Copenhagen 2015

Mar 13, 2015

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Downtown Copenhagen

 

This past month I was lucky enough to visit a few colleagues over in Denmark and spend some time experiencing the culture, landscape and total buzz for design. I was smitten; the colours of the buildings, the patterns in the streets, the happy people. I always had high expectations for Denmark but it met and exceeded every one of them and I truly can’t wait to go back.

 

One of my colleagues took me through downtown which was flooded with cafes, local fashion and quaint design shops. We could’ve spent days browsing in this one area. We climbed The Round Tower, built in the 17th century, to gain the best view of the area and on the way up we stopped into the Library Hall which was exhibiting a collection of artwork from various artists – photographers, painters, graphic designers, textile designers, architects, poets, musicians, etc.. Below are a few photos I snapped, along with an excerpt from author and composer, Benedicte Nordin, who curated the exhibit The Game of Masks.

 

The Round Tower

 

The Game of Masks 

Or did you see the leaves of sage

Turn into wings against the sun of springtime

And fly away like butterflies

Like owls –

Or maybe like an angel –“

(From “Déguisements”. Benedicte Nordin. 2013)

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“As human beings, being the directors of our lives, we experience moments of happiness forgetting ourselves. Working with understanding and being understood, with sharpening expression and impression. Blood seeping from our nails, we insist. We insist. And we forget ourselves. Trying to capture the translucent moment of transformation, the nano-second where the statement, the music, the poem, the picture rip off there masks. For a long time having been in the process of being replayed to a state of frenzy, deleted, rewritten, tumbled, seemingly immovable. In the blink of an eye we become time-travellers on the little miracle ship of revelation moving from one state of being to another. Smoothly.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“It’s as simple as it’s complicated. No more disguises. The masks have fallen. The last piece of the puzzle has been put into place. But what happens now? A little angel from chaos passes by and in a jiffy turns the box upside-down. Think again!”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“Off we go. Solving new riddles. Looking for the perfect. Once more, we must go out there meeting the mirrors. Once more we are participating in the game of the masks and its jolly, irresistible dangerous game. Do we know each other? Do we know ourselves? Is the man the mask? Is the mask the man? We know so little about each other. And we know so little about ourselves.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“The World is a Stage. True. A stage with innumerable possibilities.

Scary and redeeming.

Like the mask.

Copenhagen the 5. of December 2014.”

Benedicte Nordin.

 

View from The Round Tower

 

5 Questions with Evin Collis

Jan 30, 2015

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Evin Collis was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting and then returned to Winnipeg and began working as a porter for VIA Rail on the ‘Canadian’ for a number of years. His work has been exhibited across Canada and Italy. Drawing, oil painting, sculpture, comics and stop-motion animation are the mediums he uses to realize his work. Evin currently lives in Chicago where he is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Red River Pieta, 8' x 11', 2013, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Red River Pieta, 8′ x 11′, 2013, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: Your work is currently showing at La Maison des Artistes here in Winnipeg. Do you feel that there is one piece which sums up your intentions for the exhibition?

 

EC: I would say that the two largest paintings Red River Pieta (La pieta de la rivière rouge) and Assiniboine Odyssey, which are satirical contemporary Manitoba history paintings that were completed earlier in 2012 and 2013 really stimulated this body of work at La Maison des artistes.


Homestead Pile. 5' x 5', 2014, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Homestead Pile. 5′ x 5′, 2014, oil on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: Which medium do you feel most successfully conveys your artistry?

 

EC: Most of my time is spent painting and drawing. The sculptures I had created for the show were born out of the paintings. The animations I have done in the past are closely related to painting and drawing as well. As much as I love experimenting and toying with other medias, I am informed through painting and drawing.

 

Hydra-Goose, 2015, plaster, wood, metal, epoxy, paint, leather, feathers. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Hydra-Goose, 2015, plaster, wood, metal, epoxy, paint, leather, feathers. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: How do you determine what your next project will be?

 

EC: Whatever interests me at the moment; often one project can lead into the next. I draw from a wide array of influences and source material. Sometimes I desire to try something very different. There is no exact formula.

 

Assiniboine Odyssey. 2010, 8' x 10', Oil and fur on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

Assiniboine Odyssey. 2010, 8′ x 10′, Oil and fur on canvas. Photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: How would you describe your home? Studio?

 

EC: At the moment I spend most of my time in the studio which is inside the school, near the top floor of a very tall building. There is a common area around the corner from my space that has an incredible open view of Lake Michigan, I think you can even see Indiana from up there. The studio is practically home and I have multiple projects consistently on the go.

 

Commerce, Prudence, Industry Collage. 2015, photographed by Charles Venzon.

Commerce, Prudence, Industry Collage. 2015, photographed by Charles Venzon.

 

NQ: What makes you most excited to wake up and do what you do everyday?

 

EC: To keep making, to continue learning and striving to become a better painter.

5 Questions with Edholm Ullenius

Dec 8, 2014

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Sissi Edholm and Lisa Ullenius are the women behind Edholm Ullenius, a Stockholm based studio of graphic design and illustration. Since 2002, Edholm Ullenius has worked with a wide range of clients and produced an exciting body of work including our Kayak dishes and napkins. They most recently took on the task of designing a line of mid-century inspired prints. The end result was a fun, cohesive collection with striking line work and bold colour blocking. The prints were carved into blocks which were then hand stamped directly onto recycled paper.

 

The Avenue collection is designed to fit perfectly within the new Edge Picture Frames. Working with Edholm Ullenius has always been a pleasure. We are super excited about the official launch of artwork at EQ3 to help complete your beautiful spaces! You can now find them in-stores or online here.

Lisa Ullenius + Sissi Edholm of Edholm Ullenius

 

Nina Quark: What was the defining point where you each knew you wanted to pursue design as a career?

 

Edholm Ullenius: It´s a feeling we both had since we were very young. Around the time we were graduating high school we both realized we actually could do this for a living, that was an amazing insight and we started planning how we best could make it happen. The way to where we are today has been long and winding, but we wouldn´t like to miss out on any of those experiences.

AVENUE Print 1- 5" x 7"

NQ: At which stage of a project are you most excited?

 

EU: At the beginning and at the end. At the middle we usually get the feeling of having no clue what we are doing. It´s a rollercoaster ride which hopefully ends with the feeling of pushing ourselves to a new creative level. We love the saying: “Always give the client what they need, not always what they think they want”.

AVENUE Print 2-  5" x 7"

NQ: Which method, or medium, do you find best portrays what you’re trying to communicate?

 

EU: We are very grateful that we get the chance to work with many different materials and products. All though we must say that textile is our favourite choice. The textile texture adds an extra touch and the possibilities to create what you want are endless.

AVENUE Print 1- 8" x 10"

NQ:  What was your inspiration behind the Avenue Block Prints?

 

EU: The inspiration came from the naive style of mid-century design (1950/1960s). It´s also the result of letting your imagination run free and creating something abstract, yet with a character.

AVENUE Print 2-  8" x 10"

NQ: In the future, what is one project that you would love to take on – individual or duo?

 

EU: We would love to collaborate with architects and scale up our designs, as placed on the front of a house for example. We are both fascinated by science and must however say that our dream client is NASA.

AVENUE Print 11" x 14"

EQ3 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 30, 2014

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Feeling stumped on what to get that last person on your list? Here’s our creative teams top picks for this holiday season!

 

Allison: Coast Marble Cheese Board

My pick is the Coast Marble Cheese Board. It’s a classic design that fits any décor and at $19.99, it comes with an affordable price tag. It’s also super functional for holiday party season. The natural marble keeps cheese cool.

coast_cheese_board_marble_overhead

Heather: Gusto Tea Light Holder

It’s the perfect accessory to cozy-up a small space on a chilly December evening.

Gusto Tea Light Holder

Ben: Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

These playful red shot glasses on wooden bases are a bold combination of materials, and add a festive touch to holiday cheers.

Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

Nina: Spot Wall Knobs

The Spot Wall Knobs are a super fun way to add both colour and function to a space. The brand new Spot Wall Knob in white marble offers a more sophisticated look but still pairs well with the bright colours.

Spot Wall Knob

Alex: Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

I may not be able to pronounce the name but I love this oven mitt. The illustration reminds me of the late/great Charley Harper’s wildlife illustrations.

Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

Paul: Kaleb Task Lamp

If you know anybody who has ever worked at a desk, then this is the gift for them.

Kaleb Task Lamp

Thom: Alessi Todo Cheese Grater

The Todo Giant Grater by Richard Sapper is a clever take on a typically dull kitchen utensil. The atypical height of the cheese grater was inspired by Sapper’s experience at home – grating cheese for his family’s dishes – measuring the length of one stroke along a grater, to satisfy one proper serving. I’ve never thought twice about a cheese grater until coming across this one. The Todo is an ideal holiday gift for those who admire thoughtful, functional goods for their kitchen.

Alessi Todo Cheese Grater

Madi: Klere End Table

Although I did design this piece, I have an altruistic appreciation for its functionality and “cool girl” aesthetic. I would love to wrap her up under the tree so that all my friends and family would have the perfect place to stash their books + magazines this holiday season.

Klere End Table

Enri: Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Three reasons: it works; it is easy to clean unlike most lemon juicers, and it is a beautiful object in your kitchen.

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Still can’t decide? Choose an EQ3 gift card now available online here!

10 Questions with Chelsea Maier

Nov 14, 2014

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Chelsea Maier is the uber-talented mind behind In Plan View, a young and blossoming company which seeks to make our dining tables extra beautiful! Her obsession with textiles has stirred her to create a collection of ‘brightly-coloured, textured and patterned everythings’ right here in Winnipeg. She is also the mother of Summer Skin Clothing, the sister company to In Plan View. When she’s not busy creating her own things, she’s teaching art to kids at the Artful Owl studio. She shows so much passion in her work and has so much love for Winnipeg. She might be leaving us for BC in the new year but she will certainly continue to inspire us wherever she may be. Lucky for her (and you), EQ3 has something in the works in response to her final answer – that will be revealed soon!

 

 

Nina Quark: Which room in your home is your favourite to spend time?

 

Chelsea Maier: Bedroom. Or specifically- the bed area within the bedroom. I think a bed is an open canvas for your style to be achieved via what you choose for linens, throws, pillow styles, and the frame itself. It’s where comfort and design meet best without apologies. Next to the bed is my favourite piece of furniture- a bedside table. I have had everything from an upside down milk cart, to stools, to more conventional bedside tables. A bedside table is my favourite corner of the bedroom because it houses all of lifes best goodies- books stacked high, lamps, plants, fresh flowers, water at night, coffee in the morning, photographs, art…  a sketchbook in case you can’t fall asleep because of ideas…

 

 

NQ: What was the highlight of your summer?

 

CM: This summer was wild! I don’t think I was in the same place for two days at a time. Highlight had to be wandering around the streets of Vancouver in the sun and thinking ‘In the New Year this will be our new home’.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: What are you most looking forward to with winter approaching?

 

CM: Seeing what magic the locals cook up for us this season. When I first moved here I thought you ‘Peggers would hibernate or something while winter was in full force. It’s the exact opposite. So many things happen because Winnipegers look at winter as an opportunity. I’m excited to see the new warming huts. I’m excited to see the renderings of the new Raw:Almond come to life, I’m excited to explore all the new restaurants opening up, I’m looking forward to a skate or five on the river trail. The expressions on peoples faces as they rip down the frozen river on skates in the open air? Pure joy. Winter here is priceless, if you surrender yourself to it, if you make it your friend.

 

 

NQ: What was the most inspirational thing to happen in your week?

 

CM: Right now I teach 9 art classes at a local childrens art studio. It inspires me on the daily. This week I asked a group of girls in one of my classes to finish the sentence ‘When I make art I feel…’ and one of the girls wrote: ‘When I make art I feel: happy and confident. Excited like I could make art forever. I feel like I could be an artist’. I think I’m going to frame it.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: With many new local spots to dine, is there one in particular which really impressed you?

 

CM: Well, I’m currently writing this at ‘The Store Next Door’ which just opened its doors on Monday, by the owners of Chew (on Corydon). I’m sitting at one of two large handmade wooden tables, they have a raw wood farmhouse door separating the bakery/cafe/store from the restaurant, their baked goods look picture perfect, they have take home meals and homemade sauces packaged in mason jars, and I just had the best bowl of potato salad of my life. It just has great vibes. I’m moving in.

 

 

NQ: If you could choose any natural environment to view outside of your window, what would it be?

 

CM: The Ocean. Or a Mountain. And/or both. Aka the view out my grandma’s kitchen window.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: Which musical artist has most recently earned your admiration?

 

CM: Adam Cohen! His new album is beautiful. ‘We Go Home’ is so so beautiful. I am seeing him perform at the West End Cultural center in November. Hopefully I don’t cry like when I saw his father, Leonard Cohen perform two April’s ago. Music is so powerful.

 

 

NQ: Who do you look up to and why?

 

CM: One person?! Right now there are so many people around me that inspire me daily and are doing so many great things out in the world. I will have to claim that it is one of my best girlfriends from Winnipeg, who recently picked up her life and moved to Toronto on a whim, taking major risks all in the name of adventure. It is the first time she’s moved away from home, lived on her own, had to start from scratch to find a job etc. But all of that aside, the conversations we have had about her experiences of establishing herself in a brand new city are so inspiring. I think they have total crossover into the design field. I believe that learning and exploring a new city can be such a catalyst to the design process, and for rapid change, improvement, observations, and motivations. You know that feeling when you buy a brand new sketchbook, and you flip through all it’s crisp, blank white pages? I think moving to a brand new city is exactly like that- the perfect mix of pressure and anxiety, of opportunity and potential. I’m really proud of the first few marks she’s made in that new book.

 

In Plan View

 

NQ: What movie are you most anxious to see (new or old)?

 

CM: I decided today I need to brush up on two movies: Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. I watched those when I was so young, I want to explore them as an adult now. You know, just me, a glass of wine, and do re mi fa so la ti do!

 

 

NQ: What is one product you would love to see added to the EQ3 line?

 

CM: EQ3 + In Plan View haha… Tough question though! EQ3 has a wonderfully curated, well rounded collection. I am totally coveting everything that has the option of being built with white marble (your end tables, dining room table, cheese board, etc). Thinking back, I really liked your collaboration with artists for pillow cases, notebooks and tote bags. Carrying feature art prints that are printed and ready to hang would be really phenomenal. Everybody needs more art on their walls!

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