Interiors: Mjölk House

Design Curiosities: Giacomo Bagnara

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Giacomo Bagnara is a Verona-based illustrator and graphic designer. He has a masters degree in architecture from Politecnico di Milano, which took me a bit by surprise. It does explain his affinity for architecture illustrations I suppose. I really like his approach to color and texture. It’s a style that’s familiar for sure, but he’s definitely making it his own. You should check out his client list, very impressive.

Good Goods: Zinc Specimen Frame

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The lack of backing and unusual shape of this zinc frame perfectly complement pressed botanicals. I think one of these frames, especially the tiny version, would be a great housewarming or just because gift. Something dried from your own garden would provide it with just the right sentiment.

Design Curiosities: Karel Martens

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Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

Design Curiosities

I was first introduced to Karel Martens through his monograph, Printed Matter. I’ve been an admirer ever since. Karel Martens graduated from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Industrial Arts in Holland in 1961. Since then he has worked primairly as a freelance graphic designer. Throughout his career, in addition to his commissioned work, he produced countless prints and three-dimensional pieces. He has taught graphic design since 1977, and is currently senior critic in graphic design at Yale University. I cannot say enough about his work. For consistency sake, all of these images come from Hyphen Press — Printed Matter (1996), Counterprint (2004).

Curiosities: Amy Judd

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Amy Judd’s paintings are exquisite and a great example of contemporary surrealism. The clothing or lack there of in some cases is really breath-taking; the way she paints the female form is lovely. In this series, the faces are obscured by various natural objects. Her more recent Avian work, featured here, explores the “enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and birds found in traditional mythologies and folklores.”

Interiors: Mjölk House

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The Mjölk shop/house is located at the Junction in Toronto. It is one of the last remaining pressed metal buildings in the city. Great care was taken in restoring and keeping with it’s original character. I’ve long admired the folks behind Mjölk, and it was lovely finally seeing the store and meeting these guys last year on our road trip. I doubt very much that they would remember us, but they were very kind and gave us some great recommendations on places to see/eat in Toronto. Their shop was lovely, and I was delighted when I came across these photos of their home, which is situated atop their shop. It is incredible. The set up, the furnishings, everything. The vast amounts of natural light in their home is surprising, seeing how they are pressed between two other buildings. The architects behind the renovations, Studio Junction, did beautiful work. I know these photographs have been around the block a few times, but I wanted to share them here, as it is a dream of ours to one day own a studio/shop and live above, or in the least, very near.