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.
Oi-san designed all of the graphics, the mailbox and indoor fixtures.
We bought that mobile on the upper right for Howell’s bedroom.
If only these switches were North American approved!
An upstairs space for meetings or events.
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.
Curator : Noriko Konuma (far right)
Associate Directors : Masanori Oji (third from right), Takuya Matsuo (far left), and Kazuya Kiguchi
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.
We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably gorgeous weather this autumn in Toronto. The trees just became bare the other day, so I anticipate cooler days will be upon us soon. We have just received all of our blanket shipments for the season, and we’re excited to be working again with Røros Tweed from Norway.
Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality wool products since 1940, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Selected wool from Norwegian sheep and 100% Norwegian production, combined with collaboration with Scandinavia’s top designers and textile artists, has made Røros Tweed one of the most renowned wholly Norwegian quality brands.
Thick but not too heavy, cozy soft texture, 100% pure wool. Norwegian sheep graze on clean, fresh mountain pastures, making their wool pure and more environmentally-friendly than most textile fibres. In combination with the flexibility and insulation properties that are naturally developed in sheep that dwell in the cold Norwegian climate, this is a fundamental reason for the superior quality and functionality of Røros products.
Naturpledd Nøste by Kristine Five Melvær, 130cm x 200cm (not currently on the website)
Above: Lynild grey/natural by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm (not currently on website)
Above: Lynild violet/orange by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm - only one available
Above: Lynild red/blue by Anderssen & Voll, 120cm x 180cm (not currently on website) - only one available
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.
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.
Shop, cafe and studio in one.
Off for some sightseeing at Kullabergs naturreservat.
Oh hi! A rare photo of us, a little dishevelled.
Inside the kiln.
We stopped by the Jens Fager studio, which is located in a massive red barn among open fields.
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.
The weather was crisp and cool at the end of August, but a hot outdoor shower was a lot of fun.
Cute little bedrooms, with a view of the sea.
Thank you to Jens and Elisabeth for such a nice visit!
On our last trip to Japan in June, we made sure to book into Hotel Okura before it closed for demolition (the South Tower remains, but the Main Building was where the true magic was).
No word of a lie, as the taxi drove up to the entrance, the James Bond theme song was playing.
The font, colours, signage, MOOD all together was truly so special. Also the nods to a distant past, like the writing desk areas. Too bad they are so quaint and unused nowadays.
L: Taxi drop off/pick up at South Tower (I wish the lights were easier to capture!)
R: Greenery and Mural in the South Tower Lobby
Every detail has been considered, with similar geometric shapes.
Top: Pendant lights, pot lights and sunlights.
Bottom Left: Light wells, and carpets in basement elevator zone, to South Tower.
Bottom Right: Inside the elevator, elevator roof details and font.
Linking the two towers underground is a shopping plaza, yet another reminder of another time. Gift shops, clothing, art and books are all available.
Carpet, Ikebana, Font.
Main lobby at night. Large tree, stone and water installation.
Lobby waiting area. Large scale but intimate.
Love the Smoke Bush.
A more intimate sitting area off to the side.
The Orchid Bar was from another time. Waiters in tuxedos. Classic cocktails. Mother of pearl shell backsplash. Cigarette smoke.
Signage, from when they had travel agents on hand to make arrangements, now done on personal phones and computers.
Cloakroom and Kimono.
Hotel Okura selfie.
So many amenities.
Lobby during the day.
Another outside view of the Main Building.
Triangle tile work.
Happy Monday! We got some R and R in thanks to help from the grandparents, who took the kids for the weekend. Every parent’s dream. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather too.
We’ve been tiptoeing back into selling rugs, with a limited selection of Kilims and Berbers. Adding texture via carpets is essential to bringing warmth and interest into a room.
Above: Another Rug, in our entryway at home. Absolutely love it!
Another Rug, by All The Way To Paris for &tradition
Manufactured using the ancient Kilim technique.
$650 – 90cm x 240cm runner version in stock, other sizes can be ordered. Unfortunately it’s not yet on our website but we are always available via email or phone.
Black and White Berber rugs, made in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Made to order, prices vary accordingly.
In stock: Black with white, 400cm x 340cm $5440.00
Carpets by Jurgen Lehl
We are honoured to have acquired three from his exhibition back in October 2014. These are some of his last designs.
Handwoven wool rug.
Made in Tunisia.
Above: 84cm x 221cm $2000.00
51cm x 80cm $550
50cm x 102cm $600
Thank you everyone who saw our most recent exhibition with Japanese / Danish enamel artist Kaori Juzu. It was such a pleasure to have Kaori come here all the way from Denmark and allow us to show her incredible works with you.
We are currently working on our new website which will include all of the work that is still available for sale, but in the meantime if you see anything in this post that you might be interested in please feel free to send us an email through our Mjolk address.
This grouping of brooches above are some of my favourite works in the show. They are all visually quite soft and the depth of colour is brilliant. It is hard to imagine some of these shapes (especially the pinched work on the top right) are hand from hammered copper.
A grouping of earrings on the left, and the lovely exhibition catalog in the center.
Very architectural pendant necklaces.
Some of the newest works presented in the exhibition. These are also pendant necklaces.
Here is Kaori at the opening reception of her exhibition.