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Design Library: Pin-Up Interviews

Feb 18, 2014

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Design Library Volume 05: PIN-UP Interviews

Year: 2013

Category: Interviews, Architecture / Art / Design

Producer: PIN-UP Magazine, with text by Felix Burrichter (Editor/Creative Director)

Publisher: powerHouse Books

 

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PIN-UP is a biannual architecture magazine that gives readers a playful and informal look at the architecture industry. Self-proclaimed as “pure architectural entertainment,” the magazine is known for their candid and conversational interviews with architects, artists and designers from around the world.

 

This book – PIN-UP Interviews – is a collection of 57 of those interviews. No visuals. Just text. This may sound daunting, but we assure you it’s not. The book’s forward sets a casual and cheeky tone, and the designer briefs that preface each interview are equally entertaining. And as for the interviews themselves, they are thought-provoking, without being stuffy!

 

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We recommend checking out Shigeru Ban (Page 29), Martino Gamper (Page 131), Junya Ishigami (Page 172) and ROLU (Page 340).

 

Shigeru Ban, Architect, New York (Page 29 – 35)

Ban is well known for his use of cardboard and paper-tube structures, but what struck us most was how he balances high end projects with humanitarian relief efforts (Ban designs temporary structures for refugees).

 

Martino Gamper, Furniture Designer, London (Page 131 – 138)

Gamper has garnered much attention for his exhibition “100 Chairs in 100 Days,” where he transformed old chairs into new chairs, ones that were altogether different from their original form.

 

Junya Ishigami, Architect, London (Page 172 – 177)

Ishigami grew up in ‘Suberbia’ in a condominium outside of Tokyo. It’s not surprising then that his work focuses on the very thing he grew up without – a strong connection between architecture and landscape.

 

ROLU, Landscape + Furniture Designers, Minneapolis / New York (Page 340 – 348)

Matt Olson and Mike Brady are punk-rock musicians turned landscape architects and furniture designers (among other things) in Minneapolis! Olson blogs for ROLU (rolublog.com) and we enjoyed his commentary on the accessibility of images and ideas on the internet. Designers are often afraid to admit that they’re inspired by others work, but Olson’s excited to share his work and where it came from.

 

 

Visit the PIN-UP website to learn more about the book and the architects, artists and designers featured.

Design Library: A Visual Inventory, John Pawson

Jan 15, 2014

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Design Library Volume 04: A Visual Inventory

Year: 2012

Category: Photography, Inventory/archive

Author + Photographer: John Pawson

Co-author: Allison Morris

Publisher: Phaidon Press Limited

 

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John Pawson is a British designer who runs his own architecture practice out of London, England. Rarely without a camera, Pawson has captured hundreds of thousands of images – over a quarter of a million at the time this book was released – since acquiring his first digital camera.

 

A Visual Inventory catalogues 272 of Pawson’s image files. The images are featured in pairs, and each is personally annotated to describe the scene from his intimate point of view. Known for his minimalist designs, Pawson surprises readers with great variety in the subjects captured – minimalist architecture is showcased alongside ancient ruins, palatial architecture, construction sites, and exterior landscapes.

 

Together, these images “add up to a perspective, to an archive of a way of looking,” says Pawson. They create an opportunity to step away from your present surroundings, and see the world through Pawson’s eyes. It’s a world where no detail goes unnoticed, where fleeting moments are captured with the snap of a lens and allowed to live on and be remembered forever.

 

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The above shots are just a small sampling of the beautiful images you’ll find in John Pawson’s book A Visual Inventory. Pick up a copy of this book and explore Pawson’s world for yourself. Also, check out Pawson’s online journal to follow his most recent photography.

Design Library: Weekend Almanac No. 1

Nov 15, 2013

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Design Library Volume 03: Weekend Almanac No. 1

Year: 2013

Category: Periodical, almanac

Curator + Editor: Lauren Ladoceour

Curator + Creative Director: Ali Zeigler

Publisher: Independently published

 

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Now, before the term ‘periodical’ scares you off, allow us to insert a little disclaimer here: Weekend Almanac is no ordinary periodical. This sort of genre usually brings to mind stuffy, old volumes with hard to read text about complex subject matters, but this periodical doesn’t fit any of those molds.

 

Instead, the first volume of Weekend Almanac is a fast and fun read (we devoured it in one sitting over the lunch hour one Friday afternoon). For a good part of a year, editor Lauren Ladoceour and creative director Ali Zeigler spent their weekends documenting all the fun and creative things people do outside of their 9 to 5 jobs. They collected stories and photographs from artists, writers, designers, and photographers and compiled them into this short, 64 page book.

 

 

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Broken down into 3 sections – aptly titled FridaySaturday and Sunday – the almanac serves as a playful guide to help you make the most of every single part of your weekend…morning, day and night.

 

Visuals outweigh text, making it easy to flip through on the fly. Hazy photography and watercolor art have a relaxed feel that’s fitting of the almanac’s weekend theme.  There are even colouring pages for readers to get crafty with on a rainy day. Where text does appear, it’s done so artfully with large, whimsical typography and small, easy-to-digest bits. Approach Weekend Almanac with the same lightness you would a magazine, but collect and care for it like you would your favourite book series.

 

Read our Interview with Editor Lauren Ladoceour to learn more about the making of this publication.

 

 

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The Ladies at Weekend Almanac are currently working on volume No. 2, which is set to be released sometime in March 2014. In the meantime, get your hands on a copy of No. 1 (while you still can!).

 

Your weekend will thank you.

Design Library: An Eames Primer (and a giveaway)

Nov 6, 2013

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Design Library Volume 02: An Eames Primer

Year: 2002, Updated 2013

Category: Thematic Biography

Author: Eames Demetrios

Publisher: Universe

 

Video by EQ3.com

 

Our interview with Eames Demetrios was both exciting and inspiring. We could have sat with him for hours, asking question after question about his grandparents, legendary Mid-Century Modern designers Charles and Ray Eames. Of course, like all good things, the interview was a bit of a blur and ended much too soon!

 

So we were pretty excited to receive a couple of signed copies of Eames’ newly released and updated edition of An Eames Primer (keep reading for a chance to win one of them)! The book offers an in-depth look at Charles and Ray’s legacy. It’s easy to forget how expansive the Eameses reach was and that they crossed almost every creative industry out there. They really did do it all. And, Eames Demetrios’ book showcases this in a very personal way, writing from the perspective of both Charles and Ray’s grandson and Director of the Eames Office.

 

Eames originally wanted to keep the book free of pictures or imagery, but he ended up including a selection of old photographs, images and sketches that give the book an Encyclopedia (or Wikipedia) feel. We’re not sure if this was the intended effect, but it helps to illustrate the variety of projects Charles and Ray worked on and draws attention to the lesser-known of these.

 

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We’re giving away 3 signed copies of An Eames Primer to our blog readers.

Simply sign-up below for a chance to win.

 

Design Library: The Human Scale

Nov 1, 2013

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One of the driving factors behind the EQ3 Inhabit blog is our desire to share our passion for design and explore culture and various art forms. As part of this never-ending search for inspiration and ideas, we’ve decided to create a catalogue of sorts – a growing list of design resources in literature (books, journals, magazines, etc.) and film. The blog seemed like a permanent and personal space to house the list, so with that, we’d like to log our first entry.

 

Design Library Volume 01: The Human Scale

Year: 2013

Category: Film, Documentary

Director and Writer: Andreas Dalsgaard

Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real

 

 

We caught a late night screening of Andreas Dalsgaard’s new documentary, The Human Scale, back in September at the local Cinematheque, an event held in conjunction with The Winnipeg Design Festival. According to Dalsgaard, the architectural film explores “…the way we live in cities today, and how our social nature and habits are connected to the physical habitat we live in.” After watching the film, we can attest to the accuracy of this statement. With an educational background in both film and social anthropology, the Denmark-based director brings life and human insight to the architectural film scene. Dalsgaard goes beyond buildings, and addresses the importance of designing cities scaled for humans – not cars.

 

Dalsgaard draws examples from Danish architect Jen Ghel’s work as an illustration for change. Ghel spent years studying people in Italy and how they interact with their city, which he later used to re-plan and restructure Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as other Nordic cities. Ghel’s work emphasizes cities designed to encourage interaction and intimacy among people, completely opposing the trend in modern urban planning, which emphasizes isolation and individualism.

 

Dalsgaard breaks the documentary up into 5 short chapters, with each one focusing on a different city – Melbourne, New York, Chongqing, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Christchurch – that has somehow been or is being inspired by architect Ghel’s planning strategies. The New York case study, for example, looks at how the city reclaimed Time Square from motorists and made it into a space for people to congregate and essentially, live. The film’s a must see for anyone interested in (or concerned about!) the world’s current physical and social ecosystems.

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