Geometric Street Art

Oct 23, 2014

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I have always been fascinated with optical illusions and more specifically impossible figures that use geometric or isometric shapes. New York street artist Aakash Nihalani creates bold geometric paintings and installations that interact with their environments using various mediums. His outdoor works are usually created using tape in various colours to create patterns or designs which often use forced perspective. The images of the installations often include people interacting with the artwork to create the forced perspective or enhance the illusion. You can see more of his work on his blog.

 

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Our Hands–Theresita

Oct 21, 2014

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Our Hands will be a recurring series of hand portraits and questions with the intention of illustrating the people that help build our products. Furthermore, this body of work is quite personal. It embodies properties that I speak about in my own art practice which are about the new immigrant experience and their adaptation to life in Winnipeg. Currently my focus is on the wave of tailors and seamstresses that came to work in Winnipeg’s flourishing garment industry in the late 1960′s and early 70′s.

 

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5 Questions with Theresita

 

Charles – How long have you been a seamstress?

Theresita – I have been a seamstress for 14 years.

C – What is your job title?

T – Sewing machine operator.

C – In 5 words or less describe what you do with your hands all day?

T – Sew and hold fabric.

C – What makes your hands unique?

T – My manicure.

C – Would you change anything about your hands?

T – Nothing.

C – What is your favourite thing to hold.

T – My face.

Visual Inventory: Fall 2014

Oct 16, 2014

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is back to share cultural recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His Visual Inventory posts focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online, photography, etc.).

 

This month’s theme is:

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BOYHOOD

I’ve heard rumblings over the years about Richard Linklater’s secret long-term film project now titled Boyhood. Of course hearing about and speculating about a work of art over a long period of time raises the expectations to a level that is almost unattainable. If anything, boyhood was able to surpass these unreasonable expectations. You can read about it, watch a trailer, but nothing compare to just watching it for the first time. I’ll leave it at that.

 

 

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OLAFUR ELIASSON – GIANT LANDSCAPE

I’m always intrigued by what Olafur Eliasson has to say. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a wide range of his work in different cities and gallery’s over the past year or so, but this new installation at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one I really wish I was able to experience in person. This time Eliasson has filled an entire wing of the museum with a landscape of rocks in order to simulate an indoor riverbed. Quite striking in photos, I’m sure experiencing the installation is something else.

 

 

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MAKOTO AZUMA – EXOBIOTANICA

Sometimes artists or photographers are able to capture a single gesture with such simplicity, the amount of work and rigour it takes to get to that point vanishes. Exobiotanica perfects this. I viewed the set of images put together by Makoto Azuma out of context, but was slowly able to place the pieces together to understand the beautiful simplicity of the work. You can read about the process, and view more images here.

 

 

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ADULT JAZZ

I often find myself captivated by the ugly, or misinterpreted. Upon first listen to Adult Jazz, it is hard to see beyond the the ugly and peculiar side of their music. It takes a few listens to completely unravel their tracks, but their music becomes that much more rewarding over time. The best I can describe their sound is the Dirty Projectors with an accent.

 

 

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MJOLK VOLUME 3

The third volume of Mjolk was released earlier this year in the Spring. John and Juli, good friends and owners of Mjolk, release their Mjolk publication on a yearly basis and visit a variety of craftspeople mostly in the Scandinavia and Japan regions. Volume 3, their best so far in my opinion, visits one of my favourite architects Terunobu Fujimori in Japan, potter Renaud Sauve in Quebec, and break down Minoru Oya’s coffee ceremony.

Introducing: The Winston Collection

Oct 14, 2014

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There is something intriguing about buttons.

Perhaps it is that buttons transform a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional texture. Although every pull and every button seem to look the same, they are all slightly different, not generated with sterile perfection but pulled by hand. The result lends to a pattern with aleatoric order, and testimonies of the art of craftsmanship, and the skilled craftsman himself, that patiently connected strings, strips, squares and buttons to form Winston.

 

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Winston Queen Bed with High Headboard in Jet Leaf Fabric

 

“The details are not the details. They make the Design” Charles Eames.

 

Details are intentional and have a purpose, some technical, some esthetic, some both. The cover for example, that drapes over the rails and foot board serves the technical purpose to seamlessly connect them; At the same time it is meant to be pleasing to the eye. The headboard details can be observed from a couple of meters away focusing on the continuous pattern, or from a close distance. Winston is meant to integrate itself into the orchestra of intentional and unintentional details that surround people; the folds on the duvet cover; the art on the wall; the objects on the nightstand and their coincidental composition.

 

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Cover detail seamlessly connecting foot and side rails

 

Last but not least Winston is an homenage to inspiring icons such as the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe and the chesterfield sofa which have sustainably shaped the furniture landscape since their introduction.

 

If you would like to know more about Winston, we encourage you to visit one of our Stores ore on our Website here.

Generation Art Launch Event

Oct 9, 2014

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Now in its second round, EQ3 has developed a limited edition product line in support of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Generation Art, featuring winning artwork submitted by seven emerging Canadian artists of all ages. The winning pieces were selected from hundreds of entries that reflected on the theme Celebrating Canadian Diversity.

 

Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee,  Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee, Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Just a few weeks ago on September 23rd, EQ3 launched Generation Art with a special event that took place at EQ3’s Flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village. EQ3 flew in all winning artists from all corners of Canada to Toronto for a 4-day trip for two to attend the launch event and enjoy the local sites.

 

All seven Generation Art contributing artists

All seven Generation Art contributing artists

 

Artists got the chance to meet one another and check out how EQ3 reinterpreted their work for the new product line.

 

 

 

FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton

FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton

 

EQ3 President and CEO Peter Teilmann with FMJF Co-Founder Jean Daniel Lafond

EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann with FMJF Co-Founder and Co-Chair Jean-Daniel Lafond.

 

EQ3′s Peter Tielmann and FMJF’s Jean-Daniel Lafond addressed media, winners and special guests with a warm welcome and encouraged those in attendance to purchase a Generation Art gift that gives back this holiday season.

 

 

 

This year, Generation Art is made up of pillows, ottomans, beanbags, paper napkins, ceramics mugs and serving platters.

 

 


 

Generation Art is available now at the EQ3 flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village – 3-51 Hanna Avenue. Look for the line at all Canadian locations and online at EQ3.com December 1, 2014.

 

All proceeds raised from the sale of the product line will be reinvested into FMJF’s programs for underserved youth. Learn more about Generation Art and EQ3’s commitment to the Michaëlle Jean Foundation here.

 

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