January 5th, 2009

Kitka is a blog by John and Juli Baker, the owners of Mjölk.

Mjölk (Milk) is pure, honest, and essential.

Located in the Junction, our gallery makes its home in a white Victorian building with a modern interior by local architect firm Studio Junction. Mjölk is both a gallery who exhibits work by artists and artisans from Scandianvia and Japan, and also a lifestyle store; we look to our everyday life to find inspiration for the products we carry. Our smaller products can be used without thought, or quietly admired. In our eyes just the simple satisfaction of functionality and durability, is all you need for a successful product, but when you can derive beauty from the uttermost simplistic tools, then you have something special.

Mjölk’s collection is selected by owners John Baker and Juli Daoust.

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Mjölk was started in 2009 by husband and wife team John and Juli Baker. Mjölk is a shop and gallery located in the Junction neighborhood of Toronto, and represents work with an emphasis on functionality, craftsmanship, and timelessness. Their gallery has been profiled by such international publications as Dwell, Monocle, and Metropolis.

Mjölk has worked on several product collaborations, all of which explore the theme of daily ritual. Each work is designed by a prominent international designer and produced by local artisans in Toronto Canada.

This collection includes a milk and sugar set called CEREMONY designed by Swedish architect firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, which was awarded best new product during the Interior Design Show 2013. Exhibited also at the Canadian Embassy in Stockholm Sweden during the Stockholm Design Week festival.

A coffee service called Sucabaruca designed by Luca Nichetto, which was awarded the 2015 Wallpaper Design award. Exhibited Toronto, Milan and ICFF in New York.

A Tea service called Aureola also designed by Luca Nichetto, exhibited at the Italian Cultural Center in Toronto Canada and ICFF in New York. Praised as one of the best designs of 2014 by Azure Magazine.

A series of indoor gardening tools, including a watering can made of brass with a carved wooden handle, terracotta herb pots and cactus pots and a glass water saver designed by Anderssen & Voll.

As well as periodic exhibitions of artists and designers from the likes of Oji Masanori, Ryuji Mitani, Masanobu Ando and George Nakashima at Mjölk.

John and Juli Baker publish a series of books about travel, design, and craft, which is sold at select book stores around the world.

For more info visit Mjölk.

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  1. Wondering if you have advice on how to find a vintage Danish piano….in Canada…Ontario…the closer to Toronto the better. Really like the one in your home :-)


    30 May 14 at 2:33 pm

  2. Dear Tina, I’m so sorry but we purchased the piano at a vintage store in Denmark. I don’t think it would be possible to source it locally.

    John & Juli

    31 May 14 at 5:49 pm

  3. Id love to hear how you started the mjolk venture. How did you two start this store? How do you find the products?


    30 Mar 16 at 10:25 pm

  4. Hi Michele,

    Thanks for asking! We should probably post something at some point but there are so many interviews out there that do a good job of capturing our vision. Check out this interview!

    John & Juli

    30 Apr 16 at 11:44 am

  5. Love your website and the furniture you display and sell. Great taste. Minor comment about a typo on your ABOUT page; artists is misspelled.

    Richard Evans

    27 Feb 17 at 10:38 am

  6. Richard, Thanks for the heads up!

    John & Juli

    27 Feb 17 at 2:51 pm

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