It’s Here! Browse EQ3′s 2014 Spring Supplement

Mar 25, 2014

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The 2014 Spring Supplement has arrived, and with it comes seasonal inspiration and beautiful new products for the home!

 

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This season, we’ve incorporated a selection of natural materials like felt, handwoven wool, undyed linen, solid wood and raw marble. Together they create a sense of modern comfort for the home. Our favourite new product is a relaxed sofa meant for those lazy Sundays. Slipcovered in natural linen, the Blanche is something entirely new and unlike anything you’ve seen in our product range. Find it gracing the front cover and throughout the 32 page supplement.

 

Other highlights include new dining tables and chairs and new entryway pieces, as well as a fun selection of area rugs, lighting and tableware accessories. But don’t just take our word for it. Have a look for yourself! You can flip through an online version of the spring supplement here (or download a copy here). You can also pick up a printed copy at your local store.

 

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Insider’s Look: Get a behind the scenes look at the Spring Photoshoot.

 

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Introducing: Blanche Linen Sofa

Mar 25, 2014

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We’re excited to offer something new to the EQ3 upholstery product range: a Scandinavian take on the classic sofa.

 

Blanche combines comfort, simplicity and style. The sofa features a deep feather seat topper, high back feather cushions and a 100% Belgian linen slipcover. The skirted cover introduces a new design language for us, one that’s adaptable to a variety of contexts, from lakeside cottage to modern loft. Its casual and inviting design pairs well with the rest of the spring collection, which focuses on natural materials such as woven wool, solid wood and marble.

 

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A loveseat, armchair and ottoman complete the Blanche linen collection.

Interview: Tiffany MacKay, EQ3 Calgary’s Shop at Home Consultant

Mar 21, 2014

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Buying furniture is an investment, and EQ3 wants to make the shopping experience as fun and stress-free as possible! Our store staff love to inspire customers with beautiful and creative room settings, but many customers need additional help to envision the furniture they see in-store, in their own home.

 

That’s where EQ3′s Free In Home Consultation program comes in! We’ve equipped each EQ3 retail store with a Shop at Home consultant – a trained designer who will meet you right in your home and offer advice on furniture selections and layouts, right down to the colours and accessories that’ll complete your room.

 

We called up Tiffany MacKay, EQ3 Calgary’s Shop at Home Consultant, to talk about the program and what a customer can expect from the Shop at Home experience. Tiffany also shared her best tips for furnishing a home.

 

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Portrait of Tiffany, EQ3 Calgary Shop at Home Consultant

 

EQ3  What is your educational and work background?

 

TIFFANY MACKAY  I started in theatre and film. I got a degree in set and costume design from the University of Calgary. What’s kind of interesting, and why I think that is so key to my success, is that when you work in theatre you design spaces for a character, and how their home looks represents what they’re wearing and how they behave. So when I got to somebody’s house it’s about them, not necessarily what I think they should have.

 

After university, I worked for many different companies doing visual merchandising, and really focused on spacial relations.Then I started doing private consultations and working for a building developer, and now I’ve been with EQ3 for four years.

 

 

EQ3  What does the Shop at Home design process look like? What can a customer expect out of the experience?

 

TM  Typically, per room, the consultation’s about an hour. It’s a no obligation service, but hopefully the client is interested in EQ3 products and styles. When I go to somebody’s house, the first thing I always try to ask them is what they’re thinking of their space, what they’re hoping to get out of the consultation, maybe what they’re struggling with. Is it room layout, is it scale, is it colour, is it size? I always say to them “It’s your hour, so let’s talk about what you’re struggling with.”

 

Most often than not, I’ll go to appointments regarding upholstery. I try to think through the entire room, so that even if the client can’t afford to do all the pieces right now, at least they’re set up for success.

 

 

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Condo featuring EQ3′s Replay Sofa and Simone End Table (room shot from Tiffany’s portfolio)

 

EQ3  What services do you offer?

 

TM  It depends if the client is in their home, or if they’re building their home. If they are in their home, I’d show up with a giant suitcase with all the fabric swatches. I’d move in for an hour and we’d layout the space. We’d look at the colours. I always bring paint samples too in case someone wants to paint based off of the materials they select. And then, at that point, if they’re still struggling with visualization, I like to measure (the space) when I’m in the home, and then I can provide a 3D rendering.

 

Typically when somebody’s not in the house, and they just have blueprints, that’s when we do a lot of 3D rendering. I always prepare a little package for them. They can take home all of the swatches that they picked and we do some before and after pictures.

 

And then, with most appointments, I do invite clients back into the store one more time. I refer to it as the last ’bum test’ on the sofa so they can make sure they love it and feel confident that what they’re purchasing is the right choice for them. Because there’s no point in selling someone furniture that they’re not going to love. I always joke with people that I don’t want to see them back again unless we’re doing another room.

 

 

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Condo featuring EQ3′s Reverie Sofa, Solo Chairs and Cast Floor Lamp (room shot from Tiffany’s portfolio)

 

EQ3  Tell us about a favourite project or two that you’ve worked on.

 

TM I hate to play favourites. I’ve done everything from 500 square foot condos to 4,000 square foot homes. I fall in love with the people I deal with. It’s really satisfying to have somebody come back into the store and tell me how much they love it and show pictures.

 

In this one instance with a client I worked with, she said to me that the consultation felt more like a friend giving her advice on what would work, but with her best interest at heart. Because I think sometimes when you get advice from friends, it’s their opinion instead of what’s going to work best for (your) lifestyle.

 

We also did a huge crown suite in the Westin. That was quite memorable. When Presidents and dignitaries from other countries come and stay at the Westin Downtown, we did that suite for them. That was tons of fun!

 

 

EQ3  What are your favourite EQ3 products to design with?

 

TM  I love the Reverie Sofa. I love it because it looks cool, but it’s also super comfortable. I’m a big fan of mid-century design. I love that we carry Herman Miller, and I love that products like the Reverie can be complementary to their high end designs.

 

I quite like the Mesa Dining Table as well. I love marble. I think that there’s something polished and elegant about it, and if you can’t afford granite, quartz or marble countertops, it’s a way to incorporate that element into your home.

 

In terms of accessories, I love the Sitara Rug. I like the idea of a summer and a winter rug. I feel like that adds an element of longevity. The Sitara’s great in the winter for its cozy, knit appeal, and I like the Ori in the summer. It has a little thinner pile, so it’s easier to maintain if you’re in and out of the house with your flip flops.

 

 

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Condo featuring EQ3′s Elise Sofa and Rubix Ottomans (room shot from Tiffany’s portfolio)

 

EQ3  Do you have any tips for any readers who are furnishing their homes?

 

TM  I think less is more. I know a lot of people are in a rush to get things done. If you take your time and make the right choice – no band-aid solutions – you get the right piece, in the right space, and you actually don’t spend as much money.

 

You can always add, but it’s difficult to take away, especially furniture because it is a larger investment.

 

 

EQ3  What does your own home look like?

 

TM  I’m an artist, so I have lots of artwork on the wall. It has a very beachy, California vibe. I’m bold: I have a coloured sofa. It’s Key Largo Teal, which is a vibrant blue. I’m a bit of a book nut, so I’ve got lots of bookshelves, and I organize the books all by colour. I also have lots of pieces from EQ3 and my travels.

 

Need help selecting the perfect furniture for your home? Click here to arrange a free in-home consultation with an EQ3 designer, or call your local store today.

Design Library: Handcrafted Modern

Mar 20, 2014

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Design Library Volume 06: Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers

Year: 2010

Category: Architecture / Design, Photography

Author + Photographer: Leslie Williamson

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

 

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The woven fabric cover of Handcrafted Modern is a fitting choice that nods to the book’s title and theme.

 

Leslie Williamson is a San Francisco-based photographer whose work has appeared in prestigious design and lifestyle magazines such as Dwell, Surface and Travel + Leisure.  A fan of architectural history, particularly of Modernism, Leslie’s first book Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-century Designers (2010) is simply the result of her own curiosity.

 

After visiting architect Albert Frey’s home – a beautiful example of mid-century modern design in Palm Springs – Leslie went away with this question: What would an architect build for himself, without the demands of a client upon him?

 

She looked to architectural literature for answers, but found that the book she wanted to read didn’t exist yet. So, like most creative and curious people, Leslie decided to write and photograph the book herself.

 

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Handcrafted Modern is a 224 page hardcover book featuring 14 mid-century modern homes belonging to some of America’s most influential architects and designers, including Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Russell Wright, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.

 

In an effort to document how these designers really live (or lived) on a day-to-day basis, Leslie shot only in homes where personal possessions were left largely intact (either the designer still lived there, or a museum was preserving the home as it was when the designed lived there). She shot each home with film for two full days, leaving rooms as she found them and using only natural light. As a result, the photographs featured in the book are more intimate, detailed and reflective of daily living than the images typically found in architecture books. Leslie’s photography fills the majority of Handcrafted Modern’s pages, but she breaks up the imagery with a personal account of her time shooting each home.

 

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Building on the success of Handcrafted Modern, Leslie has been working on a second book: Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers. The new publication will be out next month (April 8th), but you can catch a sneak peek of the book here!

 

Follow Leslie’s blog lesliewilliamsonphoto.blogspot.com to see more of her photography work.

Make Your Own Marimekko Stretched Canvas Artwork

Mar 18, 2014

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You might remember this set up from a couple of weeks ago, when we introduced EQ3′s new Harvest Entryway collection. The bright floral artwork featured in the shot is actually a DIY project that we tackled here at the head office with some Unikko fabric – picked up from our local EQ3 Marimekko Shop in Shop.

 

Current shop in shop locations include EQ3 Montréal, EQ3 Brossard, EQ3 Toronto – Hanna St., EQ3 Toronto – King St., EQ3 Ottawa, EQ3 Winnipeg, EQ3 Calgary and EQ3 Emeryville, CA. And, for some exciting news: Marimekko fabric will soon be available to our online customers at EQ3.com! Watch for the big announcement in the coming months.

 

We’ve broken down the project into 5 steps. Follow this simple tutorial and, in no time, you’ll have your very own Marimekko Artwork too!

 

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DIY: MARIMEKKO ARTWORK

 

This project comes together easily with a section of patterned fabric and a Stretcher Bar Kit (a wood bar kit used to stretch canvas or fabric to a desired size). Kits come in different sizes, and can be found online through sites like Amazon or Ebay, or through your local craft/art supplies store.

 

Materials + Supplies:

Fabric, cut 2″ wider and longer than finished frame (we used Marimekko’s Unikko Poppy in heavy weight cotton)

Stretcher bar kit, assembled according to package directions

Ruler

Scissors

Staple gun

 

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Step 1: Build canvas frame, following the package directions on stretcher bar kit. The process may vary depending on the kit used, but here’s the basic process for reference: Adjoin two of the mitered wood pieces together to create a 90 degree angle. Add the remaining two wood pieces until you have built a four-sided frame. Note: Pieces should fit easily together with the pre-made joint.

 

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Step 2: Lay pre-cut fabric face down on work surface. Lay frame on top of fabric, centering it so that approximately 1″ of fabric extends on all four sides.

 

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Step 3: Beginning with the midpoint of one side of the frame, pull fabric tightly around the frame and secure on the back (midpoint) with one staple. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the frame, making sure the fabric is as tight and smooth as possible. Do the same on the remaining two sides. The fabric should now be stapled at the midpoint of each side.

 

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Step 4: Continue stapling around the frame. Work your way from the midpoint out, leaving the fabric at each of the four corners unstapled.

 

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Step 5: Trim corner flaps on a 45 degree angle. Fold and pull the sides tight at one corner and staple to frame. Repeat the process for all four corners. Trim any frayed strands of fabric from the back side.

 

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And, you’re done! We love using these stretched canvas frames in EQ3 retail stores to liven up room settings and displays. Here’s how we’re designing with them:

 

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Thinking of trying this project? We’d love to see it.

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