Browsing Tag

blown glass

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Bijoux Glass Domes by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux glass domes by dutch designer Kiki van Eijk

Bijoux is a new collection of glass domes created by Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk for Secondome. I like the lines of her serving pieces. They will be presented at Maison et Objet this week.

fabrica glass domes cake stands bowls and pitchers for secondome

In 2008, Fabrica made a unique glass serving ware collection for Secondome. It contains 14 mouth-blown glass pieces: cake covers, roast covers, pitchers and sculptures. The whimsical pieces cheer up any table. Rita Botelho played with wine glasses to create her glass domes. Sam Browm created Futiles, a series formed by a fruit bowl and two pitchers. Yukihiro Kaneuchi imagined the happy cake stand. I like the Martians glass domes by American designer Becka Citron.

SOURCING:
+ Bijoux by Kiki van Eijk for Secondome
+ Secondome Glass Martians Third by Becka Citron for Fabrica $552 USD at Yook
+ via Moco Loco

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

A.J Creation’s Tableware Blends White Ceramic with Vibrant Glass

a.j. creations ceramic and blown glass housewaresI am thrilled by this new find A.J Creation is born when the ceramist Amélie Lucier and the blown glass artist Julien Mongeau decided to unite the two materials to make beautiful everyday housewares.

The results are design products with an attractive tension between the materials. The bold color glass opposes pure white ceramic.

I cannot tell you more at the moment. A.J Creation’s products are supposed to be available at Les Touilleurs, a kitchen store for foodies that I adore. I will go check them out next week.

Christmas Shopping

They also exposed until December 20 at Bure & Linon. The public can visit Bure & Linon:

  • Thursday and Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM and
  • Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

You will find them at Salon des métiers d’art du Québec at Place Bonaventure from December 5 to 21, 2008. The Salon des métiers d’art du Québec is a popular stop for Christmas shopping in Montreal.

Update: I want to thank Josyan McGregor for finding at the shop of the Art Gallery of Ontario the price of the mortar and pestle set. I appreciate your help.

MORE:
+ Directions to go at Les Touilleurs
+ Directions to go at Bure & Linon
+ Mortar and Pestle Set at AGO Shop – price: $105 CAD
+ Images by Créativité Montréal

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Last minute gift ideas at Gogoglass

witch ball and flower vase by Verre minuit :: Karine Bouchard

If you read my blog often, you already know that Gogoglass is a favorite of mine. I owned her Lemon Reamer and it works like a charm. My husband used it when he plays the barman to extract citrus juices.

When I went to their Workshop Sale on December 1, I took some pictures of their latest creations. Once again, it was a pure pleasure for the eyes.

For your home decor

Karine Bouchard of Verre Minuit makes stunning witch balls. She hangs a bunch of witch balls as a large wall structure. Several times customers asked her to take a picture of her composition and then buy the whole things. They used her picture as a template to reproduce her composition when they get home.

Karine’s witch balls come in 3 almost sizes starting at $25 CAD for the small balls. Witch balls are a popular holiday ornament that you can keep all year around.

If I am not mistaken, Karine and Annie Michaud collaborated to create these amazing flower vases. Otherwise, it is a creation of Verre Minuit. A plate with a small hole can sit on the top. This design enables you to put a single branch on a large vase. Look and versatility combine in one vase.

For your table

salt container :: mortar & pestle :: fruit vase by annie michaud

Annie Michaud creates many tableware products. The French name Main-de-sel ($52 / 62$) sounds more lovely than Salt container. Annie created a glass container with a two-sided spoon for serving sea salt at your table. When you entertain more than six persons, I suggest you place two salt containers. A ratio of 3 to 4 persons conveys a sense of refinement.

I tried out Annie’s own mortar & pestle($95 / $105), the one she used to ground her pepper at the workshop. Wow! It works as well as it looks. I put one on my Christmas wish list; we will see soon if Santa Claus selected it. Otherwise, I will get the bright orange one myself.

A new product is the fruit vase ($45 at the workshop). It is really pretty when you make a row of identical fruits. I could see that used as a centerpiece.

If you are in Montreal, know that the prices of Annie Michaud’s pieces are sold on average for $10 less at her workshop. That is why I put two prices.

Gogoglass
385 de la Commune East (marché Bonsecours)
Montreal, QC H2Y 1H2
phone 514.397.8882

Sourcing:
For Karine Bouchard : Web site of Verre Minuit – her latest creations are not there
Buy online: Web site of Annie Michaud

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Annie Michaud’s blown glass kitchenware brings style to cooking

glass mortar lemon reamer salt container decanter by Annie Michaud

I am thrilled to get an email from Annie Michaud yesterday. She just launched a new online store. I am pretty fond of her glass kitchen gadgets.

Collection of food preparation tools

I fancy the Mortar & Pestle, the Lemon Reamer and the Salt Container. My friend Mel owns the glass Mortar and Pestle for several years now. Her mother gave it to her as a housewarming present. These glass kitchen tools are colorful and beautifully crafted. I have seen the finished products at her shop this summer.

Glass objects inject colors in a vibrant yet sophisticated manner. Her kitchen collection is available in black, blue, lime, orange and yellow. So you can coordinate it to your kitchen decor. Since there is no red, I would go for orange or green. The blue is amazing but it does not fit into my decor.

The product descriptions are at the bare minimum. But the pictures give you a good idea of these unique products.

Ideas for big budget events

The hearts make a wonderful wedding party favor if you have a huge wedding budget. I know of at least one celebrity that did it.

You can spread several small and big hearts on your table to form a river shape. This is an idea to implement for a man that wishes to ask the hand of marriage of his beloved. Or imagine a one of a kind centerpiece made of lots of the hearts into a clear glass vase with a bunch of identical flowers.

Honestly, the best way to fully appreciate these handcrafted pieces is to see them in person. If you come to Montreal, stop by Gogo Glass. It is in Old Montreal.

About Annie Michaud

Annie of Gogo Glass is an artisan. She practices glass blowing for many years. Her shop and her atelier are at Marche Bonsecours in old Montreal. If you want to know more about glass blowing, you can watch online a short video where Annie demonstrates the making of a lemon reamer.

Apart from her kitchen and vase collections, Annie does custom projects for designers, restaurant owners, sport event producers and companies. She shares her shop with another talented glass blowing artist called Karine Bouchard of Verre Minuit.

Sourcing:
Buy online: Mortar and Pestle collection by Annie Michaud – price: $105 CAD
Buy online: Lemon Reamers by Annie Michaud – price: $51 CAD
Buy online: Salt Containers by Annie Michaud – price: $62 CAD
Buy online: Decanters by Annie Michaud – price: $125 CAD
Buy online: Small hearts by Annie Michaud – price: $35 CAD
Learn more: Web site of Verre Minuit