Garden Works – Mjölk

Garden Works – Mjölk

Design Anderssen & Voll.

For this project we chose to work with natural material finishings to ensure that the products would tolerate heave use and still age with grace. This is closely linked to the Japanese notion of “Sabi” – a patina that can be obtained only through long-term interaction between the object and the hand.



Min Watering Can Indoor gardening is a miniature world. Clean, cultivated and controlled. in this context, we wanted to work with the watering can as a precision tool: a big, softly shaped wooden handle with reference to kitchen utensils, a relatively small volume of water leading out in a long and precise spout. The ornamental dialogue between the sensuous shape of the handle and the drawings of the wood grain is something we really appreciate in this product.


Herb Pot The herb pot container are primarily meant as a safe haven for the pots of fresh herbs that you buy at the grocery store. In our experience, these herbs lead an unsafe existence once they hit the kitchen counter: heavily plucked and with no designated place to stay. The pots are made from hand thrown terracotta and are designed with side openings to water the plants from the bottom rather than the top. This watering system promotes healthy root growth, protects the soil and sensitive root systems, and results in a bigger plant. The opening on the side also allows you to pour away excess liquid 20 minutes after watering.


New Mexico Cactus Pot Cacti and succulents enjoy being watered directly into well-drained soil. Their roots should never be standing in water. Our answer to this was to lift the pot on a short stem above the water collecting disc. The ornament on the disc, as well as the chosen colour palette, are influenced by our image of sunbaked landscapes and the natural habitats of cacti: New Mexico, Arizona, or even closer destinations like the Canary Islands.


Water Bulb The water bulb has basically the same function as a PET-water bottle turned upside down. The water is filtered through the soil and seeps slowly into the pot. We adapted this function to a sculptural glass object that mimics the plant and that would be nice enough to park in your flower pots even when it’s not in use.



Research has taught us that people who do gardening are happier than people who do not. Either gardening makes you happy or you are more inclined to do gardening if you tend to be happier than the average. Anyways, the conclusion is the same: Gardening is good for you. Writing Anderssen & Voll Styling Akio Hasegawa & Associates



Mjölk (Milk) is pure, honest, and essential.

Started in 2009 by husband-and-wife team John and Juli Baker, Mjölk is a lifestyle shop and gallery, representing work with an emphasis on functionality, craftsmanship, and timelessness.We look to our daily lives to find inspiration for the products we carry. In our view, there is a beauty to be found in even the most simple, everyday tools.

Our gallery exhibits work by artists and artisans from Scandinavia and Japan, and we have worked on several exclusive product collections, all of which explore the theme of daily ritual. Each collection is a collaboration between Mjölk and a prominent international designer, and produced locally by artisans in Toronto Canada.

Mjölk is located in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, in a white Victorian building with a modern interior designed by local architecture firm Studio Junction. We have been profiled by such international publications as Dwell, Monocle, Wallpaper and many more.

Mjölk. 2959 Dundas Street West. Toronto, Canada