Stop by the Mjölk gallery and storefront in the Junction for a chance to experience debuts by three of their favourite designers. As part of Mjölk’s exclusive line of products, the new work includes furniture by Thom Fougere, designed and produced locally in Toronto; kitchenware by Oji Masanori from Japan; and housewares by Ingegerd Råman from Sweden. The work will be on display and available for order beginning January 22, 2021.
Started in 2009 by husband-and-wife team John Baker and Juli Daoust, Mjölk is a lifestyle shop and gallery, representing work with an emphasis on functionality, craftsmanship, and timeless-ness. We look to our daily lives to find inspiration for the products we carry. In our view, there is a beauty to be found in even the most simple, everyday tools. Our gallery exhibits work by local and international artists and artisans, and we have worked on several exclusive product collections which explore the theme of daily ritual.
Thom Fougere studied architecture at the University of Manitoba. During his nine-year tenure as Creative Director at EQ3, he led the company through a transformative brand re-positioning. In 2015 he established his studio, dedicated to investigating how we live and interact with objects in our homes. His works have been exhibited internationally at design fairs in Milan, Stockholm, New York, and Toronto.
Oji Masanori is a Japanese designer with a special interest in the objects of everyday life—his design process involves careful consideration of the lives of its users and the manufacturing process by which it’s created. Professionally trained in calligraphy and architecture, he founded his studio in 2004 after working for several years as an architect and graphic designer. His work is strongly influenced by Japan’s rich history of craft while looking to the future of industry.
Ingegerd Råman is a designer from Stockholm, Sweden. After training under Carl Malmsten at Capellagården in Öland, and at the University of College of Arts, Crafts, and Design, in Stockholm, she established a ceramics studio in 1967. Alongside her ceramic work, Ingegerd Råman has had a successful career as a glass designer at Johansffors Glassworks and Skruf Glassworks. Today she works independently, and is one of Sweden’s best-loved and most highly respected designers.