• July 24, 2018

    The Stone House: Swedish Kakelugn




    Did I mention we are dreamers?


    A standout feature of Scandinavian interiors is the beautiful ceramic tile Kakelugn stove. The all white cylindrical version is possibly the most iconic, however, one can find them in all shapes, sizes and colours--even painted tile. As admirers of Nordic design, we are naturally drawn to the ceramic ornamentation found on these stoves paired with pale wood floors, crown molding and modernist furniture. 

    That being said, these stoves are more than mere decoration. The way the chimney system works, it retains the heat from the first firing in the morning throughout the day, radiating soft warmth for a long period of time without having to use a lot of wood.


    So...I can hear you asking. Where on earth did you find this, and how on earth did you get it to small town Ontario from Sweden? Cue John and his internet wanderings again. Purchased from Lindholm Kakelugnar, the interaction was pretty seamless and Mats was very helpful in organizing everything. We used our usual freight forwarder to get it to Toronto, and then our amazing local movers to get it to the country. 


    By the way, ignore the grey paint job behind, it got destroyed and we ended up moving in a new direction anyway...
    a surprise for later.


    It took awhile to secure a certified stove mason in Ontario willing to put it together for us but eventually we found Alex Chernov. First step was to build a masonry stove, then they had to put all the numbered tiles in the correct location.

    There is a very special way to construct a masonry stove like this. It cannot be made with cement of any kind, and the fillings have to be made with a chalk pudding instead of mortar. Alex and his assistant worked patiently and efficiently, producing a beautiful and authentic end product.


    For us finding a stove that would fit in a rural enviroment, in such an old home, was really important. This motif is only found on stoves from Gotland, a Swedish island famous for its stone cottages and craft culture. The stove was built originally around 200 years ago, and you can find stoves by the same stove master in Hotel Stelor in Gotland. 


    The brass door is a nice detail.


    Under construction, pre filling.


    The view from the summer kitchen.

  • 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.