10 Questions with Chelsea Maier

Nov 14, 2014

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Chelsea Maier is the uber-talented mind behind In Plan View, a young and blossoming company which seeks to make our dining tables extra beautiful! Her obsession with textiles has stirred her to create a collection of ‘brightly-coloured, textured and patterned everythings’ right here in Winnipeg. She is also the mother of Summer Skin Clothing, the sister company to In Plan View. When she’s not busy creating her own things, she’s teaching art to kids at the Artful Owl studio. She shows so much passion in her work and has so much love for Winnipeg. She might be leaving us for BC in the new year but she will certainly continue to inspire us wherever she may be. Lucky for her (and you), EQ3 has something in the works in response to her final answer – that will be revealed soon!

 

 

Nina Quark: Which room in your home is your favourite to spend time?

 

Chelsea Maier: Bedroom. Or specifically- the bed area within the bedroom. I think a bed is an open canvas for your style to be achieved via what you choose for linens, throws, pillow styles, and the frame itself. It’s where comfort and design meet best without apologies. Next to the bed is my favourite piece of furniture- a bedside table. I have had everything from an upside down milk cart, to stools, to more conventional bedside tables. A bedside table is my favourite corner of the bedroom because it houses all of lifes best goodies- books stacked high, lamps, plants, fresh flowers, water at night, coffee in the morning, photographs, art…  a sketchbook in case you can’t fall asleep because of ideas…

 

 

NQ: What was the highlight of your summer?

 

CM: This summer was wild! I don’t think I was in the same place for two days at a time. Highlight had to be wandering around the streets of Vancouver in the sun and thinking ‘In the New Year this will be our new home’.

 

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NQ: What are you most looking forward to with winter approaching?

 

CM: Seeing what magic the locals cook up for us this season. When I first moved here I thought you ‘Peggers would hibernate or something while winter was in full force. It’s the exact opposite. So many things happen because Winnipegers look at winter as an opportunity. I’m excited to see the new warming huts. I’m excited to see the renderings of the new Raw:Almond come to life, I’m excited to explore all the new restaurants opening up, I’m looking forward to a skate or five on the river trail. The expressions on peoples faces as they rip down the frozen river on skates in the open air? Pure joy. Winter here is priceless, if you surrender yourself to it, if you make it your friend.

 

 

NQ: What was the most inspirational thing to happen in your week?

 

CM: Right now I teach 9 art classes at a local childrens art studio. It inspires me on the daily. This week I asked a group of girls in one of my classes to finish the sentence ‘When I make art I feel…’ and one of the girls wrote: ‘When I make art I feel: happy and confident. Excited like I could make art forever. I feel like I could be an artist’. I think I’m going to frame it.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: With many new local spots to dine, is there one in particular which really impressed you?

 

CM: Well, I’m currently writing this at ‘The Store Next Door’ which just opened its doors on Monday, by the owners of Chew (on Corydon). I’m sitting at one of two large handmade wooden tables, they have a raw wood farmhouse door separating the bakery/cafe/store from the restaurant, their baked goods look picture perfect, they have take home meals and homemade sauces packaged in mason jars, and I just had the best bowl of potato salad of my life. It just has great vibes. I’m moving in.

 

 

NQ: If you could choose any natural environment to view outside of your window, what would it be?

 

CM: The Ocean. Or a Mountain. And/or both. Aka the view out my grandma’s kitchen window.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: Which musical artist has most recently earned your admiration?

 

CM: Adam Cohen! His new album is beautiful. ‘We Go Home’ is so so beautiful. I am seeing him perform at the West End Cultural center in November. Hopefully I don’t cry like when I saw his father, Leonard Cohen perform two April’s ago. Music is so powerful.

 

 

NQ: Who do you look up to and why?

 

CM: One person?! Right now there are so many people around me that inspire me daily and are doing so many great things out in the world. I will have to claim that it is one of my best girlfriends from Winnipeg, who recently picked up her life and moved to Toronto on a whim, taking major risks all in the name of adventure. It is the first time she’s moved away from home, lived on her own, had to start from scratch to find a job etc. But all of that aside, the conversations we have had about her experiences of establishing herself in a brand new city are so inspiring. I think they have total crossover into the design field. I believe that learning and exploring a new city can be such a catalyst to the design process, and for rapid change, improvement, observations, and motivations. You know that feeling when you buy a brand new sketchbook, and you flip through all it’s crisp, blank white pages? I think moving to a brand new city is exactly like that- the perfect mix of pressure and anxiety, of opportunity and potential. I’m really proud of the first few marks she’s made in that new book.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: What movie are you most anxious to see (new or old)?

 

CM: I decided today I need to brush up on two movies: Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. I watched those when I was so young, I want to explore them as an adult now. You know, just me, a glass of wine, and do re mi fa so la ti do!

 

 

NQ: What is one product you would love to see added to the EQ3 line?

 

CM: EQ3 + In Plan View haha… Tough question though! EQ3 has a wonderfully curated, well rounded collection. I am totally coveting everything that has the option of being built with white marble (your end tables, dining room table, cheese board, etc). Thinking back, I really liked your collaboration with artists for pillow cases, notebooks and tote bags. Carrying feature art prints that are printed and ready to hang would be really phenomenal. Everybody needs more art on their walls!

Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

Ginger Apple Cocktail

Nov 5, 2014

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AppleGingerCocktail-3_working3Crisp Champagne Glass – Buy it here

 

Here’s a simple autumn inspired cocktail using fresh apples, pear vodka, and ginger ale! You will need to make a simple honey syrup by combining two parts honey to one part boiling water. Stir to dissolve and allow to it cool slightly.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:
– 1 oz pear flavoured vodka
– .75 oz lime juice
– .75 oz honey syrup
– 3 slices of fresh apple

 

Use a muddler to break up the apple slightly, and to combine the ingredients. Add a hand full of ice and shake to combine. Pour into a glass on top of fresh ice and top it up with ginger ale. Add a thin apple slice to the rim as garnish and Enjoy!

 

Work Crush: Kari Bernhardt

Nov 5, 2014

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Employee: Kari Bernhardt

Store: EQ3 Calgary

Job Title: Sales Associate

Years at EQ3: 3

 

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About Kari:
“I began working at EQ3 after coming in and purchasing the Martian lamp. I loved the modern design of the product line and that EQ3 is a Canadian company. Currently I am finishing my Visual Design certificate with Interior Design Specialization at U of C.  My free time is spent with my favorite boys, my son Ben (who took this photo) and my dogs George & Henry.”

 

Kari’s Work Crush:
“My work crush is my Mollie chair shown in Marimekko Praliini fabric. It is a fun and versatile occasional chair that can add a pop to a room with a great pattern or bright colour. The price point is great and the chair is really quite comfortable.”

 

The custom made Mollie chair is available in any fabric or leather of your choice. Love Mollie as much as Kari does? Shop it here

Freebie: Printable November Planner

Nov 1, 2014

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November’s free printable planner features the Klere Bookcase. Offering a simple and streamlined esthetic, this bookcase presents a variety of storage sizes that can accommodate books, magazines and decorative items. Coordinates well with other products from the Klere collection.

 

Click here to download and print the November Monthly Planner.

 

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Feature Image: Klere Bookcase

 

Note: This calendar is intended for personal use only. Print it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this calendar for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

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