July, 2012

Kinfolk Toronto Dinner

July 19th, 2012


Last Saturday we had many guests up to our cottage for the Kinfolk Toronto Dinner. This particular Kinfolk dinner was extra special because it involved an entire day of eating, chatting, preparing, swimming and relaxing. We started with coffee from La Merceria and delicious pastries from Stoney Lake Baking Co.,which provided a perfect opportunity to catch up with the Toronto crew and get to know the out of towners.

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Post breakfast Emily and Melinda got to work in the kitchen. Baking cookies and mixing strawberry parfait for our dessert later, I give them full props for enduring the heat!

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After a swim in Georgian Bay and in true cottage style (ie. super late in the day), we were on to lunch. I didn’t think it was possible to eat any more (I’d put away quite a lot of baked goodies and coffee earlier on and the heat and Bellwoods Brewery beer was making us all dopey) but we all managed to finish off most of the food.

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Post lunch it was time for another swim and then on to dinner prep. Nikaela and Thom prepare a delicious salad.

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto


Baby party! Elodie and Eloise happily hung out on a quilt made by Sarra, and pillows printed with illustrations by Melinda Josie.

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

As the sun set, we sat down to our communal dinner.

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Thank you to iittala, who provided us with our glassware. The Lempi glasses will be available at Mjölk in the fall. It’s been such a pleasure using them, they have become our number one go to all purpose glass (and they stack!!!).

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Nikole Herriott‘s fresh Georgian Bay fish dish.

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

Kinfolk Dinner - Toronto

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Here are the aforementioned ice cream sandwiches. Mosquitos, a large clean up, crazy heat and a 1.5 hour drive back to the city meant that these sandwiches were sadly gobbled down too quickly. But they were delicious!

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Photo by Sarah Britton.

We truly had a wonderful day!

From L to R: see Anabela & Geoff’s post here/ see Celine’s post here (with Jin – Eloise is sleeping)/ see Emily’s post here and here (with Dan)/ Nikole & Michael / John, Juli & Elodie/ see Melinda’s post here (with Chris)/  Erin Hall/ Julie Pointer/ Sarra & Todd/ see Nikaela’s post here (with Thom)/ see Sarah’s post here

Thank you to Julie for organizing, to everyone for contributing and to the following sponsors:

Mjölk / iittala
West Elm
Herriott Grace
Silverplate Press
Type A Press
Stoney Lake Baking Co.
Steven Alan
La Merceria
Whole Foods
Domestic Curator
HoiBo Studio
Coriander Girl
Melinda Josie
Bellwoods Brewery
YourTime Boutique
Fresh City Farms
Soma Chocolate

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ISSHO – Oji Masanori exhibition in August

July 16th, 2012

Please mark your calenders for August 11th, because Japanese industrial designer Masanori Oji is coming back to Mjölk for his second exhibition.

Among a retrospect of Oji-san’s work he will also be debuting a collection of cutlery, a service of porcelain, and a collection of new wooden trays. In addition to promoting our new book which of course features several different artisans from Asahikawa Japan there will also be a curated exhibition of Asahikawa hand crafts present, many of which have not been exhibited in North America before. Last but certainly not least we will also be showcasing a collection of new glassware which is a collaboration between Oji Masanori and glass blowers Mr. and Mrs. Hira of Studio Preppa.

Oji-san sent us a statement about the exhibition he has titled ISSHO
ISSHO means doing something “together” in Japanese.

The word represents the link between minds and souls of people who make, design, communicate, and use objects, acknowledging the differences of viewpoint.

The movement itself of people linking together, giving respect to each other, is a large-scale, complex, and dynamic process, but it is born from a simple emotion.

“I share the same feeling together.”  “Let’s eat together.”  “Let’s play together.”  “Let’s work together.”   “Let’s be together.”

I think the happiest moment comes when everybody wants to stay together.

This time, I hold an exhibition with my friends and glass blowers, Mr. and Ms. HIRA of STUDIO PREPA.

Simple yet gorgeous tablewares designed by Oji & Design, making use of various Japanese traditional crafting techniques and materials.

Shiny and colorful cups and bowls which look like flowers secretly blooming in the grass field.

Thanks to their high-class glass refining and blowing techniques, these glasswares shine as if a layer of light is sealed in.

I believe they are the brightest in the world and quite happy to share this time and space together.

Of course, we will exhibit lots of other items made or designed by my Japanese friends, “together.”

It is my sincere hope to share this wonderful exhibition with you all!

– Oji Masanori

The exhibition will be held August 11th from 7 – 11pm for the opening reception, as well as a public showing from 12 – 5pm during the day on Sunday.




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