Entries from June 18th, 2014

Work Crush: Ashley Werbel

Jun 18, 2014

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Inhabit wants to introduce you to the staff that work hard to make your EQ3 store visits great. We spotlight one store employee each month. Get the deets on their role in the company, learn fun facts about them and discover which EQ3 furniture or accessory product they’re currently crushing on.


Today, we’re heading southwest to join Ashley in sunny California!


Employee: Ashley Werbel

Store: EQ3 Emeryville

Job Title: Lead Designer

Years at EQ3: 2.5



EQ3 Clyo Chaise in Marimekko Frekvenssi fabric


Ashley’s Work Crush:


“I love the clean lines of the EQ3 Clyo Chaise. It is such a versatile and classic piece that could be used almost anywhere – as an accent piece in a living room, bedroom, reading nook or even a walk-in-closet. The Clyo looks especially great upholstered in the Marimekko Frekvenssi fabric. It pairs well with the chaise’s clean lines yet keeps it fresh, edgy and modern.”  – Ashley


Fun Facts about Ashley:


When not consumed by design and furniture, Ashley likes playing outside in the warm California sunshine, practicing cool nail art and hanging out in her Oakland loft with cats Kage and Rikki.



The Clyo Chaise can be custom upholstered in any of EQ3’s fabric options. Make this crush yours here.

#YYC’s Sled Island Music and Arts Festival

Jun 13, 2014

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Like many cities in the Canadian Prairies, Calgary’s downtown area is more populated by cars than it is by people. Inspired by the street life generated out east during Pop Montreal, former music venue owner Zak Pashak founded Sled Island (2007), an annual music & arts festival.


The festival is less than a decade old, but don’t let it’s young age fool you! Sled Island has already been named one of 14 music festivals to check out in North America by Time Magazine.




Pashak’s goal for the festival was to break down the barriers between different businesses, music fans and age groups, and to fill the downtown core with as many different types of people as possible. And he’s done just that. The festival now takes over 35+ venues and features a wide variety of music, film, art, comedy and more. There’s something for everyone – some of it familiar, and some of it new and waiting to be discovered!




EQ3 Calgary is excited to return as a community partner of Sled Island. Festival pass holders will receive 15% off all regular priced items from EQ3 Calgary (offer excludes Herman Miller) during the festival. Plus, those who purchase their pass by June 15th can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 EQ3 Credit.


“With pretty much all of the venues a short bike ride away, and with a festival wristband, you can see as little or as much of the festival as you want,” says Dom Adam, EQ3 Calgary’s Store Manager. “You can plan out all of your shows at SledIsland.com, which lets you build a custom schedule, or you can just wing it and maybe see some acts that you’ve never heard of. Chances are you’ll meet some good new people and see some good bands.”






You can get the full 2014 festival schedule here, but first, check out these Sled Island show recommendations from Dom!



01. Sled Island Kick-Off Party at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage



02. Shaani Cage (at Central United Church)

03. Rhye (at Central United Church)

04. Disappears (at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)

05. Young Braised (at Local 510)

06. PS I Love You (at Broken City)



07. Get To Know: Calgary (at The Palomino)

08. East Village Block Party curated by The HiFi Club

09. Chelsea Wolfe (at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)

10. Royal Canoe (at The Palomina)

11. Killer Mike (at Republik)

12. Old Man Markley (at Ship & Anchor)



13. Joel Plaskett Emergency curated by The Sport Network’s (TSN’s) Dave Hodge (at Flames Central)

14. Blitzen Trapper (at Olympic Plaza)

15. Neko Case (at Olympic Plaza)



16. Touché Amoré (at #1 Legion – Downstairs)

17. St. Vincent (at Flames Central)

18. Rocket From the Crypt (at Olympic Plaza)

19. Spiritualized (at Olympic Plaza)

20. Shannon and the Clams (at The Palomino) *One of the best shows I saw in 2012

21. Bob Mould (at Republik)

22. Jay Arner (Saturday at Tubby Dog, or Friday at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)



23. Pig Roast (at Republik) *Yes, there is an actual pig roast on Sunday that’s free at the Republik Bar.


Image Source: Photographs used with permission by Sled Island


Sled Island runs from Wednesday June 18th to Sunday June 22nd, 2014. Visit Sledisland.com for more details and to purchase your festival pass. Purchase by Sunday, June 15th and you can enter to win a $1,000 EQ3 Credit.

Introducing: Anchler

Jun 13, 2014

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Designed in-house, EQ3’s new Anchler entertainment and storage collection was inspired by the possibilities of simplicity in form, function and material.


Each piece is constructed of solid wood and American white oak, and finished with a natural sealer to bring out the wood’s natural variation in colour and pattern. The collection includes a coffee table, bookcase, sideboard and media storage unit – all of which have been pared down to only the essential design details.







Prop your feet or a drink on the Anchler Coffee Table. It’s smaller scale works well with sectional sofas.



The Anchler Bookcase features a versatile open back design, allowing it to double as a room divider.



Hide house clutter with the Anchler Sideboard and Media Storage Unit.





Shop EQ3’s Anchler Collection in-store or online at EQ3.com.

EQ3 San Francisco: The Bloggers Tell All

Jun 12, 2014

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We were thrilled to partner with three of San Francisco / Oakland’s top design bloggers to spread the word about our new EQ3 San Francisco retail showroom. Victoria Smith from SF Girl by the Bay, Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34, and Gabrielle Blair from DesignMom all stopped by the showroom before the official launch to see and photograph the space.


New store openings are a busy and exciting time for EQ3 staff, and sometimes we’re too immersed in our work to take it all in. So it’s been really fun for us to see EQ3 SF in a new way, through the eyes of these talented bloggers! Each captured the showroom in their own personal way. Victoria described her interaction with the showroom’s design, and the feeling of being in a modern art gallery. Erin wrote about her first encounter with EQ3, back when she was searching for smaller scale furniture for her former condo in Seattle (the original apartment #34). And Gabrielle reminisced about the Marimekko fabric in her childhood home.


Read all 3 posts here:


SF Girl by the Bay posted: Welcome to San Francisco, EQ3



Image by Cindy Loughridge for sfgirlbybay.com



Apartment 34 posted: Retail Therapy: EQ3 Comes to San Francisco



Image by Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34



Design Mom posted: EQ3



Image by Gabrielle Blair for Design Mom


Many thanks to Victoria + Cindy, Erin + Aubrie, and Gabrielle for the beautiful features.


Image Source: credited as shown above

Introducing: Stride Double Sleeper Sofa

Jun 11, 2014

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Small spaces will love the clean and multifunctional design of EQ3’s new Stride Double Sleeper Sofa.




The Stride Sofa slides open into a double bed with an easy-to-use mechanism, instantly transforming any space into sleeping quarters for guests. Stationary castors keep the mechanism hidden at all times, offering a cleaner aesthetic and greater flexibility with furniture placement. Designed with a cubic form, and customizable with any one of EQ3’s upholstery fabric options, the Stride Sleeper Sofa is every bit as versatile as the multipurpose rooms it was intended for!






The Stride Sleeper is available now in-stores, as well as online at EQ3.com.

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