This past week we welcomed Norihiko Terayama to the shop, to exhibit his new g,a,r,d,e,n ruler. Norihiko set up a beautiful window display of foraged flora from the neighbourhood as well as from the multitude of Coriander Girl bouquets we had floating around. It took two days of laborious cultivating and placement.
Window decal by Sali Tabacchi.
Elodie helping set up the exhibition.
Mouth blown glass, soap water solution
The Awaglass (awa meaning bubble) is inspired by the experiential aspect of an hourglass. The captivating visual of time slipping away.
The vessel contains a clear liquid that looks like water. It seems ordinary at first but after one turns the vessel over bubbles begin to form creating an unexpected moment.
The Awaglass does not have a pre-determined time, and allows the user to create their own schedule.
during cherry blossom season, I visited a park which has a small round pond. The next day I went to same park and I saw fallen petals floating on the water. This inspired me to make a vase for fallen petals, rather than just the flower itself.
two unique cups that appear to be broken and mended together using each other’s parts. One is a matte white cup, and the other a blue and white patterned cup with a glaze. Together they are mended using gold, which is a traditional technique in Japan to mend broken pottery.
In this instance, two ordinary looking cups can look more beautiful after they are broken and re-mended.
$150 / set of 2
Everyone who attended the opening observed that it was a very calming show.
Acrylic, various plant specimens
garden is a ruler containing a collection of wild plants placed in increments of 1cm. I forage these plants near my home, I find many different types of plants and am at the mercy of chance and seasonality. To me, this is a miniature garden, a little piece of my own garden. Whether this ruler is placed on a shelf or a desk, I hope you will find a little garden in your own home.
$285 (sold out)
Thank you to everyone who braved the crazy rain we’ve been getting (on a Tuesday evening no less!). The rulers sold out in 30 minutes, and everyone was so engaging with the artist, we are so pleased to have such a supportive design community.
Norihiko chatting with a guest.
The Børge Mogensen bench was a popular hang out all night.
Norihiko (left) and guest.
Everyone always congregates in the kitchen.
It’s another busy week here at the Kitka/Mjolk homestead. We’ve finally gotten to a place where we can start putting our nice things out permanently and hang pictures on the wall. We’ve been working on a little vignette across from our dining table with our baby high chair and Aalto Tea trolley. It all came together after our acquisition of the above tile work by Renaud Sauve (Atelier Des Cent-ans). We commissioned the piece last time we saw him back in the winter, and he dropped off this beautiful work when he came back to Toronto for the spring One of a Kind Show.
He also brought us some new pieces that were not shown at the One of a Kind Show, so if you had the opportunity to see his beautiful booth last week and didn’t get your hands on a piece of his work, don’t fret. We have some amazing unique works for you here at the shop!
The tiles are made of porcelain and feature a hand “tattooed” dyeing technique which originates from Korea. The white oak frame was made by Renaud’s partner Gilbert Garcia.
Very Japanese, but uniquely Renaud.
Some more treasures: Japanese indigo coasters and a birch sake cup by Kota Fukunaga (who we represent at Mjölk). Also, some Swedish matches from our last trip to Stockholm.
Little by little the place is coming together.
We’re so excited to announce our 2nd exhibition of 2013. We will be hosting Japanese industrial designer and conceptual artist Norihiko Terayama, in his first solo exhibition in North America. Norihiko will be coming all the way to Toronto from Kanagawa, Japan to be here for the opening reception which is April 9th from 7 – 10pm.
If you’re in Toronto, we hope you can make it!
A collection of foraged plant specimens placed in one centimeter increments.
The Awaglass (awa meaning bubble) is inspired by the experiential aspect of an hourglass. The captivating visual of time slipping away. The vessel contains a clear liquid that looks like water. It seems ordinary at first but after one turns the vessel over bubbles begin to form creating an unexpected moment.
A ruler with handpicked flower blossoms placed in 1cm increments.
A ceramic vase inspired by the cherry blossoms hanging over a pond, the petals fall and float on the water’s surface.
A set of cups that appear to be broken and re-mended with gold, inspired by traditional Japanese pottery that use real gold for repairing cracks.
We just got back from a wonderful trip to Stockholm.
We just saw this video made by Disegno about Claesson Koivisto Rune and our CEREMONY set and we wanted to share it with you.
More from our trip to Stockholm later this week.
On Wednesday night we hosted an exhibition for Claesson Koivisto Rune. We are so honored to be presenting their first retrospective in Canada, and debuting “CEREMONY”, the serving set designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune and produced by Mjolk with the expertise of local artisans Alissa Coe, Scott Eunson, and Adrian Kuzyk.
It was such a pleasure to be able to spend time with such a brilliant firm, whose personalities are as equally warm and charming as their work. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to visit the exhibition during the opening night, the show will continue in its full installation until January 31st, and after that a stripped down version of the exhibition will continue until February 8th.
CEREMONY set: trays in pure brass, copper, and blackened steel reversible with Canadian hard maple serving/cutting side. Pitcher: unglazed white porcelain exterior with glazed interior, and bowl / lid in Canadian hard maple.
As our exhibition coincided with Toronto Design Week the Ceremony set won “Best in show – Best new product” from Toronto Design Offsite, as well as a “Designlines Loves tag”.
Ceremony with maple serving side up – underside in raw brass.
The front half of the store was emptied to make room for the full installation. Every work you see is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune.
The Kami table for Discipline in black, paired with 6 Röhsska chairs for Swedese in white oak.
The Unit cabinet for Asplund, and three Spin poufs for Tacchini.
Zoo table in raw copper for Asplund.
The Vass cabinet for Asplund, W08 Claesson Koivisto Rune task light for Wastberg, Camp clock for DavidDesign, and Sense air purifier for Blueair.
A collection of smaller works on display including the beautiful Rothko trays for Botswana based furniture maker Mabeo.
Teatime tea trolley in ash wood with removable white painted trays for Swedese. The table lamp is called the Baklava lamp for Orsjo.
Monet – A set of sugar candies for the Japanese tea ceremony designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune and made in collaboration with Sfera and a Kyoto based candy maker.
The model of Örsta gallery.
Torus bracelet by DFTS.
Anemone vase for Gallery Pascale.
Press magazine stand for Asplund.
Folded Roof House model.
Tonic glasses for Italesse.
Widlund house model
Basso champagne coaster for Skultuna.
Nest bamboo basket for Sfera.
PO/0018 fruit basket for Cappellini.
Eve bracelet for Gallery Pascale.
Lima sofa for Tacchini, Brasilia coffee table for Swedese, Fluid pendant light for Muuto.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening party. So many familiar faces and interesting conversations.
The prettiest sushi from Sushi67.
Happy New Year everyone!
We’re very excited to announce our first exhibition of 2013.
Along with a retrospective of Claesson Koivisto Rune’s furniture, design accessories, and architectural models we are debuting a small series of products inspired by The Japanese Tea Ceremony and Swedish Fika coffee culture.
The collaborative work is executed by local Toronto artisans:
Alissa Coe of Coe and Waito
Scott Eunson – sculpture artist and wood worker
Adian Kuzyk – wood artisan.
Please stop by to see the exhibition and meet our guests of honour:
Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune!
Invitation design by Sali Tabacchi