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Past Events

  • Nichetto Residency at Mjolk
    Exhibition

    Nichetto Residency at Mjolk

    May 17, 2016

    Nichetto Residency at Mjolk

    A domestic space designed by the Nichetto Studio 
    Featuring the launch of new works designed by the Nichetto Studio, expertly crafted by De La Espada

    Opening reception with designer Luca Nichetto and founder of De La Espada Luis De Oliveira

    May 17th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Oji Masanori x Mjolk
    Exhibition

    Oji Masanori x Mjolk

    January 20-31, 2016

    We will be hosting our third retrospective exhibition of Oji Masanori during the 2016 Toronto Design Week Festival. This year is particularly special because we have commissioned and collaborated on a collection of lighting designed by Oji Masanori and produced alongside local Canadian artisans and small manufactures.

    Please join us for the opening reception Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

    Furthermore, we will be hosting a TODO Talk: Join Melanie Egan (Head 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.

  • Oji Masanori TODO Talk
    Exhibition

    Oji Masanori TODO Talk

    January 23, 2016

    Join Melanie Egan (Head 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. FREE.

  • Selected Solo: An exhibition of enamelware by Kaori Juzu
    Exhibition

    Selected Solo

    An exhibition of enamelware by Kaori Juzu

    September 24-30, 2015

    Kaori Juzus’ jewellery is a gentle and sophisticated blend of materials, techniques, texture and pattern.
    Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Kaori moved to Bornholm, Denmark, to study art. She apprenticed with the Danish jewellery designer Per Suntum before establishing her own practice.
    Each piece she creates is carefully crafted from copper, silver and gold and is hammered into their individual forms. Colour and texture is applied through multiple layers of enamel, a form of powdered glass, which is then fired at high temperatures to transform wearable objects into art.
    Her process is laborious and time consuming. It is also conscientious of the interactions between forms and environment. Kaori Juzu seeks to enhance the expressive quality of an object by giving depth and texture to form, allowing form and surface to melt together.
    Exhibition and Opening photos on Kitka blog

  • Alissa Coe: Primary
    Exhibition

    Alissa Coe

    Primary

    May 6, 2015 - June 3, 2015

    A collection of work in porcelain inspired by the power and primordial nature of geometric form.
    With this body of work I have attempted to create a primal feeling, as if each piece could have existed from the beginning of time, encapsulating all the strength and fragility of nature in the quality of the forms and materials.
    – Alissa Coe
    See more photos on Kitka blog

  • Anderssen & Voll + Mjolk
    Exhibition

    Anderssen & Voll + Mjolk

    January 21-29, 2015

    Please join us for the first North American retrospective of Norwegian Industrial Design Studio Anderssen & Voll exhibition their most iconic works to date, along with the launch of a new Collection of Indoor Garden tools made by Toronto based Artisans.
    Exhibition and opening night photos Kitka blog

  • Renaud Sauvé: Ateliers des Cent-ans
    Exhibition

    Renaud Sauvé

    Ateliers des Cent-ans

    October 2, 2014 - November 11, 2014

    Renaud Sauvé always places an emphasis on emotion and environment for his exhibitions. For his first solo show at Mjölk, he created an environment filled with moss, stones, and branches from his country property and incorporated his personal collection of paintings, drawings and antiques, providing a glimpse into the inspiration behind his work.
    For this specific exhibition, Renaud explored the creation and application of a black glaze, made from ground soapstone from a mine near Atelier des cent ans.
    See more photos on Kitka blog
     

  • Totemica: Luca Nichetto, Lera Moiseeva + Mjölk at the Instituto Italiano di Cultura
    Exhibition

    Totemica

    Luca Nichetto, Lera Moiseeva + Mjölk at the Instituto Italiano di Cultura

    June 26, 2014 - September 16, 2014

    Hosted by the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Totemica is an exploration of the process of developing both Sucabaruca and Aureola from initial concept, to production to finished prototype.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Ryuji Mitani Solo Exhibition
    Exhibition

    Ryuji Mitani Solo Exhibition

    June 3, 2014 - August 10, 2014

    Wood plates, butter cases, cups, cutlery and even handmade sleeves for Chemex coffee pots were available for the first time outside of Japan.
    RYUJI MITANI
    b. 1952
    Ryuji Mitani set up Persona Studio in 1981 in an effort to create hand-made wooden tableware for everyday life. His leadership in this field inspired a generation of woodworkers and set into motion a new post-mingei art movement called Seikatsu Kogei. In 1985 he set up the Matsumoto Craft fair in an effort to show the handcraft of his fellow artisans, and it quickly became the countries largest craft fair and gave a setting for different artisans to come together and display and sell their work. In 2011 Ryuji Mitani opened 10cm Gallery and cafe in an effort to create more dialogue between consumers and artisans, this gallery uses and exhibits Mitani’s work as well as other notable artisans.
    Ryuji Mitani is now considered to be the most famous contemporary wood table- ware maker in Japan, he has written close to a dozen books about craft and has exhibited in countless galleries and museums all over Japan and abroad.
    Exhibition and Opening photos on Kitka blog

  • Chanoyu: The Way of Tea
    Exhibition

    Chanoyu

    The Way of Tea

    May 29, 2014 - June 25, 2014

    Our second solo exhibition with important Japanese potter Masanobu Ando. An exploration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony through an exhibition of unique Tea tools made by Masanobu Ando. A special Tea Ceremony performance was held in the front window of the gallery.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Ryuji Mitani: Spoon Carving Workshop
    Workshop

    Ryuji Mitani

    Spoon Carving Workshop

    June 4, 2014

    The morning after the evening reception we hosted for Mr. Ryuji Mitani, we arranged for a special spoon carving workshop at our home above the shop/gallery.
    Mr. Mitani has hosted these workshops in Japan and he came up with the idea in order to further connect people with hand crafted things, and give them an appreciation of the work that goes into making something as simple as a wood spoon. He does the workshop also to show how enjoyable it is to use craft products in one’s life, so that is why he also invited famous chef Ai Hosokawa to come along to cook lunch for all of the participants of the workshop. The idea was to carve a spoon, then use it during dessert.
    Food by Ai Hosokawa
    See more photos on Kitka blog
     

  • Mold All: Presented by Play Mountain and Studio Prepa
    Exhibition

    Mold All

    Presented by Play Mountain and Studio Prepa

    March 15, 2014 - April 15, 2014

    Our 2nd exhibition with Mr. and Mrs. Hira of Studio Prepa. This series is the result of an experimentation with wooden molds, the same technique used by mid-century Finnish glass artists to create “Ice Glass”.
    A log is hollowed out and glass in blown into the mold. The end grain, knots, and grain are left imprinted on the clear glass. Since the molds are made of wood they can only be used a few times before they are destroyed so as a result the works are very limited and each piece has a unique size and shape.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Luca Nichetto + Mjölk
    Exhibition

    Luca Nichetto + Mjölk

    January 22-31, 2014

    During Toronto Interior Design Week, we hosted the first Canadian exhibition for Italian designer Luca Nichetto. It was an opportunity to showcase his work for varied companies, as well as the launch of our collaborative project Sucabaruca.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • LATrE Indigo
    Exhibition

    LATrE Indigo

    November 1-30, 2013

    In the front window Brian’s friend and merchandiser Jodee set up a beautiful display taking all of the tools from Brian’s workshop and transplanting them to the store to show the equipment used in his dyeing process. This combined with the Dead stock WWII army tent turns the tools into artifacts of survival.
    Along with the clothing articles, Brian made some incredible Boro-esque patchwork placemats made from military sailing fabric.
    More photos on Kitka blog.

  • Nakashima: A Retrospective
    Exhibition

    Nakashima

    A Retrospective

    June 24, 2013 - August 30, 2013

    Mjölk is honored to present the first Canadian retrospective of works by legendary architect and craftsman George Nakashima, and his daughter, architect, designer and head of the Nakashima Studio, Mira Nakashima. We are proud to showcase a large collection of iconic works by George Nakashima as well as new works from Mira Nakashima’s Keisho (continuation) collection. Mira Nakashima, along with her daughter Maria, and granddaughter Maya were special guests in attendance.
    The Nakashima furniture collection was complemented by a curated collection of art by some of Japan’s most famous contemporary artisans. This group of artists includes potters Masanobu Andoand Koichi Uchida, wood artisans Ryuji Mitani and Shingo Tsukuda, and metal artists Takejiro and Mami Hasegawa. We believe this group of artists capture the spirit of the Nakashima’s work and carry on the mission of providing beautiful well-crafted items that go beyond their basic function and provide something beautiful that enriches the soul.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Tomii Takashi
    Exhibition

    Tomii Takashi

    June 26, 2013 - July 26, 2013

    Tomii Takashi is known as a prodigy in Japan and is quickly becoming one of the most recognized wood workers in his field. His work exhibits very clean modern forms that are contrasted by soft tool marks. These marks leave a connection to the maker, and also reveal that such refined work can be made by the hand.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Kazumi Tsuji: Reclaimed Blue
    Exhibition

    Kazumi Tsuji

    Reclaimed Blue

    May 30, 2013 - June 30, 2013

    Kazumi’s special glasses are a collection of clear mouth-blown glass with a thin delicate layer of black/purple glass on top. Kazumi then cuts patterns into the thin black glass to reveal the clear glass beneath it.
    Along with her notable clear and black glasses, we were also showing special blue glasses during the exhibition. These are very special because they are the result of a years worth of broken glass from Kazumi’s studio. The discarded glass is collected and melted down, the result was a surprise – an incredibly rich blue glass!
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Norihiko Terayama: My Garden
    Exhibition

    Norihiko Terayama

    My Garden

    April 9, 2013 - May 9, 2013

    This past week we welcomed Norihiko Terayama to the shop, to exhibit his new g,a,r,d,e,n ruler. Norihiko set up a beautiful window display of foraged flora from the neighbourhood as well as from the multitude of Coriander Girl bouquets we had floating around. It took two days of laborious cultivating and placement.
    garden is a ruler containing a collection of wild plants placed in increments of 1cm. I forage these plants near my home, I find many different types of plants and am at the mercy of chance and seasonality. To me, this is a miniature garden, a little piece of my own garden. Whether this ruler is placed on a shelf or a desk, I hope you will find a little garden in your own home.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog
    Video of window installation
     

  • Claesson Koivisto Rune: Ceremony
    Exhibition

    Claesson Koivisto Rune

    Ceremony

    January 23-31, 2013

    Along with a retrospective of Claesson Koivisto Rune’s furniture, design accessories, and architectural models we are debuting a small series of products inspired by The Japanese Tea Ceremony and Swedish Fika coffee culture.
    The collaborative work is executed by local Toronto artisans:
    Alissa Coe, Scott Eunson and Adrian Kuzyk.
    Guests of honour in attendance: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune

  • ISSHO: Oji Masanori and Studio Prepa
    Exhibition

    ISSHO

    Oji Masanori and Studio Prepa

    August 11-31, 2012

    Among a retrospect of Oji-san’s work, he debuted a collection of cutlery, a service of porcelain, and a collection of new wooden trays. In addition to promoting our new book which of course features several different artisans from Asahikawa, Japan there was also a curated exhibition of Asahikawa hand crafts present, many of which have not been exhibited in North America before. Last but certainly not least we showcased a collection of new glassware which is a collaboration between Oji Masanori and glass blowers Mr. and Mrs. Hira of Studio Prepa.
    ISSHO means doing something “together” in Japanese.
    Exhibition photos on Kitka blog

  • Masanobu Ando: Kita Wou Omou Utsuwa
    Exhibition

    Masanobu Ando

    Kita Wou Omou Utsuwa

    February 23, 2012 - March 23, 2012

  • Oji Masanori: Life on the Floor
    Exhibition

    Oji Masanori

    Life on the Floor

    October 21-31, 2010

    Japanese people take off their shoes before entering the house. Traditionally, they spend most of their times in the house sitting directly on the floor. They even dine on the floor, so you can still find tables with short legs in furniture stores all over Japan.  After World War II, their lifestyle has become more Westernized, but the custom of sitting on the floor is deeply rooted in their cultural DNA.
    These were the key pieces to the exhibition, two brand new prototypes. The Chabudai is a small, round-shaped table (600 mm in diameter) with short legs for one or two persons designed to be used directly on the floor for having tea or dining. The Zabuton, a square-shaped floor cushion, is used in combination with a chabudai to sit directly on the floor.
    Also featured was a collection of accessories for the home designed by Oji Masanori.
    More photos on the Kitka blog