Toronto Design Week Dinner + Make Your Own Marimekko Napkins

Feb 4, 2014

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Last month, we hosted an intimate dinner and discussion at the EQ3 flagship store in Liberty Village. The idea came together simply out of opportunity: EQ3’s own Creative Director Thom Fougere was going to be in town for Toronto Design Week, as were Marimekko’s Ceramics Designer Sami Ruotsalainen and Herman Miller’s Senior Sales Manager Lisa Hubbs. A small group of local and national design journalists were invited to attend the event, and we were thrilled to round out the guest list with Arren Williams (Creative Director Home) and Michael Pinet (Buyer Furniture) from Hudson’s Bay. Not only are they one of the most historic and well-loved brands in the country, Hudson’s Bay houses an EQ3 gallery within many of their Canadian stores!




Thom started the night off with a tour of our flagship store. The group was shown new offerings from the EQ3+ Herman Miller line, including the Mirra 2 Chair and a special sneak peek at two Navy Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs (the first of these newly reformulated chairs to come to Canada). Following the tour, everyone sat down for a delicious meal catered by Parts + Labour, and a discussion about the current state of Canadian design and what the future holds. The group also talked about the EQ3+ line, and how iconic brands such as Marimekko and Herman Miller complement EQ3 product. Marimekko adds colour and vibrancy to our stores with their boldly patterned goods, and Herman Miller completes our room settings with their classic designs.


The dinner took place around one large communal dining table comprised of two EQ3 Harvest Tables. White Eames Molded Plastic Chairs lined each side and the new Navy Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs took pride of place at the head of the table. The table was set with our Partake Flatware, a selection of EQ3 Basics glassware and the Oiva side plate (one of Sami’s ceramic designs for Marimekko). To finish off each place setting, we had dinner napkins sewn specially for the event using fabric from EQ3’s Marimekko shop in shop.


Read on for easy 3-step instructions to this DIY project.









Making your own dinner napkins is easier than you think. All you need for this project are some basic sewing skills and a few metres of your favourite fabric!


Materials + Supplies: 


Fabric (we used Marimekko’s Jurmo in heavy weight cotton)

Spool of thread (we used blue to coordinate with our fabric)

Sewing machine with serger attachment






Step 1: Measure and cut fabric into a 19″ x 19″ square piece.





Step 2: Serge the edges of the square piece to prevent fabric from fraying.





Step 3: Sew a 1/2″ seam on all four sides of fabric. Finished size of napkin should be 18″ square.





And, that’s it! Just repeat the process until you have the desired number of napkins.


Thinking of trying this project? We’d love to see it.

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