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Phillip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo

Feb 13, 2014

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Get to know the guys behind EQ3’s new Mesa Dinette Table!

 

Phillip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing, the Berlin-based designers behind the 45 Kilo moniker, are self proclaimed “super normal people” who have an innate understanding of the type of furniture people want to live with. Folding together woods, metals, stone and copper into uncomplicated shapes, their aesthetic is striking but not flashy, current but not trendy, and is helping them make a name for themselves with their concise line of furniture and lighting. They cite functionality as their main inspiration and will often spend months re-building the same piece in their workshop until they strip away everything but the essentials.

 

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Portrait of Philip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo

 

This traditionally Modernist approach to design could stem back to their education at the Bauhaus University. The Modernist breeding ground, often described as the birthplace of Modernsim, was founded by Walter Gropius and later headed by Mies van der Rohe. Since its initial closure in 1933 the school has gone through a variety of incarnations and focuses. Today the school acts as an incubator for creativity, encouraging exploration beyond the confines of strict Modernism.

 

However, as the building itself is a relic of the pre-war Modernist heyday, it is impossible to ignore the schools founding principles ingrained into its architecture. According to Daniel, “studying at the Bauhaus-University forces you to regard your own body of work in the wider context of art and design history. Somehow being there motivates you to create things that will last longer than yourself and that will have a certain impact.” The two designers, who describe their process as “putting ideas together, frying them up and seeing what comes out” are inspiring. They design each product as though it is for themselves – meticulously researching every material and production technique, finessing every detail and living with their prototypes for months.

 

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Mesa Table

 

During our development of the Mesa Dinette Table, it was very interesting to see their process at work. Like many great designs, the table was inspired by a girl – Phillip’s girlfriend had requested a simple dining table that would allow for her to easily seat guests in her starved-for space flat. Taking her requirements and creating a simple, detail driven base that ships easily and assembles even easier, the final design is both functional and beautiful. We are excited to launch the Mesa table as the first of what we hope will be many 45 Kilo for EQ3 collaborations.

 

We encourage you to learn more about the designers by visiting their website at: www.45kilo.com

 

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Base detail

 

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This article was written by Madi, EQ3’s Casegoods Product Developer, and originally published in the 2013-2014 EQ3 Catalogue. Browse an online version of the catalogue here, or pick up a printed copy at your local store.

New Additions: Mesa Custom

May 19, 2015

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EQ3’s popular Mesa table is expanding into an entirely customizable collection. Until now, the Mesa has been offered as a round dinette with a black base and a white marble top. The Mesa collection now offers two sizes of tops (rectangular dining and round dinette), three top options (white marble, black marble, and oak), and four base colour options (black, dark teal, eggplant, kelly green, and yellow). With all of these options, you can create 30 unique Mesa configurations to suit any space or style.

 

The solid iron sheet metal legs are powder coated locally in Winnipeg, then shipped out across Canada and the United States to stores and customers. Since there are so many possible combinations, each EQ3 store will receive their own unique collection of Mesa bases, tops and sizes.

 

The table was designed by the German design team 45 KILO; founded in 2007 by Philip Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing. Check out their website and our previous article from Mesa’s launch in 2014 on the links below.

 

http://45kilo.com/en/

 

http://blog.eq3.com/?s=45+kilo

 

(From left to right) Mesa rectangular in oak top and eggplant base, Mesa dinette in white marble top and yellow base, and Mesa dinette in black marble top and black base.

Mesa rectangular oak top, eggplant base | Mesa white marble top,  yellow base | Mesa black marble top, black base

 

Visual Inventory: Milan Furniture Fair

Apr 21, 2014

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is back to share culture 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.).

 

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Milan’s Salone del Mobile is the biggest annual furniture event in the world. This year’s fair was a good one. Agreeable weather allowed for convenient trips around the city to the various off-site shows and to outdoor get-togethers at various open air courtyards, cafes, and galleries. Below, I’ve selected a few highlights to share from this year’s show. It is by no means a definitive guide, but rather some selections and observations of the things I saw during my short stay.

 

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I spent my first day at the Salone. Mattiazzi released a series of new chairs by the Bouroullecs amongst a few others.

 

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One of my favourite Japanese architects, Sou Fujimoto, designed a beautiful reflective forest installation for the Cassina booth.

 

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Vitra re-released a few archived designs by Alexander Girard. A lot of playful patterns and colours. The moon platter (shown in the background) and the triangular side tables were a few of my favourites.

 

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Arper product seemed secondary to their well-designed and colourful booth.

 

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Nanimarquina presented a nice new collection of rugs. This black and white patterned rug caught my eye. It’s vastly different from the selection of new designs they were showing at their booth this year.

 

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Most of my time, as it is with most who visit Milan, was spent walking all over the city to the various off-site shows. On day two I met a friend at the tucked away Project B Gallery which ended up being one of my favourites. Max Lamb created an installation for Dzek of a new marmoreal architectural surface made of resin-cast terrazzo.

 

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Right beside the Dzek installation, Faye Toogood exhibited her new curvilinear furniture set, Assemblage 4 collection, made mostly of raw fiberglass.

 

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A lot of the offsite venues give people the opportunity to venture away from the general public spaces of Milan, and into back alleys, courtyards, apartments, and tucked away showrooms that are often hard to access outside of the furniture fair. This is one courtyard that lead to the JP Home showroom that was quite striking.

 

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Hay made their presence known this year at the show, presenting their new collection in collaboration with Sabastien Wrong: Wrong for Hay, a Mini Market with hundreds of small goods available to purchase, new pieces for the Hay product line, and a packed party on Wednesday night.

 

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Nendo always manages to present their ideas in a dramatic fashion at the Milan Furniture Fair. This year they collaborated with COS on a small clothing line, and exhibited new product in a dark below-grade showroom.

 

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If there was one surprising trend that made an appearance almost everywhere, it was the return of Memphis – thirty three years after the Memphis group made their splash in Milan. If anything, much like the original movement, the Memphis look took over most decorative or graphical applications.

 

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Having never visited the showroom / gallery / cafe / patio Spazio Rossana Orlandi, it was an unexpected treat to come across.

 

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Walk the Line – a collaboration between Luca Nichetto and Toronto’s Mjolk presented the Sucabaruca coffee set, as well as the new Cheburashka tableware. A really beautiful collection.

 

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Berlin-based, long time EQ3 collaborators, 45 Kilo were part of a group exhibition called Desiderabilia, a well presented and interesting show.

 

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Also in the Lambrate area, Jamie Haydon presented some new work. I’m generally not the biggest fan of his work, but I thought one of his new light designs was a nice take on a modern-like chandelier.

 

Image Source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

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.

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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