The junction design store Mjölk has become a beacon of purity and simplicity, never failing to give us a first-class ticket straight into the world of Scandinavian and Japanese design. The latest endeavour of owners John Baker and Juli Daoust is their exciting collaboration with one of Sweden’s most prominent contemporary architecture firms: Claesson Koivisto Rune. With a highly diverse portfolio, the multidisciplinary firm, CKR has undergone many product, furniture and textile collaborations on an international level. Claesson Koivisto Rune + Mjölk, is CKR’s first introduction to the Toronto design scene, being their first exhibition and product collaboration in Canada, with a reception taking place Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm.
The exhibition consists of Baker and Daoust turning their shop into a temporary gallery space; showcasing furniture, architectural models and accessories; creating a retrospective of the workings that have brought the firm to an internationally acclaimed level. With a variety of unique works on display, many are on sale, including CKR’s collaborative piece with Mjölk, Ceremony.
Ceremony is a three piece tea-set that was designed by CKR, developed by Mjolk and fabricated by a group of three Toronto-based artists. Part of the concept was to create something that becomes ritualistic, taking spirit from Swedish flika and the Japanese tea ceremony, and making it relevant to Western routine.
Ceremony and Mjölk act as ambassadors in linking three cultures together.
The pieces include a serving tray and milk cup with a concave lid, perfect for placing sugar cubes atop. The serving tray also acts as a pot rest and when turned over, a cutting board.
If one translates the the tea time ritual, the milk cup becomes a cup for maple syrup, the lid being the perfect place for butter.
In another translation, the milk cup becomes a container for soya sauce, the lid being perfect for ginger and wasabi, and chopsticks being able to rest immaculately on the tray.
The materials used to create Ceremony are vernacular to Toronto: Canadian Maple (bees-waxed) wood, brass and ceramic.