Despite the cold weather. and the March break holiday we were happy to see so many familiar faces join us for our reception with Nagano-based glass artists Studio Prepa. Our latest exhibition “Mold All” Presented by Play Mountain and Studio Prepa is a collection of glass art made using wooden molds that leave the impression of wood bark and end-grain on each vase. The wood is burned away, so a new mold has to be made for every piece resulting in a collection of unique works in many different sizes and shapes.
If you haven’t seen the video we last posted, you have to check it out. It is incredible to see the process.
Above: Mr. Hira’s tools and what is left of the wood mold after it is used.
The process itself is inspired by Scandinavian “Ice glass” which was popularized by artists like Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva. Even the iconic “Savoy” vase designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s was originally made using a wood mold and then later made with a metal one to accommodate mass-production. The Hira’s took this original process, and enhanced it even more by lining bark to the interior of the mold to further romanticize the texture of wood grain. Now these vases look almost like they are the form of the log itself, instead of just the interior.
Very beautiful grey / blue glasses.
The complimentary amber vases look especially nice with bright green leaves.
Along with the Moldall collection, we also showed Studio Prepa’s art glass which they are famous for.
Maple lids carved to perfectly fit the asymmetrical forms of each vase.
Very Scandinavian looking glass-cast candle holders.
One of our favorites in the collection: the glass planters.
A glass paper weight used as a futaoki (lid rest).
Mr. and Mr.s Hira on the far right.
Studio Prepa is with us all weekend here in the shop! Check out this amazing video of how they make their MOLD ALL pieces then swing on by to say hello between 5pm and 7pm tonight!
Just a few snapshots of some of the incredible work that will be on display starting this weekend. Meet Studio Prepa (or say hi if you met them a few years ago) between 5-7pm Saturday, March 15.
There is quite a variety of shapes and sizes. Prices vary from $50-$200+.
Coloured glass vessel.
Single stem vase.
Glass jar with wooden lid.
Lid from above.
Also on display will be some pieces from Studio Prepa’s studio line.
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!