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Masanobu Ando solo exhibition at Mjölk

Posted at 9:00 pm in Mjölk

Join us next Thursday for a solo exhibition of Japanese ceramicist Masanobu Ando

“Kita wo omou utsuwa”

A study of crockery and its relationship to everyday life in the north.

Masanobu Ando will be here at the store for the opening reception Thursday night between 7 – 10pm. We’ll be serving Glögg, and a selection of cheese and charcuterie.

We hope to see you there!

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A few nice things

Posted at 2:30 pm in General

Today is our 7 year wedding anniversary! The fact that I remembered is monumental and indicative to the fact that we didn’t participate in IDS offsite this year. This is in part because we needed a little break, but also because in February we will be putting our efforts towards a showroom refresh.

These photos have nothing to do with the above facts.

Coffee Table vignette pictured above: Cube sculpture and black water dropper by Masanobu Ando, antique Japanese Buddha hand, Acorn vase from Svenskt Tenn, Mjölk brass incense holder, and finally, one of my Christmas gifts from John, a leather key ring from one of my favourite local makers, Hoi Bo.

I’ve been coveting this purse by Emma Olbers for Palmgrens in rattan and vegetable tan leather. Makes me excited for summer.

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That Is Best Which Works Best Exhibition

Posted at 1:08 pm in General,Mjölk

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Thom Fougere’s fire tools received a coveted Designlines Loves tag during our amazing opening reception Wednesday night. Unlike past years, our new products are available for purchase, as are a selection of Shaker items (to be added to the website next week, apologies).

This show came together serendipitously. We’d been talking with Thom for years about his fire tools design, while this spring John saw Hallgeir’s pieces for Furnishing Utopia at Hancock Shaker Village. Meanwhile, all of us visited Hancock within a month of each other. So Shaker has been on our collective minds!

 

 

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Original Shaker stove – $3500 CDN with Thom Fougere fire tool set

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Wall mounted is a Shaker chopping board – $3000CDN

Shaker inspired towel rack from Momogusa, special order – $675CDN

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Shaker Bench – $3500CDN

 

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Large Wool Storage Basket – $2500CDN
Shaker cabinet – $22,000 CDN

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In the foreground, a Portable and collapsable herb drying rack – $1800CDN

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Shovel used by the Shakers  – not available

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Wall mounted candle holder – not available

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Sabbath day Lake Shakers’ Herb Containers (set of 5) – $ 400

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Herb Cultivating Basket – not available

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Chabako Tea Kit by Masanobu Ando, with shaker inspired box – $1300

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Doverail shelves and mirror by Hallgeir Homstvedt.

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Enfield Shaker Table – developed by John Baker and Jason Collett

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Portable, by Hallgeir Homstvedt receives a Designlines loves tag.

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A variety of handmade Shaker Whisks – not available

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Shaker inspired George Nakashima bench – personal collection

Tyndall Stone Vases by Thom Fougere – available for a variety of prices

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A unique Shaker invention: The apple peeler $2200 CDN

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Børge Mogensen J39 chair next to a Shaker chair (not available). Both hanging on our shaker peg rail made by Jake Whillans.

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Hans Wegner J16 rocking chair and stool next to a Shaker side table – not available.

 

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Give the Gift of Tea

Posted at 3:21 pm in General,Mjölk

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Mami Hasegawa Hand Hammered Brass Tea Scoop – $230

Medium Copper Tea Leaf Container – $110

Renaud Sauve White Porcelain Container (not on website) – $500

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We have a variety of Jurgen Lehl teas available – $15

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Masanobu Ando Cream Pitcher, Extra Small – $40

Mami Hasegawa Silver Tea Spoon – $95

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Takashi Tomii Shikimono Square Tray – $120

Masanobu Ando Cappucino Cup and Saucer – $95

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Jurgen Lehl Ethiopian Forest Honey – $25

Copper Japanese Tea Strainer – $85

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Masanobu Ando White Large Tea Pot – $340

Masanobu Ando Black Small Tea Pot – $240

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Handmade Bamboo Tea Whisk – $50

Masanobu Ando Shino Tea Bowl   – $850

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And if you’re really serious, we have two Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kits available

L: Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kit Chaduto $740
R: Masanobu Ando Tea Ceremony Kit in collaboration with Mina Perhonen $950

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Companions

Posted at 7:30 pm in General,Home Reno,Mjölk

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For the first 5 years of having our store Mjolk, we never offered beds. It seemed like our small showroom wouldn’t be able to display such a large item, and we ourselves didn’t own a bed frame. When people came to us looking for the perfect bed we would say, well… we don’t sell beds, but the nicest bed we have seen is the Companions bed designed by StudioIlse for De La Espada.

I don’t know how many people we must have recommended this bed to over the years but it seemed to come up a lot. Fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to meet Luis De Oliveira the head of De La Espada and after telling him how much we admired the work they were making especially the work designed by Ilse Crawford and Luca Nichetto we were given the opportunity to represent two of their brands: The Nichetto brand and also the StudioIlse brand. Finally, we had the chance to offer, in our opinion, the best beds available today.

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That brings us to our own home, which for us gives us the inspiration for the store and has become our laboratory and testing ground. It acts a little like an extended showroom for customers looking to see what will happen to their furniture after years of use and with children, how natural leather patinas and soaped furniture becomes like driftwood with age. We decided we should order the bed for ourselves, along with the Companions bedside table so we could start enjoying it in our own daily life.

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The bed is made from solid white oak with a hand-turned spindle back which acts as a bench for you to prop yourself on while you read in bed. We have put this to test ourselves every night since we like reading before bed, and it makes the act much more comfortable.

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A small collection of items we have acquired including a ceramic vessel for storing incense, ancient roman glass and the “box of air” sculpture by Japanese potter and Tea Master Masanobu Ando.

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The companions bedside table is soft and warm but also incredibly practical. A generous top surface with a beveled edge for our Cestita table lamp, a cork basket for our iPhone and hudsalve and a lower shelf for books. This keeps all of the surfaces organized and clean looking.

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We had this Japanese paper fan framed for the room. The pattern is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, and the fan is made by a small workshop in Kyoto for Sfera Gallery. We also sell this in our store.

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A large floor vase inspired by African water jars made by Uchida Kouichi, one of our favourite potters.

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Howell lurking from behind the bed. Did you notice all of the feet on the StudioIlse craftworks have copper legs? From the smallest stool to the longest table, it is such a beautiful and thoughtful detail.

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Real life in progress.

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Ryuji Mitani works added to our webshop

Posted at 7:08 pm in General

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I know there were quite a few inquiries about when we would be putting Mr. Mitani’s work online, and I am pleased to say everything is finally available on our webshop:

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Here is a sampling of what is available.

(above plum blossom dish with black and white Japanese urushi lacquer)

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Cross plates.

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A baby spoon, bowl, and plate gift set.

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A specially made Chemex coffee sleeve in mountain cherry.

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Black and white urushi coffee cups.

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A set of nesting bowls.

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Tea leaf box in mountain cherry.

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A unique white lacquer bowl.

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Mr Mitani’s beautiful signature.

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