Gifts That Give Back

Dec 3, 2014

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Now in its second incarnation, Generation Art begins as a design contest, calling on artists of all ages from across Canada to submit artwork fitting a particular theme. Winning pieces are selected and adapted for the Generation Art product line, which is produced by and sold exclusively at EQ3.

 

EQ3 is proud to announce Generation Art is now available in-store and online across Canada. From ottomans, to beanbags, to napkins, to ceramics, the 2014 Generation Art Collection is filled with gifts that give back this holiday season. All proceeds raised from the sale of the collection will go to support underprivileged youth in the arts via the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

 

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14” Cushions $49.99

All seven winning designs were transformed into 14” cushions.

 

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Beanbags $299

A fun addition to your basement or kid’s bedroom, we love the two playful patterns represented on the Roman Beanbag.

 

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Ottoman $179.99

EQ3’s classic Rubix Ottoman reimagined in two striking patterns.

 

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Paper Napkins $3.99

Affordable and functional, these paper napkins make a great hostess gift for the holiday season. Pair with a great bottle of wine or selection of cheeses.

 

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Ceramic Mug $6.99 & Platter $19.99

Four mugs and one serving platter were created amongst the winning designs. The variety of pattern and colour options allow for easy integration into any kitchen setting.

 

A few months ago we shared photos from the Generation Art preview event held at EQ3’s Canadian flagship location in Toronto. We had the opportunity to fly all seven winning artists to Toronto for the event. You can read that post here. What an amazing experience it was to witness all the artists together, experiencing their original art in a new way.

 

Congratulations to all the winners and happy shopping! Click here to shop the Generation Art Collection.

 

Work Crush: Kari Bernhardt

Nov 5, 2014

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Employee: Kari Bernhardt

Store: EQ3 Calgary

Job Title: Sales Associate

Years at EQ3: 3

 

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About Kari:
“I began working at EQ3 after coming in and purchasing the Martian lamp. I loved the modern design of the product line and that EQ3 is a Canadian company. Currently I am finishing my Visual Design certificate with Interior Design Specialization at U of C.  My free time is spent with my favorite boys, my son Ben (who took this photo) and my dogs George & Henry.”

 

Kari’s Work Crush:
“My work crush is my Mollie chair shown in Marimekko Praliini fabric. It is a fun and versatile occasional chair that can add a pop to a room with a great pattern or bright colour. The price point is great and the chair is really quite comfortable.”

 

The custom made Mollie chair is available in any fabric or leather of your choice. Love Mollie as much as Kari does? Shop it here

Design Library: Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology

Jul 12, 2014

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Design Volume 10: Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology

Year: 2010

Category: Architecture, Science

Author: Atelier Bow-Wow

Contributors: Terunobu Fujimori, Washida Menruro, Yoshikazu Nango and Enrique Walker

Publisher: Rizzoli New York

 

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Atelier Bow-Wow is an architecture firm like no other, and a favourite of EQ3’s Creative Director Thom Fougere.

 

The Tokyo-based firm is a two-part team, made up of architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Known for their use of the urban vernacular, Atelier Bow-Wow follows the framework of “Void Metabolism,” designing small houses that fit between existing buildings and fill the gaps in Tokyo’s residential areas.¹

 

In their book Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorlogy (2010), Tsukamoto and Kaijima explore what it means to design a small house in a big, chaotic city. They present over 30 of their completed architecture projects, many of which are multi-level homes that take advantage of small, unused, and often awkward patches of land in Tokyo.

 

Each of the featured projects are truly unique, their real unifying factor being Atelier Bow-Wow’s extensive research on the behaviorology of these buildings, their environments, and their occupants. Whether its redefining the meaning of “a view” or re-imagining the stair landing as actual living space, the architecture of Atelier Bow-Wow challenges conventional space planning and design practices.

 

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In Gae House, a main floor opening floods the half-basement home office with light. Atelier Bow-Wow (2003)

 

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Windows stand in place of eaves troughs at Gae House, offering an unconventional view to the outdoors. Atelier Bow-Wow (2003)

 

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Kus House makes the most of an oddly shaped lot with its stepped facade and its wall of windows that widen with each level. Atelier Bow-Wow (2004)

 

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A cylindrical staircase connects the many levels of Kus House and provides structural support. Atelier Bow-Wow (2004)

 

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In Tread Machiya, staircase landings serve as living spaces. Atelier Bow-Wow (2008)

 

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Stair treads serve as surfaces for lamps, toss cushions and other objects in Tread Machiya. Atelier Bow-Wow (2008)

 

Tsukamoto and Kaijima’s House & Atelier Bow-Wow is a good example of their consideration towards a building’s behaviorology. Designed to function as Tsukamoto and Kaijima’s residence, as well as Atelier Bow-Wow’s head quarters, this semi-public building is nestled so tightly between adjacent houses that it is barely visible from the street.

 

Atelier Bow-Wow’s answer to these spatial constraints were exterior walls that slant inward to meet code, and large window openings to frame neighbouring houses (a mere 1 to 2 metres away). In this way, they connected their interior to its environment, rather than fought against it.

 

This section drawing from Atelier Bow-Wow and shows the studio / residence’s many levels.

This video tour of House & Atelier Bow-Wow offers another perspective.

 

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House & Atelier Bow-Wow is designed with a slanted exterior to meet code. Atelier Bow-Wow (2005)

 

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Large window openings face neighbouring houses, connecting the interior of House & Atelier Bow-Wow to its surroundings. Atelier Bow-Wow (2005)

 

 

Essays written by contributing professionals in architecture, art and sociology break-up the catalogue of work featured in Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology. The book closes with a look at the art installations (or “micro public spaces”), furniture and other smaller bodies of work that have garnered Atelier Bow-Wow much international attention. You can learn more about past publications from Atelier Bow-Wow here.

 

Architecture for Long-Bodied-Short-Legged Dog, YouTube video by architecturefordogs

 

Source:

1. Atelier Bow-Wow, Terunobu Fujimori, Washida Menruro, Yoshikazu Nango and Enrique Walker (2010). Aterlier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology. Page 13. Location: New York, New York. Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

2. Archinet.com, Atelier Bow-Wow Tokyo Anatomy (interview with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto)

Modern Classics Never Get Old

Jul 11, 2014

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Have you heard of S Style & Fashion Magazine?

 

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Inside the pages of their Summer 2014 issue, S Style explores the fresh perspective of florals in fashion and home design.

 

It’s perhaps an ironic and telling statement that the EQ3+ Marimekko Unikko Teapot made it into their botanical round-up. Having just recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the Unikko pattern is hardly new. Its graphic variation on nature’s poppy has been a design icon for decades (something that EQ3 Product Developer Enri touched on in this blog post on florals), and the design community continues to find new ways to bring the pattern into both their homes and their wardrobes.

 

It would seem, then, that Unikko’s newness lies in its longevity.

 

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And, couldn’t the same be said of other design classics?

 

Furniture from Mid-Century designers such as Eames, Nelson and Noguchi have been staples in the home since Herman Miller first released them back in the 1940s and 50s. They continue to be key elements in the modern interior to this day and, as part of the EQ3+ line, we’ve found they complete EQ3’s room settings with their classic design: a Marimekko Teapot adds the perfect pop of colour to EQ3’s Basics dinnerware collection, a set of Shell Chairs complement EQ3’s clean-lined dining tables, and an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman live happily next to one of EQ3’s Canadian-made sofas.

 

Visit one of our stores for more inspiration on mixing classic and modern pieces. Or visit EQ3.com to browse EQ3’s handpicked selection of iconic designs.

 

Image Source: S Style & Fashion Magazine, Summer 2014 Issue

Geekanoids Review the Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair

Jul 9, 2014

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We all know the importance of using an ergonomic task chair at the office; and, most of us even know why. But, do any of us really know how?

 

Even with an intuitive design such as the EQ3+ Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair, we still might have questions about chair settings and proper positioning of the arm rests, seat and lumbar support.

 

That’s why we love the Mirra 2 Chair video review Dave published, earlier this week, on his popular YouTube Channel Geekanoids. Dave was in a cycle of going through a chair a year, when he decided it was time to invest in a quality task chair from Herman Miller – the original Mirra).

 

He’s had the chair for years, and just recently upgraded to the new Mirra 2 Chair. Dave’s video shows off the features of his new chair, and how to actually use all of them. So, whether you’re debating the investment or just want to make the most of your existing task chair, this video’s for you!

 

YouTube video by: Geekanoids Channel

 

Learn more about the Mirra 2 Chair here.

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