Entries from June 28th, 2013

Instagram: June 2013

Jun 28, 2013

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It’s taken a while for Winnipeg to warm-up, but summer has finally arrived over here at the EQ3 Headquartres and we couldn’t be happier. Some of us sought out sun-therapy, slipping away from the office to enjoy alfresco-style lunches, while other members on our team managed to escape completely, taking much-deserved vacations. Those little breaks – whether they’re brief mid-day work breaks or week-long getaways – really have put us all in better moods!


Here’s a look at how each of us soaked up the start of summer…




cooking with fresh ingredients / experimenting with new camera angles / watching the clouds go by / capturing the little things / getting away from it all (Madi captured these lovely palm trees in Delores Park, San Francisco while on vacation) / cycling around the city / sipping sangria out back / visiting the docks / embracing colour


Instagrams taken by members of our marketing and product design and development teams.

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Pinterest: Colourblocked Designs

Jun 27, 2013

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Last month’s Pinterest round-up was dedicated to all things colour. With the onset of summer, we’re still finding ourselves drawn to bright, bold shades, but this time we’re focusing on our favourite Pins that showcase one of today’s hottest trends: colourblocking.


Whether blocked out in stripes, geometric shapes or something more free-flowing, playing with colour and contrast is all the rage.


If you’re style is more classic, take inspiration from Hudson’s Bay Company, the beloved Canadian brand that’s home to many of EQ3’s Gallery Store Locations. Their infamous striped motif is a National (and International classic) classic proving that colourblocking is not only trendy, but timeless too. This design looks great on everything from clothing and accessories to home decor, but we’re particularly drawn to this custom striped RV application, which we Pinned just a few days ago:


Video source: Hudson’s Bay Company


Promo video for HBC’s exclusive web series, Project Adventure (#projectadventure), which premiers this Canada Day (July 1st) on B-Insider. 4 adventures. 2 months. 1 thirty-four foot long custom striped RV. 50 Canadian cities. We’ll be tuning in. Will you?



If your style tends to be more lighthearted and quirky, take cue from these twists on designer classics and block out colours in geometric shapes (square, rectangular, and diamond patterns will work well):



Image Sources: Instagram of Pantone Universe colour samples via Simply Grove / Modern Art Desserts book: Mondrian-inspired cake by Caitlin Freeman via Dwell / Ecology of Colour patterned Treehouse in Dartford via Studio Weave and Nous Vous / Designer Classics A to Z A2 Giclée Print via 67 Inc.



Bring it home with EQ3:



Left to Right: EQ3+ Marimekko Aino Cushion ($73.00) / EQ3+ Pablo Tube Top Colours Lamp, Dark Blue ($120.00) / EQ3+ Urbio Big Happy Family Kit ($175.00)



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Live Like This: Alfresco Dining

Jun 25, 2013

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Live like this…




Nothing says summer like alfresco dining. Set the mood for a relaxed, outdoor meal with casual accessories and comfortable furnishings. Start by picking a shaded spot to set-up – under an umbrella or beneath the leafy branches of your favourite tree. Strike a modern note with a large table that juxtaposes it’s organic surroundings and keep the look informal with a mix of different seating styles. Serve up playful beverages in icy shot glasses and set the mood with candlelight. Finally, have cozy blankets on hand to keep guests lounging long after the sun goes down.


Left to Right: Sagaform Ice Shot Glass Mold ($6.95) / Verner Throw ($99.99) / Sagaform Shine Tealight Holder ($19.95)

Visual Inventory: New-ish Classics

Jun 21, 2013

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Each month EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, shares culture recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His monthly musings focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online and photography, etc.).


This month’s theme is:






“too old to be new, too new to be classic” – DFA Records tagline coined by founder and LCD Soundsystem frontman, James Murphy.


After too many years of consumable, disposable culture, there is a new wave of people creating with the intention of longevity. The result of their creativity – whether it be music, film, fashion, furniture, architecture or poetry – is too young to be considered a classic, but too good not to mention. Welcome to this month’s blog post featuring my favourite future classics.







FILM / Before Midnight

Like a lot of Richard Linklater’s films, the ‘Before’ series – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and, it’s latest edition, Before Midnight, which released a few weeks ago – are culturally relevant, poignant and simple films that never date themselves. The series honestly illustrates the significance of every moment and the feelings that come from these moments, rather than focus on a strict narrative. These films are an easy, necessary watch.





LITERATURE / Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallaces’ 1996 masterpiece, could already be considered a modern-day classic. Written as a lengthy post-modern fiction spanning many years and characters, and riddled with over 388 end-notes, Infinite Jest is arguably Wallace’s most iconic (and long-winded) book from his short career. If you want to know what it’s about in the fewest words possible, the back cover sums up the book nicely – “A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America.”





ARCHITECTURE / Peter Zumthor

Above is a picture of Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion. The temporary pavilion featured a Swiss meadow enclosed and cut off from surrounding London, bringing a quiet serenity of light, nature and atmosphere to the visitor. Throughout his career, Zumthor has been focused on finding ways to bring the occupant into his world, cutting out the surrounding noise of the world with a subtle, honest and resolved approach.


In a recent interview, Zumthor disclosed his personal and careful position on his work:


“…I need a genuine interest in the project. So if a rich guy comes to me and says ‘I would like a nice house on a ski resort, and money is not a problem, I’d like a nice place for me and my friends to come to stay, could you think about something?’ even though he might be a nice guy or is a nice guy I say No. For me it would mean four years out of my life and for you it is just another weekend house somewhere, so this doesn’t go together.” via Architects Journal


Well deserving of the 2009 Prizker Prize, Zumthor’s buildings from the past twenty years alone are already considered modern-day classics – from the Brother Klaus Field Chapel (my personal favourite) and the Homes for Senior Citizens in Chur, Switzerland, to his most famous, Therme Vals in Vals, Switzerland.





FURNITURE / Mattiazzi

Mattiazzi, a small Italian, family-run furniture manufacturer has existed under the radar for decades, acting primarily as a sub-contractor for other manufacturers. Roughly five years ago, Mattiazzi burst onto the scene with their Branca chair designed by Sam Hecht & Industrial Facility. Utilizing the high-tech machinery that the Mattiazzi family had to offer, Hecht produced an organically shaped solid wood chair, that could be mass produced. Accomplishing something that previously only hand-made furniture could, the Branca chair put the manufacturing process in the spotlight and was one of the first products to highlight the relationship between craftsmanship and technology. The video below shows the interesting design and manufacturing processes that make these overly complex wood chairs possible:



Mattiazzi has since collaborated with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, and Jasper Morrison, ever pushing the limits of manufacturing and furniture design.


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Good Idea: Make Your Own Urbio Centrepiece

Jun 19, 2013

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We’re always on the look-out for new and interesting ways to use Urbio’s vertical garden wall system. So, when we came across these individual place setting centrepieces on Jordan Ferney’s lifestyle and design blog Oh Happy Day, we knew we had to spread the word.



Image Source: Photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day


These potted centrepieces were created for the Oh Happy Day Letterpress Craft Night. The Urbio pots look lovely en mass, lined up in front of a row of classic Eames side chairs. Take Jordan’s cue and fill each pot with a single succulent or plant. Use a variety of plant species to give the table top decor an eclectic feel and to help guests find their seat. For the finishing touch, welcome guests with a little note or place card, tucked neatly inside each pot.


For more photographs of the Urbio decor, and for a full re-cap of the craft event, visit the Oh Happy Day blog.


Now it’s your turn. Share your go-to centrepiece ideas here, in the comment section below.

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