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Waffle benny, Silver cutlery, and Contest winner

December 22nd, 2010

Yesterday we went to Starving Artist for some eggs benedict over potato and chives waffles. We’ve been looking for new brunch places to try, and we’ll definitely be returning here. If you guys have any recommendations of places that are open on Mondays/Tuesdays that serve a great brunch, we’re all ears (besides Aunties & Uncles, Grapefruit Moon, Saving Grace, Mitzie’s, Yasis’s Place).

I also wanted to mention that we only have 2 pairs of Yuki Sakano cutlery left at the shop. Each piece is made by Yuki herself from solid Nickel silver, and then plated again one last time with pure silver. You can keep the beautiful light colour by polishing with a soft cloth, or as Yuki would intend, enjoy the tarnished silver as it naturally oxidizes.

$205 / set

I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for your encouraging words. We’ve got some pretty amazing artists we’re looking forward to working with this year, and I hope you’ll like our new products as much as we do!

As for the winner of the family of Oak birds here are the results:

The winner is…

Graham!

Congratulations, check your inbox!

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Mjölk Pop up shop at Thor!

December 14th, 2010

We’re very excited to announce the first day of the Mjolk Pop-up shop at Thor Espresso bar!

For all of our downtown customers that have a hard time trekking all the way to the Junction, stop by 35 Bathurst St.  (south of King at Niagara)  and check out some of our Christmas gift ideas and enjoy some of the best coffee in the city.

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Snow, Breakfast, and Thor

December 7th, 2010

This is what I saw outside my window yesterday morning. This wasn’t the first snow fall this year, but it was the first time the snow stuck around.

It was our day off so we decided to go to Poor John’s in Parkdale for some brunch.

Juli had a breakfast bagel.

I had the traditional breakfast with marble rye toast, it was delicious! So nice to have a new brunch spot!

We finished our coffee at Poor Johns and decided to get another coffee at a new Scandinavian inspired espresso bar called Thor. We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Patrick and Tom during their renovations, but this was our first time actually seeing Thor in person.

Pine slats Spruce tongue and groove from a mid 1800s manufactory in the Kitchener/Waterloo area run the length of the bar.

It’s a cozy light filled space with sheepskins draped over white black and blue Eames shell chairs, the side tables are made from off-cuts from the bar.

The Eero Aarnio stools are from us, and they look amazing in the space!

A nice bright corner full of design and travel books, along with other goodies for sale.

Industrial felt covers pine benches underneath the span of windows.

One of the most important items at Thor is their “Slayer” espresso machine, one of only 52 on the planet.

The Viking themed artwork on the bathroom door by Afo Grigoriev, who also did the mural behind the bar. Love it!

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Melinda Josie – Dalahäst – at mjölk

November 27th, 2010

You may remember this painting we bought awhile back by artist Melinda Josie. Well, we are pleased to tell you that we have a special little exhibition of new artworks in Melinda Josie’s C series (or what has become a series!).

Now hanging at mjölk are the following gorgeous intricately hand painted pieces. It took all our strength to not scoop them all up (just one for our “permanent collection”)!

Dalahäst Björk
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

$300

Dalahäst Korsstygn
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

SOLD

Dalahäst Marinblå
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

SOLD

Dalahäst Matsson
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

$300

Dalahäst Mörbakelse
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

$300

Dalahäst Sticka
8.5″ x 8.5″ framed

SOLD

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“Constructions” Contemporary Norwegian Arts & Crafts

November 23rd, 2010

Last week we went to the opening of “Constructions” a new exhibition at the Design Exchange highlighting contemporary Norwegian designers inspired by traditional folk crafts.

“This exhibition of contemporary Norwegian arts and crafts is based on the concept of “construction” – in the sense of the way something is put together. The term is used in many fields, including architecture, engineering and geometry, music and language. In the field of arts and crafts, “construction” is used to describe methods for both building three-dimensional forms and creating patterns in surfaces, or a fusion of these. There are many construction methods, ranging from work on a single object to the joining of different elements.”

Here is a small sampling of the show:

Crocheted jewlery made from mass produced ceramic figurines by Anne Lene Lovhaug.

Embroidered wooden boxes by Lars Sture

Burled birch bowl by Havard Larsen

Antler knife.

Bowl in Cherry wood with crushed eggshell lacquer interior by Lillian Dahle.

Contemporary Anorak bag inspired by traditional and ceremonial Anorak bags. By Marianne Moe.

A deconstructed quilt by Anne-Gry Loland.

Felt applique by Inger Johanne Rasmussen.

Embroidered wooden butterfly.

Antler Chain marked with plastic year markers used to mark reindeer, by Aslaug Juliussen.

The show is on from November 19th to January 23rd, check out the Design Exchange for directions and hours!

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Karelia

November 1st, 2010

Before there was Mjolk, there was a groundbreaking modernist store on Bloor Street West Front Street East called Karelia. It was a store that introduced modern Finnish design to Toronto. You could find high-end pieces by Yrjö Kukkapuro and Eero Aarnio, designers that still haven’t returned back to the Toronto modern retail scene.

The store existed before our time, but we have a lot of customers and former employees of Karelia that come in our store and reminisce about its time as a store.

Let me back track a little — Every Monday on our day off we visit a neighbourhood in the city. Today we trekked over to Leslieville, on Queen St. East. We visited Jake at one of the best stores in the city, Machine Age Modern. After talking obsessively about Tapio Wirkkala he took out an old poster he had from Karelia. He mentioned he had visited Janis Kravis, the owner of Karelia who is still working as an architect in Toronto.

He told me the owner has a whole wall of modernist glass, one of which was signed “Thanks for having me over for dinner – Alvar Aalto” A one of a kind piece created by Aalto to mark the occasion.

Imagine getting Finel coffee percolators for $15.95?

Jake gave us an early wedding gift, which are little mementos from the old Karelia store.

Two stainless steel hearts.

Which come together to form a sculpture. I’m not sure who the designer is but Jake thinks it’s from Sweden, I still need to do some research…

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