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Mjolk Favorite Products

Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks

Storeowners Juli Daoust and John Baker scout Scandinavia and Japan for the best designs in each region to bring back the best of their finds to their Toronto shop Mjölk (pronounced "mi-yelk"). We visited the duo in the city's Junction neighborhood for our September 2011 Design Finder. Here, they handpick their favorite items in the store and gives us a peek into why and how they chose each one.
July 27, 2011
Juli Daoust and John Baker of Mjolk

Design Shop Visit: Mjölk in Toronto

This Canadian duo searches out top Scandinavian and Japanese designs and brings their best finds back to this Toronto shop.
July 27, 2011
Marimekko iconic patterns

Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to bring hope and optimism to the country—in the form of brightly colored and boldly patterned fabrics and clothing. From the remnants of her husband Viljo’s oilcloth company, the couple launched Marimekko in 1951. Less than a decade later, Jackie Kennedy graced a December 1960 cover of Sports Illustrated in a pink Marimekko dress, and the company took off, gaining renown for its bright, modern, fashion-forward textiles and clothing. Here we take a look at some of Marimekko's most iconic and favorite patterns. Be sure to watch our Process slideshow that shows how these textiles are made.
July 26, 2011
Pebble Tape Dispenser and Post It Holder Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid's Pebble Collection

This summer, the prolific, plastic-loving designer Karim Rashid teamed up with 3M and its Post-it and Scotch brands for a new collaboration. The result of the team-up is the new Pebble Collection by Karim.
July 25, 2011
Egg Press Recipe Cards

Egg Press Recipe Cards

When you make a good meal, you want to share it (or at least keep the recipe on file for future dinner parties). Portland, Oregon-based letterpress company Egg Press has designed a new series of recipe cards to help you do so in an ever-so-elegant way.
July 22, 2011
Amys Kitchen Table avocado mango fennel salad

Avocado, Mango & Fennel Salad

Nearly all high-end kitchen appliance manufacturers invite celebrity chefs to their showrooms to make epicurean magic on their respective products. Bosch takes another interesting approach: having a regular you-and-me (named Amy) shop at the weekend farmers' markets, cook dishes with the ingredients using Bosch appliances, and share her recipes on the company's microsite Amy's Kitchen Table.
July 21, 2011
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Kamal Letterpress Art

I stumbled onto Kamal Patel's letterpress work in the Chronicle Books 2010 publication The Little Book of Letterpress, which highlights work by letterpress studios around the globe. The work by her Richmond, Virginia-based studio, Kamal, impressed me with its ornate patterns couched within a modern aesthetic. "The peacock has always been one of my favorite animals, and I wanted to capture their bold colors and swirling patterns simply and graphically," she's quoted as saying in the book, describing one of the suites of letterpressed cards she's developed.
July 19, 2011
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Friday Finds 7.15.11

Do you consider yourself a cat person or a dog person? According to Hunch, the blog that Aaron found this week, that distinction also correlates with your T.V. show preferences. Dog people will gravitate to Seinfeld, SNL, and House whereas the favorites of cat people are X-Files, Big Love and Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena? Haven't head that in while. Also not to miss: a video preview of the Summer Jubilee at the Walker Art Center where the series of events includes teaching kids important life skills, like, "how to esacpe from a trunk and hot wire a car." Never a dull moment in Finds o' Friday.
July 15, 2011
According to founder Gustavo Fricke (standing, with Rosario Martinez Llaguno, center, and Roberto Vega, right), what makes 
blackbox special is that “we have lots of soul. Many shops in Oaxaca buy goods from handcrafters cheaply and resell them for 
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Hecho en Oaxaca

An experimental shop in Oaxaca, Mexico, is resuscitating the region’s ancient crafts traditions and bringing indigenous artisans’ designs into the 21st century.
July 9, 2011
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