Entries from November 20th, 2013

Blogger’s Style: Janis Nicolay from Pinecone Camp

Nov 20, 2013


We’re thrilled to have Janis Nicolay as EQ3’s November Blogger of the Month! Based in Vancouver, Janis is a photographer and prop stylist for designers, architects, and lifestyle magazines across the country (and beyond). Her work appears regularly in publications like Canadian House and Home, Style at HomeWestern LivingCanadian LivingChatelaine and BC Home and Garden. She’s also done international work for publications like Vogue Living Australia and San Francisco based quarterly, Anthology Magazine, as well as contributed to the popular Canadian blog Poppytalk.


On her blog Pinecone Camp, Janis shares her love of mid-century modern design, baking and more. Recently, she partnered with Random House Publishing and Vancouver interior designer turned bakery owner Rosie Daykin to shoot Rosie’s newly released cookbook Butter Baked Goods. So it’s only fitting that when asked what her favourite EQ3 accessory is, Janis chose the Siirtolapuutarha dishware collection from EQ3+ Marimekko.


Janis talked about Siirtolapuutarha on the EQ3 Facebook Page earlier this month. Today, she’s taking us inside her Vancouver home to show us the versatility of these pieces.





“Always a fan of Marimekko, I was happy to find that EQ3 carried so many of their accessories. The Siirtolapuutarha series is my current favourite. I often use the smaller bowls as vases, or to stash spare change and house keys by the front door, and the 1.5L bowl is my fruit bowl these days. The 25cm plate pairs perfectly with the dotted bowl for an easy serving set, and it makes a nice hostess or thank you gift too! What’s really great about this series is that it works well with any decor and colour. That’s my kind of accessory.”  – Janis Nicolay, Pinecone Camp









Image Source: All photographs credited to Janis Nicolay

Canada’s First Active House

Nov 18, 2013

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Great Gulf Active House is a collaboration between Canadian home builder company Great Gulf and Toronto-based architects superkül. Located in Ontario’s Niagara region, Great Gulf is the first residence in Canada to meet the construction metrics outlined by the Danish Active House program. Initiated by a group of European academics, scientists, architects, engineers and building manufacturers, the program promotes a holistic approach to home design, where homes are expected to contribute positively to the health and well-being the environment, as well as the home’s residents.



Front facade of Great Gulf Active House. Images: credit of Great Gulf.



Skylights and windows create naturally light-filled spaces and minimize the need for artificial light.



superkül  is well-versed in sustainable home design, making them a good fit for the project.


“We’ve designed several green homes, but this project presented the exciting opportunity to collaborate with Great Gulf and the Active House Alliance to create a new paradigm for the sustainably-minded and health-conscious homebuyer,” said Andre D’Elia, a Principal at superkül and the lead architect for Great Gulf Active House.




Exterior walls, roof and floor systems were all prefabricated in a Toronto factory.



Their design strategy considered the environmental impact of the entire lifecycle of the home from concept to performance, as well as the impact of the home on its users. The home’s exterior walls, roof and floor systems were prefabricated in Toronto at the Brockport Home Systems factory – a sustainable choice that reduced material waste and energy usage, and that improved construction accuracy and quality. The prefab system was then expedited to the Niagara region, where it was put together on-site in just one week. The home’s innovative and modern construction is a complete departure from the traditional homes in the area; and, that may be what we love most about this Active House. It’s nice to see variety in the suburbs, which is often characterized by homogenous housing.


Great Gulf Active House has a long-list of environmentally-friendly features that optimize natural lighting and air quality. You can read up more on the home’s sustainable features in this article from Tree Hugger.













Image Source: All photographs credited to Great Gulf

Design Library: Weekend Almanac No. 1

Nov 15, 2013

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Design Library Volume 03: Weekend Almanac No. 1

Year: 2013

Category: Periodical, almanac

Curator + Editor: Lauren Ladoceour

Curator + Creative Director: Ali Zeigler

Publisher: Independently published





Now, before the term ‘periodical’ scares you off, allow us to insert a little disclaimer here: Weekend Almanac is no ordinary periodical. This sort of genre usually brings to mind stuffy, old volumes with hard to read text about complex subject matters, but this periodical doesn’t fit any of those molds.


Instead, the first volume of Weekend Almanac is a fast and fun read (we devoured it in one sitting over the lunch hour one Friday afternoon). For a good part of a year, editor Lauren Ladoceour and creative director Ali Zeigler spent their weekends documenting all the fun and creative things people do outside of their 9 to 5 jobs. They collected stories and photographs from artists, writers, designers, and photographers and compiled them into this short, 64 page book.






Broken down into 3 sections – aptly titled FridaySaturday and Sunday – the almanac serves as a playful guide to help you make the most of every single part of your weekend…morning, day and night.


Visuals outweigh text, making it easy to flip through on the fly. Hazy photography and watercolor art have a relaxed feel that’s fitting of the almanac’s weekend theme.  There are even colouring pages for readers to get crafty with on a rainy day. Where text does appear, it’s done so artfully with large, whimsical typography and small, easy-to-digest bits. Approach Weekend Almanac with the same lightness you would a magazine, but collect and care for it like you would your favourite book series.


Read our Interview with Editor Lauren Ladoceour to learn more about the making of this publication.

















The Ladies at Weekend Almanac are currently working on volume No. 2, which is set to be released sometime in March 2014. In the meantime, get your hands on a copy of No. 1 (while you still can!).


Your weekend will thank you.

0##_Shade Lighting Exhibit at Make Coffee

Nov 14, 2013

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We decided to switch up our routine one chilly morning last week. Instead of heading straight to the office, we made our way over to Make / Coffee + Stuff, an espresso bar and retail space located on Winnipeg’s popular Corydon Avenue. Sandwiched between an insurance office and frozen yogurt shop, Make’s outside appearance is small and somewhat unassuming. In fact, a first-time customer popped in during our visit and was shocked to learn the espresso bar had been open for close to a year already. But, don’t let it’s size fool you.


Walk through Make’s front door and you’ll instantly be drawn in by it’s raw, architectural design and wonderful aroma. And, thanks to the ever-changing design exhibits and events on rotation at Make, the space’s interior design feels like it’s constantly evolving.



0##_Shade International Competition lighting exhibit at Make / Coffee + Stuff (Winnipeg, Canada).



The shop’s founder and owner, Jae-Sung Chon, has a long list of design creds, making the events and exhibitions he hosts, all the more meaningful. In addition to running Make, Jae is the founder, partner and creative director at STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Form), as well as a teacher in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He also led the Migrating Landscape entry to the Venice Biennale along with 5468796 Architecture Inc. and was selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.


Jae’s strong ties to the design industry across Canada and abroad, and his simple offering of quality espresso and coffee make for a unique experience. It’s fostering engagement between the public and the design community, something that’s rarely seen in Winnipeg – or anywhere, for that matter.








On this particular visit, we were going for 0##_Shade (the Shade International Competition lighting exhibit), but found ourselves with a warm cuppa’ in hand, caught up in conversation with Jae. After being sufficiently caffeinated, we grabbed our camera and did a walk-through of the space. Lighting designs selected as Finalists in the competition were suspended at various heights from the ceiling of the long, narrow space. We weren’t sure what impressed us more about 0##_Shade – the fantastic designs on display or the impressive A-list of industry professionals Jae had brought in to judge the competition.


On the panel was Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel of Omer Arbel Office, Toronto design curators/retailers John Baker and Julie Daoust of MJOLK, Winnipeg industrial designer and EQ3 Creative Director Thom Fougere of Thom Fougere Studio, Toronto editorial director Nelda Rodger of Azure Magazine, Berlin industrial designers Philipp Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo, and Tokyo-based architect Jun Shibata of Kengo wKuma and Associates.


These wooden light fixtures (pictured below) by locals Karen Hare and Jason Hare were Thom’s favourites from the competition. You can read up more on Karen and Jason’s lighting designs in last week’s Remodelista blog post The Fire within: A Wood Pendant Light with Charred Interior.




Jury Award selected by Nelda Rodger (Azure Magazine) and by Thom Fougere (Thom Fougere Studio) / Design by Karen Hare + Jason Hare, Winnipeg, Canada






Make-Coffee-Shade04Jury Award selected by John Baker and Juli Daoust (MJOLK) / Design (pictured in forefront) by Renee Struthers, Winnipeg, Canada



Jury Award selected by Omer Arbel (OAO) / Design (pictured right) by Brandon Bergem + Juliana Kusyk, Winnipeg, Canada



Jury Award selected by Philipp Schopfer and Daniel  Klapsing  (45 Kilo) / Design by Fumio Hirakawa + Marina Topunova (24º Studio), Kobe, Japan



Thanks Jae for a great morning out! Visit Makecoffee.ca to stay on top of the latest design happenings at Make / Coffee + Stuff.

Playing Favourites II: Geometry (Textures) on at Design Exchange

Nov 12, 2013

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Geometric forms have emerged as a strong design trend in recent years, crossing creative disciplines like industrial, interior and graphic design, as well as art and architecture, but this growing trend actually uses basic design elements and principles that have been around for ages.




Canada’s Design Museum, the Design Exchange (DX) is exploring this theme with their newest exhibition titled Playing Favourites II: Geometry (Textures).  The Design Exchange asked some of the nation’s best architects and designers about the Canadian structures, graphics and objects that interest them most from the DX permanent collection of post war and contemporary Industrial Design.


The result is a collection of Canadian works – both old and new – exploring shape, point, line, pattern and tactility. The exhibition highlights the processes, materials, sensations and elements of design, and includes designs by Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin, Michal Maciej Bartosik, Frank Gehry, Castor, Tobias Wong, Jonathan Sabine, Patty Johnson, Robin Bush, Zoe Mowat, Stefan Siwinski and more.



Les Ailes Noires (2012), Steel. Designer: +tongtong



Amateur Masters Chair (2012), Polycaprolactone wax. Designer: Jerszy Seymour



Left: Abstraction Tapestry (2010), Merino wool. Designer: Philippe Malouin / Right: Wiggle Chair (1972), Cardboard. Designer: Frank Gehry


Geometry (Textures) is on now through January 3, 2014 at the Design Exchange. If you plan on taking in the event, EQ3’s Creative Director Thom Fougere has a few suggestions for designers to check out: Castor, Tobias Wong, Zoe Mowat and Patty Johnson.


And, for more design visuals around this theme, check out EQ3’s new ‘Geometry’ Pinterest Board.

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