We will be hosting our third retrospective exhibition of Oji Masanori during the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival. This year is particularly special because we have commissioned and collaborated on a collection of lighting designed by Oji Masanori and produced using local Canadian artisans and small manufacturers.
Please join us for the opening reception Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Mjölk (2959 Dundas Street West, Toronto).
Furthermore, we will be hosting a TODO Talk: Join Melanie Egan (Head of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre) and Oji Masanori for an interview about his studio practice and the current collaboration. Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Please RSVP through the Toronto Design Offsite Festival website.
I was first introduced to Mjölk five years ago and had the chance to get to know John and Juli. Mjölk, part shop, part gallery, has since become one of my favorite destinations.
John has contacted me about Mjölk Made; a collaboration between designers, the shop, and local Toronto manufacturing. I flew into Toronto so that I could immerse myself in the culture of the city. I was curious about lifestyle, interior layouts, room sizes, and the ways in which people lived.
This trip resulted in a lighting project that was to utilize the craftsmanship of a historic brass company located in the city. I was able to visit their shop, meet the makers and better understand their processes and limitations.
For this exhibition, I have designed two pendant lamps; simple shapes that share subtle details of quality, form and materials. I devised them so that balance and harmony can be felt and seen.
The Hemisphere Pendant resembles a large mobile, playing with various materials, scales and sizes. The smaller brass hemisphere is pointing light down towards a table, while the big copper hemisphere lights up, towards a ceiling, shedding light indirectly over an entire room.
The Diamond Pendant has a brass balancer and an LED light bulb. The fixture can be carefully touched and moved in order to adjust height and position.
I designed these two lights for Toronto. They were created out of an image of a Torontonian, a Canadian, who lives peacefully and considers the people around them, respecting differences while living in a complex and diverse city. From my visits to this city, I think, people in Toronto are very skilled at combining, mixing and blending culture with simplicity.
Mjölk, as a curated space, shares this cohesive blend. It is the perfect mix of international design and Japanese craft. I hope for these collaborations to continue to connect people and carefully crafted objects, to bring peaceful products all over the world.
- MASANORI OJI
For the plant lover in your life, these gifts for the gardener bring the warmth of natural materials like brass, terracotta, oak and oxidized metals, into the home.
The long version of the Ang Vase is made from an oxidized brass. This series of vases is a re-imagining of a flower vase, it consists of an oxidized brass sleeve with a brass bracket insert that acts as a florist support. In Japan, these supports are called kenzen and allow for a landscape of plant material. Even very sparse arrangements using found materials like twigs and blades of grass can create beautiful results.
Dustpan – $20.00
This brush allows for the gentle removal of dust and other small debris from any surface. The brush is made of oil treated oak, and soft goat hair. Iris Hantverk employs visually impaired craftspeople to create beautiful handmade brushes. Each individual bundle of bristles are bound to hardwood handles, just like they were made in the 19th Century.
Made in Sweden.
With the holidays quickly approaching we wanted to let you know that we offer complimentary gift wrapping with any online purchases, just let us know in the ‘notes’! To get your items before December 24th, get your orders in early.
Regular Post: December 10
Xpress Post: December 21
Priority Post: December 22
United States Customers
Regular Post: December 8
Xpress Post: December 15
Priority Post: December 21
Kristina Stark Hommage Match Box $25-$55
Ihada Brass Tray - $440
Not on website:
Hallgeir chamber Light for Menu – $110
Renaud Sauve porcelain candle snuffs – $225
JWDA Concrete Lamp – $250 (available early December)
Klong Patina Oil Lamps in three sizes – $160 / $275 / $340
Renaud Sauve White Porcelain Container (not on website) – $500
We have a variety of Jurgen Lehl teas available – $15
Masanobu Ando White Large Tea Pot – $340
Masanobu Ando Shino Tea Bowl - $850
And if you’re really serious, we have two Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kits available
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