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Sucabaruca & Aureola made by Kihara

May 10th, 2016

From the very beginning, Sucabaruca and Aureola, was about involving people from different cultures and countries; Luca Nichetto, a designer from Venice, Italy, but residing in Stockholm, Sweden; Lera Moiseeva, designer and artist of Russian origin, but New Yorker by adoption; Mjölk, a purveyor of objects and furniture from Japan and Scandinavia; Canadian ceramicist Alissa Coe, who carefully crafted the prototypes and the first edition of the sets; Kihara Inc, the manufacturer of the sets, skillfully handcrafted each piece in Arita, Japan. All of these people have enriched the project, making it an extraordinary melting pot of ideas and energy on an international scale.

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We chose to work with Kihara because of the history and expertise of the makers in the studio. Arita was one of the first places to produce porcelain wares in Japan in the early 17th Century. The work that was produced was heavily influenced by Korea, using an underglaze in blue, the Sometsuke porcelain became the primary finishing technique.

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Today, Arita ceramics are considered both works of fine art as well as vessels primarily used for function. Kihara, a studio that has been producing for over 400 years, uses a traditional white glaze with blue undertones. The company still produces work with techniques that have remained unchanged while also incorporating new technologies to enhance the nature of the material.

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The Sucabaruca Coffee Set is rich in cultural and formal references that come from the influences of several people involved in the project. The main cone-shaped body is reminiscent of Carmencita, the famous character created by Armando Testa in1966 for the tv show Carosello. The lines in the ceramic are meant to emphasize the uniqueness of the pieces which can be stacked and combined in various ways.

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Set includes pot, filter funnel and 3 cups.

The Aureola Tea Set was designed based on research about ancient and modern tea sharing rituals that play a significant role in the social relationships in several countries. The tea ceremony represents an important tradition in many areas of the world, and particularly in Asia, influencing numerous other cultures. By observing how tea is consumed in Russia, Luca Nichetto noticed that the infuse is served not in cups but in small bowls without the handle and realized how this small detail gives more solemnity to the whole ritual.

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Set includes pot, strainer and 2 bowls.

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Anderssen & Voll Gardening Collection Reception at Kollekted By

February 24th, 2016

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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:.

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The brass, wood, glass and terracotta products looked right at home in their space. This is the joy of natural materials.

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The space was previously a butcher shop, and they kept some of the details, such as the white tile, to great effect.

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The amazing green terrazzo floor made us envious, and perfectly suits the furniture, products and space they have curated.

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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).

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Amazing turn out, outside and in!

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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.

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Oji Masanori TODO Exhibition

February 1st, 2016

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Last week was the opening to our newest exhibition for Japanese design Oji Masanori debuting several new collections including a teapot, teacups and mugs by Susumuya and also cypress trays, containers and boxes by time honoured lacquer-ware company Kirimoto.

Our main contribution to the exhibition was revealing our newest production collaboration with Oji Masanori, two beautiful pendant lights both made here in Toronto, along with a wooden serving board inspired by the earth and the moon.

The Hemisphere pendant went on the win the 2016 TODO Juror’s Choice Award.

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Here is what Oji Masanori had to say about the collaboration:

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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 favourite destinations.

John had 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.
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 whole light 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 is the perfect mix and blend 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

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A nice Ikebana flower arrangement using the porcelain Comport dish by Oji Masanori for Jicon.

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The walnut meat board, another Mjolk collaboration with Oji Masanori. The cutting board is used for resting a roast, steak or cooked vegetables. The deep grooves around the tray allow for the juices to collect. You can carve the roast or slice the steak directly on the board, and the little dish on the end can be used as a salt cellar for seasoning the meat or vegetables right on the table. The two circles represent the earth and the moon.

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Beautiful Susumu tableware making their debut.

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Jicon sake server and cups.

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Since Oji Masanori also designs all of the packaging for his works, we thought it would be nice to exhibit them as well.

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Every component of the Diamond pendant is custom made.

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We received a Designlines Loves tag for the diamond pendant!

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Wednesday, January 20th we hosted a reception for Oji-san. We are thankful to all who came out, the response was outstanding!

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Takuya Matsuo and Masanori Oji

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Catering by Imanishi Japanese Kitchen.

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It was Elodie’s first exhibition – I really wanted her to wear her Fort Kids dress but she opted for Frozen upon Frozen. Can’t win them all! Howell checked the show out too. He was pretty annoyed that he had to go to bed.

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Elodie kept busy drawing pictures and practicing her letters (what?), and then gave them out to unsuspecting guests.

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Thank you to everyone who attended!

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Oji Masanori x Mjölk

January 13th, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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

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Give the Gift of Growth

December 9th, 2015

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.

        

Min Brass and Oak Watering Can designed by Anderssen & Voll for Mjolk – $395.00

Gardenias Vase Shape No. 2 by Jamie Hayon for BD Barcelona – $455.00

        

        

Scissors by Tajika Ironworks$55.00 / $75.00 / $95.00 / $260.00

Tajika Haruo Ironworks have been producing handcrafted scissors in Ono City, Japan, for 4 generations. Each piece is hand-forged and hand-sharpened using traditional methods dating back to the Showa period.

Ang Vase Long by Eva Schildt for Klong – $200.00

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.

        

Ang Vase Round Large by Eva Schildt for Klong – $200.00

Ang Vase Round Small by Eva Schildt for Klong – $97.00

Iris Hantverk Goat Hair Dust Brush – $30.00

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.

Canadian Customers
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

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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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