, Twitter and Instagram are the new blog. So if you want to keep up to date with our goings on (I promise there are Mjölk, design and food related things as well…naturally we’ve just been distracted), follow us here:
Twitter = mjolkshop
Two perspectives on Instagram = @juli_at_mjolk / @john_at_mjolk
I hope everyone’s week is going well. I’m sorry for our blog neglect recently, we are so close to having the baby and there are so many loose ends to tie up before her arrival. Something we’ve been meaning to share with you all that we needed to clean the apartment up first to photograph is our new table by Winnipeg based architect and designer Thom Fougere.
You might recognize it from the IDS coverage we did this year, the beautiful Manitoba tyndal stone was unlike anything we’ve ever seen. We asked Thom during the event if he would consider selling us his prototype, I think our enthusiasm paid off and he accepted.
The table is nice and low, so when you stand over it the stone looks as if it’s hovering above the steel structure.
This is our view of it from the sofa. Don’t worry, we have some very nice Pia Wallen felt coasters that will keep the top looking nice and crisp for a long time.
Quite possibly the most beautiful collection of bathroom accessories we’ve ever seen.
Of course it’s by our friends at Nendo.
A wall-mounted box frame sink.
An overflow bathroom sink and vanity.
Mirrors that look like like pooling water in a wooden frame.
Wood storage module.
Photos and story via Azure Magazine