Things have been quiet on the blog lately and with (I assume) good reason. Introducing Howell Paul Baker, born on April 25, 2014 at 7 Ibs 2 oz. We’ve been spending the last three weeks getting to know him, and he’s the sweetest little guy.
On the left, about an hour old. On the right, two days old. It’s been interesting becoming reacquainted with the ways of a newborn! It’s definitely more enjoyable this time around, though I can’t say the toddler anxiety is!
Elodie and baby brother Howell.
Daddy and Howell. [This pic is by our friend Taylor Shute.]
Mama and Howell.
This week we also went to High Park to see the cherry blossoms, though they weren’t quite in full bloom. But with two little kids now we take what we can get!
Elodie is ready to explore!
Annual cherry blossom kid pic, now with more kid.
Hanging at the duck pond.
I just hauled up a huge 3-stem Fiddle Leaf fig ficus up two flights of stairs and man oh man is it big. Jurassic park big.
We purchased it from a lovely little plant shop called Dynasty on Queen West.
I haven’t even potted it yet, I just thought since it is a rainy day it would be a good opportunity to take a couple photos of it. I’ve seen people actually prune off the bottom leaves and train these into some incredible shapes, maybe something to consider down the road, however we like the simple vertical of this one.
The Spanish chair with its terracotta like natural leather upholstery. I’ve had a lot of customers tell me they don’t like terracotta pots, and whenever I hear this I think it is such a shame. It is a simple and beautiful material, and the colour is spectacular, especially after it ages and devolopes stains and calcium build ups on the exterior.
It’s also creating a little privacy screen before you enter the living room.
I think I have to stop buying plants….
You can read a really nice interview with Luca Nichetto, Alissa Coe, and myself about the process of making Sucabaruca on Disegno right now. Please give it a read if you have a moment.
Last week we went to see the exhibition From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru at the Textile Museum. I thought I was being a good blogger bringing my camera along, when lo and behold, it was missing the card! Classic. So I bring you a bunch of unpublished instagrams to at least give you an impression of what the show is all about.
Above, a print of Ichimaru.
Ichimaru on vinyl.
Elodie: “I don’t like it.” To be fair, the singing style is quite unfamiliar to Western ears, and the samurai dance pictured above was probably pushing the limits of what a toddler can handle.
This is pretty much how we saw the exhibition. You don’t get to take much in, just a whirlwind visit like this post.
Quite a lot of kimonos on display, as well as hair accessories, a pair of shoes, and a musical instrument. To read more about the show visit the Textile Museum. There are also related events listed.
If you are planning on visiting the Milan furniture fair next month, please make an effort to come see our exhibition “Walk The Line” with Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva at iconic gallery and shop Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
Milan Design Week 8th-13th April 2014
via Matteo Bandello,
Opening hours 9.00 – 20.00
Walk the line, the exhibition designed by Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva, illustrates how the Sucabaruca coffee set and Cheburashka table set were born. The two collections, which are produced by different companies in different parts of the world, geographically and culturally very far from each other, share the same craftsmanship characterizing the production processes of porcelain and of ceramics, respectively.
The skills needed to produce these items become evident in the geometric patterns of the decoration, which are obtained by manually tracing a series of lines on each of the pieces. That is just where the title of the exhibition comes from.
Since 2009, John Baker and Juli Daoust have been collecting and distributing Japanese and Scandinavian objects with unique aesthetic and emotional meanings in their shop/gallery Mjo?lk, in Toronto, Canada. They also produce collections signed by major international designers.
In the Russian town of Suzdal, Vadim Dymov and Evgenia Zelenskaya, founders of Dymov Ceramics, produce, among other items, a particular kind of black ceramic pottery, for which an ancient process of cooking dating back to the third century AD is used.
These people were brought together by the collaboration of the Venetian designer Luca Nichetto and the Russian designer Lera Moiseeva, who worked together on the design of the Sucabaruca coffee set and the Cheburashka table set, which aim at enhancing two rituals of conviviality: filtered coffee and food sharing.
These products have in common the high quality of the craftsmanship emerging from the lines engraved by hand on their surfaces, which appear to intersect like the lives of those involved in these projects.
The Cheburashka set marks the beginning of a broader project that will be developed during the coming years and that aims to connect different cultures through an accurate selection of products realized by different designers and produced by Dymov Ceramics.
We hope to carry the Cheburashka table set as soon as we can, we’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Despite the cold weather. and the March break holiday we were happy to see so many familiar faces join us for our reception with Nagano-based glass artists Studio Prepa. Our latest exhibition “Mold All” Presented by Play Mountain and Studio Prepa is a collection of glass art made using wooden molds that leave the impression of wood bark and end-grain on each vase. The wood is burned away, so a new mold has to be made for every piece resulting in a collection of unique works in many different sizes and shapes.
If you haven’t seen the video we last posted, you have to check it out. It is incredible to see the process.
Above: Mr. Hira’s tools and what is left of the wood mold after it is used.
The process itself is inspired by Scandinavian “Ice glass” which was popularized by artists like Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva. Even the iconic “Savoy” vase designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s was originally made using a wood mold and then later made with a metal one to accommodate mass-production. The Hira’s took this original process, and enhanced it even more by lining bark to the interior of the mold to further romanticize the texture of wood grain. Now these vases look almost like they are the form of the log itself, instead of just the interior.
Very beautiful grey / blue glasses.
The complimentary amber vases look especially nice with bright green leaves.
Along with the Moldall collection, we also showed Studio Prepa’s art glass which they are famous for.
Maple lids carved to perfectly fit the asymmetrical forms of each vase.
Very Scandinavian looking glass-cast candle holders.
One of our favorites in the collection: the glass planters.
A glass paper weight used as a futaoki (lid rest).
Mr. and Mr.s Hira on the far right.