• July 18, 2018

    Introducing FRAMA

    We've been admirers of FRAMA since we had the Anderssen & Voll Garden Works launch party at Kollected by in Oslo several years ago. Shop owners and stylists stylists Kråkvik & D'Orazio have been long time supporters of FRAMA.


    We then visited the Frama showroom for the first time in Copenhagen, and were further amazed with their poetic blend of rational industrial design and craft. Their work conjures for us images of black and white photographs of old French ateliers, studios furnished with functional and strong furniture yet visually delicate and slender. Industrial yet at the same time softened with natural materials like oak and leather. 

    We hope you will enjoy these pieces as much as we do.


    Triangolo Chair
    Design by Architect Per Holland Bastrup, 1989. Signature Collection.
    Even though the Triangolo chair was created several decades ago it goes hand in hand with the Frama principles of strong geometric forms and simple lines. 


    Circle Mirror and Adam stool in oak.
    Occasionally we see a form that speaks on its own. The round mirrors are an example of just this. A classic round mirror with beveled edges mounted to a solid oak back. Visible screws celebrate the analogue approach to this 50's inspired piece. The visual purity of the round shape is honoured by its material composition. 


    Rivet Box Table and Rivet Round Side Table

    Aluminium can be difficult to weld and screw. With that in mind a riveting/tenon technique was developed for the Rivet project. This was also a way to experiment with different variations of visual assembling. The straightforward design is laser cut and hammered by hand, which puts it in a category between craftsmanship and industrial production.



    Frama St. Pauls Collection of Apothecary
    includes handwash, hand lotion and scents.

    Apothecary is made locally in Denmark. Notes of Sandalwood, Cedar Wood, and Ylang Ylang.
     The Apothecary collection is produced with 100% natural ingredients and in Italian glass bottles.


    The Adam Stool collection is inspired by industrial design, an artist's studio, and a workshop. The functionality and simplicity of the design, combined with strong materials, gives these stools a structural and utilitarian approach. 


    Sutoa means to contain in Japanese.

    Sutoa drawer fulfills the aesthetic look of a storage chest. 
    It is based on a discreet steel frame combined with wooden stack-able drawers in massive oak. Boxes of different sizes serves various purposes to contain. The gap between the boxes becomes the handle and small wheels at the back is very useful to change the placement of Sutoa. 

    Also pictured is the Frama shallow shelf.


    Sintra Table
    Designed by Nicholai Wiig-Hansen

    Suitable as a coffee table or side table where the contrast between the soft warm cork, meets the cold smooth marble. The distinction between the two shapes gives the impression of two worlds meeting one another. 


    FRAMA at Kollected by in Oslo, 2016


    Pictured: Sintra tables, Shallow Shelf, and 9,5° chair.


    Pictured: Shallow Shelf, Adam Stool and Trestle Table







  • July 18, 2018

    New De La Espada in the Showroom

    We just received some stunning new pieces from De La Espada. They are so new they aren't yet on our website, so we thought we'd give you a quick preview here. Click here to see more available items from this collections.


    Belle Reeve Sofa by Nichetto Studio, starting from $17,795


    Check out the lattice woodwork and elegant brass legs.


    Also pitcured: the Neri & Hu Commune bench which is being used as a coffee table.


    Handle Side Table by Neri & Hu, brass and white oiled oak, $1600
    Also pictured: Cyclades vase by Nick Ross, $140


    Solo Desk (starting from $5995) and Chair in Danish oiled walnut, both by Neri & Hu. 


    Antique Korean moon jar in the background, $3975


    Elliot Dining Chair (starting from $1595) by Jason Miller and Solo Dining Table by Neri & Hu. 


    Woodworking through-tenon detail with wedge


    Raf Simons Ria woven fabric



    Composition of Elliot chair and Solo dining table. 

  • July 16, 2018

    The Stone House: a tile surprise

    Originally when we received our new windows we had them painted out a grey-blue colour (a little too blue if you ask me - you can see a smidge of it peeking out in the photo above behind the screen). We decided it wasn't the right colour after all, and since we needed to paint out all the trim anyway, we switched to Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth. 




    Roofing progress. Being reminded of March is totally bumming me out.


    Inside, Scott is working on the stone, repointing the walls and building stone window sills.


    But wait, what is this?


    Boxes of tile components, each labelled with code.


    Elements of a Swedish Kakelugn. This particular tile stove was made in Gotland, Sweden. We hired a local stove master to build a masonry stove (to code) for this kakelugn shell.  

  • July 9, 2018

    The Stone House: March Update

    You've seen this photo before but something has changed.


    This is the part of the renovation where it becomes a runaway train.  Anyone who has done a large renovation before knows what I am talking about, right? You're busy patting yourself on the back because you are on budget and then all of a sudden you aren't and then you throw your hands up in the air and go all in like you're one of the Rockefellers. After giving the roof some thought we decided to invest in a cedar roof. Continuing the dreamer theme, we knew we wouldn't be satisfied by anything else. Don't worry, those green eaves troughs are being changed out too, because they either remain the forever troughs or you do it up with copper to avoid being angry every time you pull up the driveway. Very Mjölk of us.


    Inside, the painting with Pure & Original lime fresco paint continues. We decided to try the criss cross technique and it appears our painter found it challenging. The green guest room looks pretty good but the grey living room became over worked. We also found the grey wasn't what we intended, or maybe we simply had a change of heart...all I know is it was bugging us.


    Oh hello there. We've been here before. Now with pretty Pure & Original Lime Fresco paint in Skin Powder.


    We have made bathroom progress! John got the old timey styled toilet off of Wayfair, of all places. The sink is a Kohler. Originally we had bought an old stone sink from the same place as the tub but it broke before shipping. We had to scramble to find an alternative.  The sink console was made by Studio Junction.


    Favourite detail: the old door handle and latch. Heart eyes all around.


    Upstairs, we have been so fortunate to find some great workers for this project. Number one on our list is Mike from Great Lawns Property Care & Maintenance out of Belleville. Initially we hired him to do our outside yard maintenance and snow plowing but the timing was right and they were happy to take on extra work over the winter, doing odd jobs inside for us. Mike has an awesome worker, Scott, who did so much for us, including a lot of stone work thanks to his knowledge as a stone mason. He repointed sections of the interior stone and also finished off the window sills (pictured, the lime mortar is still wet which is why it's darker).


    Feeling so finished upstairs! Oh and note up in the top right corner, we added two new small windows. There were boarded up holes there so we figured the windows would finish it off well, aesthetically and also preventatively (critters). Can't wait to pull up the plastic.


    The small orchard (5 apple trees) and junk pile, looking perfectly bleak.