Entries from February 6th, 2014

Introducing: New Dining Pieces for Spring 2014

Feb 6, 2014

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New items from the Spring 2014 Collection are continuing to make their way into stores and our online store. Our latest dining pieces are constructed with natural materials like solid wood, raw marble and soft linen. The new designs have a warm and comfortable feel, making them versatile and easy to personalize. Paired with the right accessories, these pieces fit into a city condo and modern cottage, alike.

 

We sat down with Madi, EQ3′s Casegoods Product Developer, this morning to talk about the new dining tables and chairs we’re introducing today. Look for her product commentary below each image.

 

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Farmhouse Table

 

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The Farmhouse Dining Table features solid white oak construction and rustic details that are reminiscent of the traditional country table. Clean lines keep the look modern, while irregularities in the wood enhance the table’s natural appeal.

 

“The development of this table began with the material – using long planks of solid wood to create an elegant surface for dining. A lot of time was spent working on proportions for the table to look refined yet feel comfortable.”  - Madi

 

 

Mesa Table

 

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The Mesa Dinette Table, designed by Berlin-based studio 45 Kilo, combines a simple profile with modern details and quality materials. The table’s round solid marble top and unique iron sheet metal legs maximize seating – perfect for small-spaced apartments and condos.

 

“We met 45 Kilo at the Milan Salone in 2012 and loved their pieces. Working with them has been such a great experience. They’re so talented and have an interesting perspective on design – most notably their use of materials and form.”  - Madi

 

 

Kendall Table

 

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The Kendall Dining Table gives traditional dining an updated aesthetic with modernized proportions and a solid reclaimed teak top. Each top is one of a kind and features natural variations in colour and pattern. Two size options offer flexibility to accommodate any home or budget.

 

“With Kendall we worked to create a base that would almost fade into the background of a room, and that could carry a really elegant top. We kept a one inch dimension for the metal tube base, which lead to the cross base detail, designed to provide stability.”  - Madi

 

 

Len Dining Chair

 

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The Len Dining Chair features a solid ash frame with molded back rest and grey upholstered seat.

 

“This is one of my favorite dining chairs in our collection – we worked with Canadian designer Richard Trory, who had been building the prototype of this chair on his own. During the EQ3 sampling stage, we added in the upholstered seat for added comfort.”  - Madi

 

 

Lyla Chair

 

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The Lyla Side Chair and Arm Chair boast a charming, classic design that’s perfect for dining and occasional use. The chair is constructed of rubberwood, and comes in two styles (side chair and arm chair) and four colour options (red, white, grey wash and black) for added personality.

 

Lyla’s design was inspired by the classic Scandinavian Windsor Chair. I especially love the armchair (not shown), as I think it has an interesting form and comfort.”  - Madi

 

 

Frances Chair

 

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The Frances Chair is one of EQ3′s most comfortable dining chairs, thanks to a curved back rest and soft linen upholstery. Solid oak legs lend a rustic and wholesome feel to the design.

 

“We are excited to offer natural linen on our Frances and Altoh Chairs.”  - Madi

 

 

All of these new dining pieces are available now in store and online now at EQ3.com. Love these designs, but not sure how to bring them into your home? Set up a free in-home consultation with an EQ3 designer.

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!

 

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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.

 

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DIY: MARIMEKKO DINNER NAPKIN

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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Freebie: Printable February Planner

Feb 1, 2014

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The February monthly planner is now available for download. This month’s calendar introduces EQ3′s new Mesa Dinette Table, designed by Phillip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo. We’ll be talking more about Mesa and the guys behind its design in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check it out online at EQ3.com!

 

Click here to download and print the February Monthly Planner.

 

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Featured Image: Mesa Dinette Table

 

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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