I was in a new Toronto store called Mjölk the other day. It is a fairly new addition to Dundas Street’s trendy Junction area. They specialize in Scandinavian designed products, but they also carry designer lines from all over the world. It is a really beautifully designed store and feels more like a well-curated gallery. When I was there, they had some brand new Japanese paper and brass products that really stood out.
Check out these baskets designed by industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Made entirely of paper, they’re both beautiful and durable.
Also in the same collection are these Naoron paper bags (made from wood pulp and polyolefin using the washi-suki paper-making method). They’re super soft, flexible, water-resistant and stronger than they look — they would be great for the market. They’re even available in a number of different colours including black, grey, brown and red.
The other items that really stood out for me were the brass pieces designed by Oji Masanori. Can you guess what these are? You got it — bottle openers!
I also fell in love with this collection of trivets. These would look amazing mounted on a wall, let alone sitting on your table.
And finally, check out this set of eyehooks — such beautiful hardware!
For more eco-conscious industrial designs, check out Stacey Smithers’ Do Not Dispose blog post.