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Posted by Charlotte Johnstone / Posted on January 8, 2010

Mjolk InteriorMjölk, barely open a month, is an interior design store in the Junction. Pronounced mi-yelk and meaning, wait for it...milk, this seemingly odd moniker perfectly befits the aesthetic and ethos of the Swedish-centric store.

Mjolk SofaAs the offspring of Scandinavia-philes John Baker and Juli Daoust, Mjölk is a chapel for Nordic homeware, and has all the tacit qualities of a long glass of Harmony. Simple, rustic and nurturing notions abound, from the Charlotte Hargreaves carafes to the Moomins illustrated children's books.

Mjolk AccessoriesEven the walls of Mjölk, whose interior was co-designed by Studio Junction, are decidedly milky.

Mjolk FurnitureBaker and Daoust decided to open the store together after years of collaborative vintage furniture scavenging hunts and renovations, which were inspired by their collective love of interior refurbishment.

Mjolk LettersThey originally intended to open a vintage store but became increasingly interested in Scandinavian design, a mutual passion which coalesced while on a working vacation in Sweden and Denmark.

Mjolk SheepAs the initial stages of establishing Mjölk unfurled, the couple documented the associated design-fuelled travels and travails on their excellent design blog Kitka Design.

Mjolk KitchenMjölk stocks a wide range of home furnishings by Scandinavian designers, ranging from dish cloths to book cases, all of which are sourced from abroad and imported into Canada by the store.

Mjolk ClothingPared-down wooden tables with felt covered chairs vie for attention with stained wood rocking chairs, minimalist lighting fixtures and fetchingly functional tableware.

Mjolk BirdsMjölk is very much a family-oriented lifestyle store, stocking an array of children's clothing, wooden toys (such as the entertaining pair of rocking sheep that were stationed under a shelf stocked with home accessories on the day that we visited) and even a baby bassinet.

Mjolk ToysAs they began collecting the inventory for Mjölk, Baker and Daoust became more interested in Japanese designers, noting the crossover of clean, functional design inherent in both Scandinavian and Japanese furnishings.

They began bringing in a few pieces of furniture from Japan, and might eventually even dedicate half the store (which is still presently under construction) to Japanese imports.

Mjolk BooksWhatever the case, the future of Mjölk's catalogue is fluid, given the enthusiasm both owners have for stocking the store with the latest results of their design scouring.

They are currently furnishing the apartment they occupy above Mjölk, and as Daoust tells me "it's hard to decide what pieces to order for each...right now it's one for us, one for the store".

Photos by Emma McIntyre.



jojo / January 8, 2010 at 11:27 am
Looks good.
Daniel Robb / January 8, 2010 at 11:35 am
Way to go John & Julie!!! It looks terrific.
jack / January 8, 2010 at 02:25 pm
Muji would have been better
CW / January 8, 2010 at 05:17 pm
How are the prices?
martin / January 9, 2010 at 08:02 pm
was there this morning, pretty cool store although they dont have much product most likely since they just opened, the table in the first picture was 2200 if i remember correctly. dont remember any other prices.
Gastronomic gastroenterologist replying to a comment from jack / January 9, 2010 at 08:48 pm
Why don't you say IKEA instead?
jazzy / January 11, 2010 at 06:01 pm
Although I am dying for MUJI to come to Canada I don't agree that it would have been better,-I appreciate independent store like this and I commend the two for bringing great product to us - it's hard to find great items like Mjolk has at regular home furnishing type stores. Can't wait to drop by when i'm in the area. hope i can afford something. And as for the IKEA comment - this stuff is on a whole other design level than IKEA, can't you tell by the pieces and items??
Fran replying to a comment from jazzy / January 15, 2010 at 08:32 pm
Muji....yawn. Have you ever gone to one?

The whole Scandinavian design thing has been done to death. The sixties are over, folks.
parameba / January 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm
i went to few muji store including the flagship-store in yurakucho, tokyo. everytime i came back with things.

actually i bought few items (bed, lamp, clothes and few appliance) and have them shipped to toronto :)

my daydream is muji toronto lol
Viv / January 20, 2010 at 02:17 am
Is this mjolk the fashion label?? seems odd someone would open a store like this under the same brand name?? wtf?!
John / January 21, 2010 at 06:04 pm
I need to clarify something. Mjolk isn't a design brand, it's just a small furniture store in Toronto selling many brands none of which are named mjolk. There's no company or store in Canada named mjolk, so it wasn't a problem registering the name. It's cool that there's a fashion label in Australia with the same name, but since it means "milk" in Swedish, I don't think any one person or company should own it.

Hope this clears things up!
pod / January 23, 2010 at 05:57 pm
If they stock Pia Wallen felt slippers I will give them a visit!
Anonymous / January 28, 2010 at 10:04 am
That couch is worth 22 000$. I think I'll put a down payment on a condo before I buy that couch...
Jerry / January 29, 2010 at 01:50 pm
Independent stores can bring their personalities to create something unique and engaging to the table. Excuse the pun.
This type of entrepreneurial spirit is something we need more of, not less, especially in Toronto.

Can't wait to visit you guys!
margaret / May 12, 2010 at 04:28 pm
Wow - where's the love people?!? I, for one, am always inspired by people following their dreams and taking personal risks to bring items for which they have a passion to market - whether I'm a fan of the same aesthetic or not. Best of luck mjolk!
EL / July 29, 2010 at 09:18 pm
I love this store (and their blog too)
Katya / April 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I am just writing about Mjolk on our Scandimania Blog:
Sarah / July 17, 2013 at 03:34 pm
I went here, like the store a lot, but I found a gem across the street - Equilibrium furniture!

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