Entries from May 27th, 2014

Thom’s Tour: 7 Things To Do in San Francisco

May 27, 2014

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is based out of the head office in Winnipeg, Canada, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time in San Francisco designing and overseeing renovations of EQ3’s new retail showroom in the Design District. In between long days at his makeshift desk during construction, Thom found time to explore San Francisco’s unique culture scene.


Today, he’s taking us on a virtual tour of his favourite spots in the city.




Over the past few months I have travelled back and forth between San Francisco and Winnipeg frequently during the design and development phases of our new showroom. In each city I visit, I tend to gravitate towards restaurants, cafés, second hand book shops, and art galleries.


San Francisco has a good assortment of all of these and more, so here is a list of 7 of my favourites.



01. Sightglass Coffee

The Sightglass café is within walking distance of our new showroom in the Design District. There a number of really good cafés in San Francisco, including Blue Bottle, and Four Barrel, but Sightglass was my favourite.

Three Locations: Soma District (270 7th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103), Mission District (3014 20th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110), Saturday Farmer’s Market (San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA, 94111)





02. Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery is quite busy in the morning with lineups often out the door. It lives up to the hype. One of the best croissants I’ve ever had.

Location: 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110



03. Huckleberry Bicycles

With such a healthy bike culture, there is no shortage of bike shops in San Francisco. Huckleberry Bicycles is a full service bike shop with a good looking retail front offering a huge variety of products and brands.

Location: 1073 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103





04. Trick Dog

My favourite place to catch a drink in San Francisco. It’s also located just down the street from another restaurant I enjoy – Flour + Water.

Location: 3010 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94114



05. Nopa

Nopa is one of my favourite restaurants in San Francisco. It specializes in organic wood-fired cuisine, in a comforting communal atmosphere.

Location: 560 Divisadero (at Hayes) San Francisco, CA 94117





06. Green Apple Books

It’s second hand book stores like this that really reveal how soulless book shopping at Amazon.com can be. Green Apple Books has a great collection of fiction, non-fiction, art and architecture books.

Location: 506 Clement Street (at 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118



07. Muir Woods

The Muir Woods National Monument made me feel small and insignificant. Being surrounded by giant Redwood trees, hundreds of years old (some thousands), can only make you think of the passing of time while trekking through the woods.

Location: Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road Mill Valley, CA 94941




Image Source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

Music Library: The Bold Italic’s Summertime Playlist

May 26, 2014

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Less than a week to go till the grand opening of EQ3 San Francisco! We’ve got a whole collection of posts planned as we gear up for opening day, including a complete photo tour of the new showroom from concept to construction to completed design. Watch for it Saturday a.m. (pre-opening)!


To get the week off to a good start, we’ve got a San Francisco inspired playlist for you. This one is brought to you by the cool and talented folk over at The Bold Italic (meet the team here), a San Francisco based online magazine, shop and events hub celebrating the free-wheeling spirit of the city! Check out The Bold Italic’s article section here for their candid and witty look at the city. We recommend reading 5 Places You’ll Never See Again in San FranciscoHow Would SF Look If It Had Enough Housing For Everyone and House Paint Jobs That Would Only Fly in SF.


Discover more about SF at http://www.thebolditalic.com. Also find The Bold Italic on Facebook and follow @thebolditalic on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.



PLAYLIST 05.26.2014




01. Verona | Geographer (Taylor)
02. Yuba Diamond | Sandy’s (Ellen)
03. Waterfall | The Fresh & Onlys (Jennifer)
04.  Atlanta | Kelly McFarling (Kyle)
05. Despite What You’ve Been Told | Two Gallants (Isla)
06. Future Primitive | The Papercuts (Melissa)
07. Victory Walker – 2am | Still Flyin’ (Ellen)
08. California | The Aislers Set (Sarah)
09. Kites | Geographer (Taylor)
10. Miss Me? | Luke Sweeney (Max)
11. I Wear Black | Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin (Jennifer)
12. The Vowels, Part 2 | Why? (Jessica)


Album cover art by Paul, EQ3 Graphic Designer


Ps. Keep the celebration going. Enter the #EQ3SF Contest for a chance to win furniture from EQ3!

Contest: #EQ3SF Gallery

May 22, 2014

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We’re so excited for the grand opening of our newest retail showroom: EQ3 San Francisco!


The 12,000 square foot showroom is located in a warehouse in San Francisco’s Design District, and was designed by EQ3’s Creative Director Thom Fougere. Doors will officially open Saturday, May 31st, but we wanted to start the celebration early – with a giveaway!




Starting today, post Instagrams, Tweets and Tweeted Vines about the new showroom, using the hashtag #EQ3SF! Posts will be featured in our live gallery over at EQ3.com, and participants will have a chance to win an EQ3 prize for their home!


We’ve got four prizes to give away over the next 8 weeks: a Solid Teak Wood Stool (Square), a Theo Floor Lamp, a Simone End Table and best of all, a custom upholstered Lawrence Recliner. Each of your posts will count as an entry into the contest, so keep sharing new posts with the contest hashtag to increase your chances to win one of these items. We’ll select one winner every two weeks!



EQ3 Lawrence Recliner (retail value is $999.00 – $1049.00, depending on fabric selection, before taxes)


Help us fill the #EQ3SF gallery. EQ3 will moderate all posts, so please allow a few hours for your Instagram or Tweet to appear in the gallery. Read up on the contest details here. Good luck and let the celebration begin!


Note: Please review the Official Rules and Regulations here for complete details. Campaign ends July 17th. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Florals in Design and Fashion

May 21, 2014

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It’s not unusual to see flowery patterns emerge in Spring, both in fashion and in home design. Just like the real thing, they make an appearance every year. This year was different, though. Florals never really left us. They surprised us with an early start – popping up last year on clothing, furniture and accessories – and continued with us right through the long, cold winter months.


The Unikko poppy pattern from EQ3+ partner Marimekko is a great example of the longevity of florals. The graphic and distinctive poppy print was designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, right after Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia had publicly announced that Marimekko would never print floral patterns. Once Ratia saw the unique poppy design, she immediately included it in Marimekko’s collection. Unikko has remained in production ever since, gaining popularity with each passing decade, and this month marks Unikko’s 50th anniversary!


Enri, EQ3’s Upholstery Product Developer, has been watching and commenting on this flowery trend for months. We’d meet in the office kitchen during the lunch hour, and Enri would point out the latest advertisement or article that he’d discovered.


Today, he’s sharing a few of these inspirational images.



Raf Simons Fall 2013 Capsule Collection for Mr Porter¹


“Fashion dictates trends… usually. This past fall and winter I have observed some fashion brands picking up on floral patterns as a theme for lifestyle photography or on clothing itself. As one can tell, Raf Simons in the capsule collection for Mr Porter has a minimal approach, whereas the spring 2014 circuit campaign by Gucci more of bolder one.


Aspects of fashion are picked up by various industries; therefore it will be interesting to see whether florals will make an appearance in furniture shows later this year or early next year. Floral patterns certainly are not a novelty in furniture. A great example is the classic Marimekko Unikko pattern, which has been around for decades. Well-suited for smaller furniture pieces and accessories, floral patterns could add an aesthetically pleasing, as well as joyful element to our homes, just like flowers naturally do in spring.”  – Enri, Upholstery Product Developer, EQ3



Raf Simons Fall 2013 Capsule Collection for Mr Porter²



Gucci Spring 2014 circuit campaign³




1. Gucci Spring 2014 circuit campaign. Found via Men’s Folio.

2. Raf Simons Fall 2013 Capsule Collection for MR PORTER. Photos by Thomas Brown, Set design by Robert Storey. Found via ViaComIt

3. Raf Simons Fall 2013 Capsule Collection for MR PORTER. Photos by Thomas Brown, Set design by Robert Storey. Found via Trendland.com


Image Sources: credited as shown above

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City at MoMA

May 20, 2014

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NYCxDesign wraps up today! If you have an extra day or two in New York City, check out the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition in the third floor Architecture and Design Galleries at MoMA.


Frank Lloyd Wright is an American architect from the Mid-Century Modern movement best known for his design of the Kaufman House – Fallingwater (1936). Built into the wooded landscape, the home features a low, horizontal design and a series of cantilevered balconies and waterfalls.¹ The home is an example of Wright’s signature style, which focused on natural elements and horizontal lines.


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In contrast to Wright’s efforts to integrate architecture into natural environments, he was also interested in urbanization and the vertical city, experimenting with skyscraper designs and publishing Broadacre City, his plans for the urbanization of America.²


The exhibit – titled Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal – celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and explores Wright’s complex relationship to the city.²


We took in the exhibit last month and were fascinated by the original drawings, models and photographs on display.



Model of Broadacre City, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)


MoMA-Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Exhibit06Model of skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)


MoMA-Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Exhibit08Drawings and photograph of St. Mark’s Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright.



Literature for Broadacre City, Frank Lloyd Wright



Architectural drawings of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Frank Lloyd Wright (Manhattan, NY, 1927–31)



Perspective drawings of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Frank Lloyd Wright (Manhattan, NY, 1927–31)



1. Pile, John F. (2005, 2000). A history of interior design — 2nd. ed. Location: Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

2. MoMA.org, Exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal


The Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal exhibit will be on display at MoMA in New York City until June 1st.

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