Entries from October 16th, 2014

Visual Inventory: Fall 2014

Oct 16, 2014

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is back to share cultural recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His Visual Inventory posts focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online, photography, etc.).


This month’s theme is:






I’ve heard rumblings over the years about Richard Linklater’s secret long-term film project now titled Boyhood. Of course hearing about and speculating about a work of art over a long period of time raises the expectations to a level that is almost unattainable. If anything, boyhood was able to surpass these unreasonable expectations. You can read about it, watch a trailer, but nothing compare to just watching it for the first time. I’ll leave it at that.



Olafur Eliasson - giant landscape



I’m always intrigued by what Olafur Eliasson has to say. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a wide range of his work in different cities and gallery’s over the past year or so, but this new installation at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one I really wish I was able to experience in person. This time Eliasson has filled an entire wing of the museum with a landscape of rocks in order to simulate an indoor riverbed. Quite striking in photos, I’m sure experiencing the installation is something else.






Sometimes artists or photographers are able to capture a single gesture with such simplicity, the amount of work and rigour it takes to get to that point vanishes. Exobiotanica perfects this. I viewed the set of images put together by Makoto Azuma out of context, but was slowly able to place the pieces together to understand the beautiful simplicity of the work. You can read about the process, and view more images here.






I often find myself captivated by the ugly, or misinterpreted. Upon first listen to Adult Jazz, it is hard to see beyond the the ugly and peculiar side of their music. It takes a few listens to completely unravel their tracks, but their music becomes that much more rewarding over time. The best I can describe their sound is the Dirty Projectors with an accent.






The third volume of Mjolk was released earlier this year in the Spring. John and Juli, good friends and owners of Mjolk, release their Mjolk publication on a yearly basis and visit a variety of craftspeople mostly in the Scandinavia and Japan regions. Volume 3, their best so far in my opinion, visits one of my favourite architects Terunobu Fujimori in Japan, potter Renaud Sauve in Quebec, and break down Minoru Oya’s coffee ceremony.

Introducing: The Winston Collection

Oct 14, 2014

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There is something intriguing about buttons.

Perhaps it is that buttons transform a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional texture. Although every pull and every button seem to look the same, they are all slightly different, not generated with sterile perfection but pulled by hand. The result lends to a pattern with aleatoric order, and testimonies of the art of craftsmanship, and the skilled craftsman himself, that patiently connected strings, strips, squares and buttons to form Winston.





Winston Queen Bed in Jet Leaf Fabric



Winston Queen Bed with High Headboard in Jet Leaf Fabric


“The details are not the details. They make the Design” Charles Eames.


Details are intentional and have a purpose, some technical, some esthetic, some both. The cover for example, that drapes over the rails and foot board serves the technical purpose to seamlessly connect them; At the same time it is meant to be pleasing to the eye. The headboard details can be observed from a couple of meters away focusing on the continuous pattern, or from a close distance. Winston is meant to integrate itself into the orchestra of intentional and unintentional details that surround people; the folds on the duvet cover; the art on the wall; the objects on the nightstand and their coincidental composition.



Cover detail seamlessly connecting foot and side rails


Last but not least Winston is an homenage to inspiring icons such as the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe and the chesterfield sofa which have sustainably shaped the furniture landscape since their introduction.


If you would like to know more about Winston, we encourage you to visit one of our Stores ore on our Website here.

Generation Art Launch Event

Oct 9, 2014

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Now in its second round, EQ3 has developed a limited edition product line in support of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Generation Art, featuring winning artwork submitted by seven emerging Canadian artists of all ages. The winning pieces were selected from hundreds of entries that reflected on the theme Celebrating Canadian Diversity.


Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee,  Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee, Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Just a few weeks ago on September 23rd, EQ3 launched Generation Art with a special event that took place at EQ3’s Flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village. EQ3 flew in all winning artists from all corners of Canada to Toronto for a 4-day trip for two to attend the launch event and enjoy the local sites.


All seven Generation Art contributing artists

All seven Generation Art contributing artists


Artists got the chance to meet one another and check out how EQ3 reinterpreted their work for the new product line.




FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton

FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton


EQ3 President and CEO Peter Teilmann with FMJF Co-Founder Jean Daniel Lafond

EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann with FMJF Co-Founder and Co-Chair Jean-Daniel Lafond.


EQ3’s Peter Tielmann and FMJF’s Jean-Daniel Lafond addressed media, winners and special guests with a warm welcome and encouraged those in attendance to purchase a Generation Art gift that gives back this holiday season.




This year, Generation Art is made up of pillows, ottomans, beanbags, paper napkins, ceramics mugs and serving platters.




Generation Art is available now at the EQ3 flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village – 3-51 Hanna Avenue. Look for the line at all Canadian locations and online at EQ3.com December 1, 2014.


All proceeds raised from the sale of the product line will be reinvested into FMJF’s programs for underserved youth. Learn more about Generation Art and EQ3’s commitment to the Michaëlle Jean Foundation here.


Freebie: Printable October Calendar

Oct 2, 2014

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October’s free printable planner showcases the newest member of the EQ3 upholstery family. Oskar is classic yet modern, with a removable slipcover for easy cleaning. Available in both fabric and leather, choose from over 130 cover options for a look to suit your space.


Click here to download and print the October Monthly Planner.


Feature Image: Oskar Loveseat in leather


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.



Introducing: The Oskar Collection

Oct 2, 2014

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After some time, effort and careful refinement, we would like to introduce our latest upholstery collection.


Oskar was designed for people that appreciate a classic modern sofa typology. The sofa consists of an upholstered hardwood and engineered wood frame, generously padded with foam and covered in fabric or leather. The body holds four cushions – two for the seat and two for the back. The cushions are constructed of a number of high resiliency foams with different densities and softness’s for optimal comfort. The sum of elements results in a balanced and grounded appearance that can easily integrate itself into various environments.



Oskar Sofa in Jet Shade fabric and Black Ash Legs







Oskar Chair in Jet Shade with Walnut Legs



Oskar Ottoman in Jet Shade with Black Ash Legs


Besides clarity and simplicity in design, functionality was very important in the development of Oskar. It is available in 16 distinct components with a vast amount of sectional configuration options as well as standalone pieces. All covers are removable and therefore easy to clean. Separate covers will be available for purchase in spring 2015.



Oskar Sectional consisting of Left Hand Facing Sofa Split and Right Hand Facing Sofa in Polo Slate and Walnut Legs





Oskar Arm and Seat Crowning Detail



Oskar Sofa Removable Cover Detail


So, if you have a bunch of crazy cats, spaghetti spilling kids or live in a small, big or anything in between space, Oskar may be the perfect fit for you. For more info sit, lay, measure, etc. it in one of our Stores or look it up online here.

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