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Stockholm souvenirs

March 9th, 2016

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We didn’t do too much shopping on our last trip to Stockholm, but we did manage to all come away with a little something. Claesson Koivisto Rune gifted us their book about their recently completed architectural project The inde/jacobs gallery in Marfa, Texas. They also collaborated with Skultuna to create a limited edition run of paper weights, so we popped by the Skultuna concept store to pick one up.

Marfa 1/32″ = 1′ Scale model paperweight
The desk in the inde/jacobs gallery is strategically placed in the cross-breeze between the entrance and inner courtyard doors. To hold papers down, the Marfa 1/32″ = 1′ paperweight was designed. Made in the shape of a scale model of the gallery and manufactured in sand-cast and polished brass by Skultuna, a Swedish brass foundry established in 1607.

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Nearby is a little Swedish folk craft shop we like to visit called Svensk Slöjd. They happened to have some simple brown leather clogs on sale, and I couldn’t pass up the $20 score. Looking forward to wearing these around the cottage.

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We’ve been waiting years to indulge in some Pippi Longstocking…Elodie is still a tad too young for the movies but we thought an introductory book and the hobby horse (and a dress, not pictured) were a good place to start. We had to go to three toy stores to find that horse – there was something about buying the Pippi horse that had to happen.

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Stockholm February 2016, part two

February 27th, 2016

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Day three brought us to Gamla Stan for a morning meeting. I absolutely love the coloured buildings. It was an especially grey and dark week and the colours certainly bring some joy.

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We enjoyed a lovely conversation about design at Cia Weden and Lovisa Wattman’s shared studio. You may remember Lovisa from our very first Mjölk book. I absolutely love how the Swedish offset the dimness of winter with candles.

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Terrazzo flooring at Gamla Stan station.

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Next up was lunch at Ett Hem. We originally wanted to stay there but they were fully booked, so a meal in their kitchen was the next best option. Served at the communal harvest table in the cozy kitchen, we dined on a two course meal. To our surprise, none other than Ilse Crawford ended up dining with us. What a pleasure it was to be able to discuss design with her.

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Then we had a quick peek around…

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Pallo Vase by Carina Seth Andersson.

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I liked the green tile in the bathroom, which matched my blouse.

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Our first visit to the Svenskt Tenn tea room.

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Estrid Ericson‘s office.

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Asplund featured a pairing of Pia Wallén capelets, bags and slippers on Asplund utility furniture by Broberg & Ridderstråle.

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We were supposed to meet somewhere new to us for dinner with the Anderssen & Voll team however we ended up at our old favourite Pelikan, for SOS and meatballs.

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Stockholm February 2016, part one

February 25th, 2016

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A few weeks ago we went to Stockholm for the Furniture & Light Fair, and to reconnect with friends, since we missed the previous year. I didn’t bring my camera but most of the following photos were not shared on Instagram.

For this trip we got a bit extravagant and stayed at the Grand Hotel. It had been our 5 year wedding anniversary recently and we thought we’d celebrate in style. Too bad I got a terrible cold on the lead up to the trip. On the upside, the hotel spa was a total benefit, one that I am afraid has spoiled me forever. Imagine after 12 hours of travel time, arriving at your hotel and being able to decompress in the steam room, sauna, pools and massage service.

Above is the view from our room.

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Since we usually stay in Södermalm, we weren’t sure where to grab a bite close to the hotel. We were looking for a konditori and it was suggested to go to Wiener Caféet, where we grabbed a late lunch and shared our first of many semla.

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Afterwards we popped over to the Nobis Hotel to catch Claesson Koivisto Rune‘s Smaller Objects press party and launch.

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Off to dinner at Matbaren, located conveniently in our hotel. Designed by StudioIlse, love these floor tiles.

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The following day we spent at the Furniture Fair. We barely managed to see anything because our discussions with our suppliers took most of our time.

This year there were two designers representing Canada in the Greenhouse section of new design. Above is local Toronto/Junction design duo MSDS Studio. They also participated last year, whereby several of their lights were picked up and put into production by Danish brand Woud. This year’s collection was equally tight, the photo above not doing it justice. My favourite pieces were the porcelain lamps (prototypes made by Alissa Coe).

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New to Greenhouse this year is our good friend Thom Fougere (you may recall us having that wonderful tyndall stone coffee table, pre-kids).

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We’ve been working with Thom on developing his prototype for a fireplace tools set. We have yet to purchase one for our home, because it’s so challenging finding a nice modern set (we once tried to buy a vintage set but it was priced around $10,000!).

We hope that everyone had some success at the fair!

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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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Kumu Tokyo

November 18th, 2015

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Back during our early summer visit to Tokyo we had the opportunity to visit our friend Masanori Oji’s new retail shop, Kumu. Opened with his friend Noriko Konuma, who owns, curates and manages the shop, it acts as a showroom for Oji-san’s work as well as a small selection of work by other makers.

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Oi-san designed all of the graphics, the mailbox and indoor fixtures.

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Shop talk.

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We bought that mobile on the upper right for Howell’s bedroom.

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If only these switches were North American approved!

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An upstairs space for meetings or events.

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The building is owned by Noriko Konuma’s grandfather, who built it sixty years ago across from the home where her father grew up. Used for storage for a long time, Noriko-san has given the building and legacy a new life.

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Kumu
Curator : Noriko Konuma (far right)
Associate Directors : Masanori Oji (third from right), Takuya Matsuo (far left), and Kazuya Kiguchi

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After our visit we popped over to Jurgen Lehl to say hello, and they told us to visit this restaurant which happens to be near Kumu. Fantastic Italian meal, cozy atmosphere, and we really felt taken care of.

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Address: 20-4 Nihonbashikodenmacho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0001, Japan
Phone:+81 3-3666-1717

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Google Map

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Skåne

November 3rd, 2015

 

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During our recent trip to Scandinavia we had the pleasure of visiting the South of Sweden. We were on a photographic mission for our upcoming Mjölk Volume IV, to be published in the new year. I won’t give anything more away, but we are very excited to share this issue with you.

After an absolutely lovely day with our hosts, we spent the night at the Ystad Saltsjöbad. This break was desperately needed and set the tone for the rest of our trip. Despite arriving late in the evening we made sure to relax in the hot pools, which have a view of the sea.

Early the following morning we headed by train towards Ängelholm. Designer Jens Fager invited us for a tour of the area. You may recognize his work via Muuto, which we carry in the shop.

We arrived during a torrential downpour so our first stop at Mölle Krukmakeri in the seaside town of Mölle was a perfect start. Their little cafe had warm goulash and a cozy sunroom, where we got the chance to get acquainted and dry off.

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Shop, cafe and studio in one.

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Off for some sightseeing at Kullabergs naturreservat.

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Oh hi! A rare photo of us, a little dishevelled.

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Next stop was Höganäs Saltglaserat which has converted partially into a Saluhall, with shops, galleries and food.

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Inside the kiln.

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We stopped by the Jens Fager studio, which is located in a massive red barn among open fields.

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We were fortunate to stay at Galleri Hyttstigen B & B. The owner Elisabeth is an interesting and gracious host, who even has a Canadian connection, having lived out East for many years.

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The weather was crisp and cool at the end of August, but a hot outdoor shower was a lot of fun.

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Cute little bedrooms, with a view of the sea.

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Thank you to Jens and Elisabeth for such a nice visit!

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