We were thrilled to find out Cereal was interested in profiling us in their features section on their website. Of course they are known for their beautiful publication, writing and romantic photography. We were really interesting to see our store through their lens.
Of course they did not disappoint. Photographer Titus Chan did a fantastic job capturing the mood of the store, and John Connell asked me some really thought provoking questions. I think our interview went well beyond what he needed to get.
Please read the article and see the photographs here
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Monday is our day off so today was pretty relaxed, with brunch at Luna, a visit with Sali Tabacchi, coffee at Full Stop and some grocery shopping. Since the dwell article a few things in our home have changed so we thought we would give you a little update.
The first little thing is our tiny little Peace Lily in an Arabia Finland planter, along with the Luca Nichetto Timeline bowl and copper Zoo table by Claesson Koivisto Rune. We also sell the TMM floor lamp by Spanish designer Miguel Mila, we always have his designs on display at Mjölk.
Available at Mjölk but not on the webstore yet: Luca Nichetto Timeline bowl and TMM floor lamp in white oak, beech, walnut or wenge. Please enquire here.
Underneath this little side table is our new (old) mid-century Swedish carpet by Judith Johansson. She is one of our favourite rug designers, you might recognize her work from the red and blue carpet we have at our cottage.
When we first moved in we didn’t have any rugs on the floor at all, and in the beginning it was really nice and minimalistic. However, as we grew into our home we starting craving the warmth you get from incorporating textiles. They are also so nice underfoot and remarkably cut down on sound.
The full shot of the living room rug.
The untreated vegetable tanned leather on our 2213 sofa is about 2 years old, and wearing beautifully. Eventually it will be a cognac brown.
Elodie rolling around on the carpet.
You might be wondering where our old Berber rug moved to. We found a great place for it in our bay window underneath the Conoid bench. The two carpets play off each other really well. We’ve always loved textiles but incorporating different styles in the same room can be challenging. That’s why we really took our time waiting for the perfect rug to tie everything together.
All of the subdued fall colours are really nice. Funny enough, when we bought the rug via an online auction, the colours in the photograph were more blue, pink and orange, so we were really disappointed when this colourway showed up. Thankfully because of all the white oak and natural leather it works and it ended up being a win!
A photo of Elodie to end with.
Sunday night we just got back from a really nice trip to Oslo and Stockholm, the main excuse of the trip was Stockholm design week which we participated in by hosting a reception at Gaston Vinbar to debut Sucabaruca in Europe.
Luca Nichetto the designer of Sucabaruca setting up the display on a long marble counter.
Gaston Vinbar is designed by famous Swedish designer Thomas Sandell, and features one of the best collections or wine in Sweden. It also has some incredible food on hand – we had the fish and chips and mac n’ cheese, both were fantastic.
The special pastel set completed with a pink coffee funnel.
It was so nice to see so many familiar faces come to the event! Thank you for the support, and we look forward to connecting again when the set is available for purchase. We hope to have everything settled very soon.
More from our trip to come!
A nice opportunity to see our space for anyone who hasn’t visited us, is this video for the Steven & Chris show. The shop is featured in the fourth segment, around the 28:00 minute mark, and the host talks about the architecture and style features of Scandinavian design.
Canadians can view the video here: SEASON 7 | Episode 76 | January 28, 2014
Thank you Steven & Chris and Maia for the nice feature!
A really special compliment to our Luca Nichetto show is a limited edition of 10 “Doc” cars made only for our exhibition.
Here is what Luca had to say about “Doc”:
Wood toy cars take us back to our childhood, the age of lightheartedness and pure joy.
Why not create a wood toy car that is also a time machine? This is the question where Doc comes from. Doc is a miniature reproduction of a DeLorean, famous for being the vehicle Marty McFly drives in “Back to the Future”, the car that makes him travel in time.
Each car is hand-signed by Luca, and only available through this exhibition. If you would like to get your hands on one, please send us an email. This special collector’s edition is $120CAD each and is available in store and online.
Currently on display until February 9 at the Design Exchange is 100% TOBEUS: 100 DESIGNERS FOR 100 NEW TOY CARS.
TobeUs was born as a vent of a designer who became a father and could not stand the sight of his own children using toys for just a few hours and then destroying them or stopping looking at them.
This is how the idea of TobeUs was born: toy cars made of wood, strong and sweet-scented, beautiful and clever because they are planned by skillful and passionate designers.
TobeUs has become synonymous with a way of design and the creation of new objects, attracting designers who want to design their own TobeUs. It seems that everyone has an idea for a wooden toy car in their drawer. Be careful, though, TobeUs is made by two cuts in a wooden stump that always has the same size. It is a project exercise that imposes clear limitations.
Matteo Ragni has gathered the the projects of the great masters of Italian design and curated “100% TobeUs: 100 Designers for 100 New Toy Cars”. Following a successful run at the Museo della Scienzae della Tecnologia di Milano, the exhibit comes to Design Exchange to show the value of a different future.
Featuring designs by Marcel Wanders, Mario Bellini, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Matali Crasset, and many more.
Wednesday night we hosted the first Canadian exhibition for Italian designer Luca Nichetto. It was an incredibly cold night, but we were so happy to see the showroom quickly fill with hundreds of people for our opening reception.
A platter of meats, cheeses, and our newly installed brass pendant lights by Jonas Lindvall for Wastberg.
The exhibition was the debut of the Sucabaruca coffee set, as well as a retrospective of some of Luca’s most iconic works.
The round tables from the Wolfgang series Luca designed for Fornasarig created a collection of “lilly pads” for displaying all of the exhibited works.
Luca Nichetto talking to Scott Eunson who made the model used to create the porcelain slip-cast for the coffee set.
The next morning Juli took some photographs of the showroom without people in them. Ceramic bookend for Petite Friture.
We debuted the coloured versions of Sucabaruca during the exhibition, so these haven’t been shown anywhere yet. The collection called “pop” is a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude. As well as the 1980s Memphis movement.
The white porcelian set is inspired the fashion designer Martin Margiela.
The pastel tones are reminiscent of the colours and sensitivity used in Japanese architecture.
Stereo chair with oak legs for Casamania, Italy and a sandcast aluminum and oak side table for David Design, Sweden. Sitting on top is Luca’s timeline bowl for Swedish brass maker Skultuna.
A cedar wood “Doc” car designed for part of the collection of toy cars by TobeUs – a project, 100% TobeUs, devised by Matteo Ragni.
Its goal is to take us back in time to the age of lightheartedness, if only for a few moments.
We received two Design Lines loves tags, thank you very much for the support!
Red Spoon vases for Salviati, Stewie floor lamp for Foscarini, and Timeline bowls for Skultuna.
Ceramic clocks for Petite Friture.
A ceramic floor lamp called “Vader” for Swedish design company David Design, as well as a concrete bench designed for Beijing Design week.
A beautiful glass vase for Salviati.
The ceramic umbra vase for Bosa.
Sali Tabacchi designed an incredible book to compliment the exhibition. Luca had the idea of using these brass paper weights to keep the book open and lined them up on our long teak shelf.