Entries from April 20th, 2014

How To: Design with EQ3’s Blanche Sofa

Apr 20, 2014

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We love the Blanche room display that’s been greeting guests inside EQ3 stores this season. It’s warm, comfortable and inviting, and designed to fit into any environment.

 

Modern loft? Traditional two-storey? Summer cottage? Absolutely!

 

EQ3’s Visual Team worked long and hard to get this room setting just right, and we wanted to know how they did it. So we’ve asked Cliff, EQ3 Winnipeg’s Visual Coordinator, to show us how he created this relaxed, modern vignette – from initial sketches to final design! Take it away Cliff…

 

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To introduce the Blanche collection, EQ3’s Visual Team wanted to do something special and playful, yet simple and relaxed. The design of Blanche effortlessly balances comfort, simplicity and style; consequently, my goal was to present the collection in a room that looked neither bare nor cluttered.

 

Although, stylistically, the collection is an unique introduction to the EQ3 upholstery range, it seamlessly pairs with many of our other products. The Blanche Sofa’s Belgian linen slipcover is complemented particularly well by designs that use natural oak and marble materials, such as the Custom End and Custom Coffee Tables. It also pairs well with our Reclaimed Teak Coffee Table and Plasma Unit, Simone End Table, and Tessa Mod Shelving. Personally, I enjoy a room with various materials and silhouettes that complement each other, but if you are unsure of what woods will work well together, marble is always a great finish to integrate with existing wood pieces.

 

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Sketch drawn by Cliff during initial concept development

 

When proposing in-store displays, creativity is required to capture a series of distinct moments while delineating different rooms from one another. Unlike your home, stores often lack walls or architectural elements that serve to frame our living spaces. For these reasons, I decided to use a sculptural selection of brand new lighting and chairs as a scrim to stop the eye. This idea developed from an early sketch, until it was translated into three dimensions with real product.

 

By juxtaposing the dark, modern designs with the texture of linen, natural oak and marble, we created a room that could easily be integrated into any home. Similar techniques can be helpful in the home by using existing architecture to your advantage, strategically placing artwork and furniture to frame the space, and integrating various materials, colours and textures for added visual interest.

 

By offsetting the Custom Coffee Table and Corfu Rug from one another I was able to increase circulation space, while showcasing the graphic pattern of the handwoven rug. The final step in this vignette was introducing a selection of exciting, new accessories.

 

Overall, the Blanche Sofa is the perfect new addition for spring.

 

 

Shop this look:

 

Blanche Sofa ($1,999.00) / Micah Floor Lamp (129.99) / Custom Coffee Table, Oak Top ($499.00) / Corfu Wool Rug ($299.99) / Milan Throw ($39.99) / Tessa Mod Shelves (price based on configuration) / EQ3+ Marimekko Haiku Mug ($20.00) / Coast Marble Bowl ($49.99) / EQ3+ Sagaform Oval Oak Wine Carafe ($34.95) / EQ3+ Sagaform Herb Pot ($24.95) / EQ3+ Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Bowl ($29.50)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2014

Apr 18, 2014

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and EQ3’s got gifts that Mom and her home are sure to love.

 

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Head to your local EQ3 retail store or shop online at EQ3.com for everything from hardworking kitchen utensils to easy going arm chairs, and everything in between. There’s a gift for every budget! But with so many options to choose from, we thought you could use a little help. That’s where EQ3’s Visual Team comes in.

 

Today, Brenna and Cliff are sharing their favourite Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2014.

 

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Brenna’s picks:

 

Duplex duvet set in red/white
Flirt, Stripe and Kayak paper napkins
Herb Scissors
Shadow Vase

 

Cliff’s picks:

 

Anything from the Coast marble collection, including the bowl and the cake stand
EQ3+ Sagaform Birdie carafe in blue and grey (currently available in-store only)
Milan Throw in grey

 

And, when all else fails, an EQ3 gift card won’t!

 

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Pssst. EQ3’s Mother’s Day promo starts today! Save 20% off EQ3’s Karbon Chair & Ottoman with stationary or swivel base in any fabric or leather. Offer valid now until Mother’s Day.

Inhabit Turns One!

Apr 16, 2014

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The EQ3 Inhabit blog turns 1 today! It seems like just yesterday we were hitting the publish button on our first blog post, and yet here we are celebrating a year’s worth of posts. We’ve enjoyed so many wonderful experiences along the way: interviewing Canadian designers, learning new crafts and creative processes, discovering new design books, and listening to great music.

 

Milestones, like this, are a great opportunity to look back and see where you’ve come from – detours, progress and all. We’ve compiled a selection of favourite posts from the last 12 months, and would love for you to take a look through the list, and get to know Inhabit a little better.

 

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But first… we want to send a big shout out to Cake-ology for supplying us with this amazing 3-tiered, frosted chocolate cake. Known for their beautifully decorate cakes, Cake-ology is a great local bakery located in Winnipeg’s The Exchange District.

 

 

The Craft:

 

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Interior Prop Styling with Covet Magazine

Making Artisan Ice Cream with Cornell Creme

The Artist’s Life with Kal Barteski

Block Printing in India

Woodworking with Karen and Jason Hare

 

 

Interviews:

 

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Lauren from Weekend Almanac

Valentin from 2213 inc.

Janine Vangool from Uppercase

Carla Zacharias from EQ3

Alyssa Yuhas from welikewelove

Lane Delmonico Gibson

Joe Kalturnyk from RAW:almond

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Tiffany MacKay, EQ3 Calgary’s Shop at Home Consultant

 

 

Design Library:

 

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The Human Scale

An Eames Primer

Weekend Almanac No. 1

A Visual Inventory

Pin-Up Interviews

Handcrafted Modern

Creative Block

 

 

Music Library:

 

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This Album was Manufactured in a Facility Which Contained Peanuts

The Best is Yet to Come

Bringing the Heat

Digital Mixtape

Nils Vik Listens to Music 

Thom’s Tunes

 

 

Reader Favourites – Top 12 in 12 Months:

 

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Introducing: Eve

The Craft: The Artist’s Life with Kal Barteski

Canada’s First Active House

Warming Huts 2014

The 2013-2014 Catalogue Is Here

How To: Shop for an Area Rug

Introducing: Reclaimed Teak Bedroom

Blogger’s Style: Marie-Ève Best from Lake Jane

The RAW:almond Experience

Eames Design Event Photo Montage

Design Library: An Eames Primer

Blogger’s Style: Christine from Just Bella

 

 

Thanks to all of our collaborators who helped make this first year such a great one! We’re excited to work with more talented creatives over the next year!

Design Library: Creative Block

Apr 11, 2014

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Design Library Volume 07: Creative Block

Year: 2014

Category: Art

Author: Danielle Krysa

Artworks + Photographs: by individual, featured artists (unless otherwise noted)

Publisher: Chronicle Books, LLC

 

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There’s no shame in admitting that you have creative blocks. Everyone does, including Danielle Krysa, a Canadian artist, graphic designer and blogger living in Vancouver. She had a successful career as a graphic designer and creative director, but found herself lacking confidence as an artist. She would see others’ artwork, and quickly self-doubt and jealous comparisons would set in. 

 

In an effort to kick this creative block, Danielle started The Jealous Curator: an art blog that turns her jealous “I wish I thought of that” reaction into something positive. Each day, she shares a post about contemporary art that inspires her / makes her jealous (in a good way!), and now instead of being paralyzed by comparisons, Danielle is inspired to head to the studio herself!

 

For her first book, Creative Block (2014), Danielle interviewed 50 successful artists from around the world to find out how they handle their own creative hurdles.

 

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Featured Artist / Author: Danielle Krysa

 

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Featured Artist: Jen Gotch (Page 98 – 103)

 

The series of interviews that make up this 288 page paperback give an honest and authentic look at an industry that’s often known for outward egos and hidden insecurities. Creative Block presents a mix of internationally known artists and emerging talent, revealing how both established and new artists alike respond to questions about their art, self-worth and success. The featured artists open up about their own creative blocks, what they do when they’re feeling stuck, and how they handle criticism (both from themselves and from others).

 

The book combines contemporary art images with inspiring words, tips and advice for getting unstuck on artistic projects and discovering new ideas. Each interview concludes with a challenge from the artist – a Creative unBlock Project to help readers overcome creative blocks and get inspired.

 

If you’re at all creative (or admire those who are), then this book is for you!

 

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Featured Artist: Arian Behzadi (Page 12 – 17)

 

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Featured Artist: Amanda Happé (Page 108 – 113)

 

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Featured Artist: Julia Pott (Page 256 – 261)

 

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Featured Artist: Trey Speegle (Page 74 – 79)

 

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Featured Artist: Ruan Hoffman (Page 120 – 125)

 

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Featured Artist: Ashley Goldberg (Page 240 – 243)

 

Interviews to Check Out:

 

Lisa Golightly (Page 42 – 47), Anthony Zinonos (Page 48 – 53), Matthias Heiderich (Page 54 – 59), Amanda Happé (Page 108 – 113), Leah Giberson (Page 126 – 131), Hollie Chastain (Page 138 – 143), Julia Rothman (Page 144 – 149), Ashley Goldberg (Page 240 – 243), Julia Pott (Page 256 – 261)

 

Follow Danielle at thejealouscurator.com/blog for daily posts about the artwork she’s currently loving.

The Story Behind Marimekko’s Tablecloths + an In-store Event

Apr 9, 2014

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When it comes to patterns and textiles, Marimekko is in a league of their own. Their highly coveted fashion and home goods are timeless – a constant in the design industry and instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the brand.

 

Take for example Unikko (poppy), Marimekko’s most iconic pattern. Designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, Unikko reflected an easy-going and positive attitude, and became an instant success. Its popularity has continued to climb over the past 50 years, and today Unikko’s graphic and distinctive design is so closely intertwined with the brand that it acts almost as a symbol of Marimekko.

 

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There is a lot of history wrapped up in Marimekko products, and this is especially true for their tablecloths. With proper care, they are meant to last for many years, to be passed down from one family member to another. In an effort to preserve a tablecloth’s design history as it changes hands, Marimekko traditionally hems the ends of their tablecloths, leaving the sides with a raw, un-hemmed edge. The white salvage left visible on each side notes the print designer’s name, name of the print, year it was designed, and material and care instructions. In this way, future generations will be able to know and celebrate the history of their tablecloth.

 

Check out EQ3’s curated selection of Marimekko fabrics at EQ3.com. Fabrics are available in-store at EQ3 locations featuring a Marimekko shop in shop, and are sold by the metre, ready to be transformed into amazing accessories for the home. Don’t have time for sewing projects? That’s okay! Many of our shop in shops work with an in-house seamstress who will turn your fabric into drapery, toss cushions, tablecloths, or anything else you can dream up.

 

This Saturday, select EQ3 Marimekko shop in shops will be hosting a special in-store Tablecloth Event. Purchase your favorite Marimekko fabric by the meter and they’ll sew you a rectangle or square tablecloth for free! Tablecloths can be sewn in true Marimekko style (ie. leaving the two sides un-hemmed) or in more typical fashion (ie. all four sides hemmed).

 

Also, starting Thursday, save 25% off all Marimekko Fabric in the shop. Sale ends Monday, April 14th.

 

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Event runs Saturday, April 12 from noon until 3pm local time.

Participating EQ3 Marimekko Shop in Shops: Toronto – Hanna, Toronto – King Street, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Emeryville CA.

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