Housed in a charming white Victorian building in the Toronto neighbourhood known as The Junction, Mjolk Gallery and Store is surrounded by industrial buildings rich in history and heritage. With the local neighbourhood having recently undergone gentrification, The Junction, which fits inside a triangle boarded by three train lines, is now home to chic restaurants, bars, design stores and converted warehouses and former industrial lots. Husband and wife team John Baker and Juli Daoust are the owners and founders of Mjölk, a gallery and store space specialising in Scandinavian and Japanese art and design.
Not only do this talented couple have an eye for great design, stocking Borge Mogensen, Hans Wegner, SANAA, Alvar Aalto and Naoto Fukasawa, they have also successfully collaborated on many creative endevours having worked on award winning product designs as well as publishing a series of books about travel, design and craft. You need only follow their inspiring Kitka Blog to see some of the world’s most unique and interesting places as they document quality design, great food, local talent and their everyday life.
The rejuvenation of the building that is home to Mjölk and its creators is the product of the local architecture firm Studio Junction who were engaged by John and Juli to create a contemporary version of a traditional shop house, winning a Toronto Urban Design Award in 2013. The project involved the restoration of the historic retail façade, a contemporary commercial interior on the ground floor, and a modest and innovative family home to occupying the top two levels. The interior spaces are strategically fitted with furniture and objects sourced by Mjölk to create a functional and honest aesthetic.