Juli Daoust and John Baker and their two young daughters live in a Toronto flat that’s one flight of stairs up from Mjölk, their homewares shop. Not surprisingly, inventory from the shop makes it up into their own quarters, especially the kitchen, which is modeled after Norwegian summer house designs. Working with architecture firm
Studio Junction to customize every inch of the space, Juli and John stocked it with their favorite tools—the kind of Japanese kitchen essentials one dreams of. Here, we’ve sourced the key elements and accessories to start our own wish list.
Above: Juli and John are masters at combining the best of their favorite design traditions. See more in A Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchen with Hints of Japan. Photograph by Juli Daoust. Above: A custom oak cabinet with soapstone counters and open and closed storage anchors the back wall. Photograph by Juli Daoust. Above: Classic Danish dining furniture blends effortlessly with the warm oak kitchen. Photograph by Juli Daoust. Lighting and Furniture Above: Designed by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö, the Star 6 Track Light is made of raw copper and is available to order directly through Örsjö; inquire for pricing information. Above: Juli and John’s kitchen island was designed by Studio Junction. An ideal, ready-to-purchase option is the March Work Table of white oak and steel. Above: Jonas Bohlin’s pendant Lamp Kvist 6 is also made of raw copper; €1,675 at Skulptur Fabriken. Above: Designed by Børge Mogensen in 1942, the C18 Dining Table is made of solid beech or white oak; $3,200 CAD at Mjölk. The J39 Chair is sold at Mjölk for $650 CAD each. Above: Gain additional workspace with Ikea’s birch Bekväm Kitchen Cart for $59.99.
Appliances Above: Similar to Juli and John’s cooktop, the KitchenAid 36-Inch Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop is $1,439 at ABT. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: 36-Inch Gas Cooktops. Above: The Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder features steel burrs and 40 different adjustable steps. It has a high-torque motor that turns slower than most grinders; $139 at Crate & Barrel. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Coffee Grinders. Above: The Breville Four-Slice Stainless Steel Toaster is $179.95 at Crate & Barrel. Accessories
Above: Ikea’s Grundtal Rail is a stainless steel alternative to Juli and John’s custom wooden under-shelf rail; $9.99 for the 31 1/2-inch length. For more examples of kitchens with the Grundtal rail, go to Ultimate Budget Storage: 10 Kitchens with Ikea’s Grundtal Rail System. Above: The Grundtal S-Hook Set is $2.99 for a five-pack of 2 3/4-inch hooks, and $3.99 for a five-pack of 4 3/8-inch hooks at Ikea.
Above: Designed by Hidetoshi Takahashi, the Bagel Trivet is made of Japanese maple (also available in walnut and cherry) with a leather string for hanging; $75 at Spoon & Tamago.
Above: The Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Tea Kettle in matte is $77.70 on Amazon. For an alternate option, see High/Low: Japanese Tea Kettle. Above: The Futagami Brass Knife Stand has a removable wooden lid with five slots for knives; $290 at Nalata Nalala. Above: Octagonal maple Kakudo Cutting Boards are $145 AUD for the small and $210 AUD for the large at Mr Kitly. In Juli and John’s kitchen, the boards are standing in a Futagami Brass Chopping Board Holder; $265 at Nalata Nalata.
For another look into the world of Mjölk, see our post on Juli and John’s
Scandi Cabin Remodel on Lake Huron
and their Toronto city guide,
A Perfect Day in Toronto
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 28, 2014.