December, 2011

New Japanese handcrafts at Mjölk

December 11th, 2011


During our last trip to Japan in September, it was really important that we tracked down 3 artists that I’ve wanted to represent through our store. There were three main mediums we specifically wanted to showcase: wood, glass, and ceramics.

We feel these artisans represent the best of each medium, and we’re honored to be representing them.

This photograph represents all of these materials in use:

Oak tray & cherry wood spoon by Tomii Takashi

Rain glass by Tsuji Kazumi

Ceramic flower dish by Masanobu Ando


The tray is hand tooled from one solid piece of white oak. The coaster and “rain” glass follow this linear pattern.

Round chestnut tray by Tomii Takashi, and 3 glasses by Tsuji Kazumi.


Glass artist Kazumi Tsuji’s pieces are mouth blown and then manipulated based on each specific design. The clear glass series is inspired by weather patterns, representing a clear day, a rainy day, a snowy day, and a starry night. The other “dark” glasses are a experiment in different glass techniques, involving polishing, sand blasting, and cutting. Each glass is big enough to be a drinking glass, or a small yogurt bowl.

Please stop by the store to see all of the new works in person!

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Man Cave

December 6th, 2011


Yesterday I had a date with our basement. Our apartment walls are paper thin, and with the impending baby arrival I wanted to make a space in the basement that I would feel comfortable playing music in. The mini-reno took me to Home Depot, to buy 80 boards of cedar and a miter saw to clad up this weird little glassed in room. Cedar was ideal because it holds up against the moist basement, looks good, and it smells fantastic.


Here’s a view of the room under the stairs, I think I might frost the glass so I don’t have to look at the mess in the rest of the basement.


Time to get to work, the hardest part was deciding whether to install the slats vertical or horizontal. I ended up going horizontal to stay away from the traditional wood paneling look.


Here’s my new little Ryobi miter saw, only $99 and works perfectly for these little jobs. The only limitation is you can’t cut very wide boards.


I thought I would tackle the most difficult wall first, and it came out pretty nice.


For the next wall I just butted up the ends of the boards against each other, nothing fancy.



The angle under the stairs will be a nice little keyboard nook.


Here it is with all of the walls finished. I still need to decide on flooring, install the baseboards, and decide whether or not to conquer the ceiling.



Can’t wait to get it all cleaned up and move all my old gear in!


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