Entries Tagged as 'Design'


Nov 12, 2015





EQ3 is thrilled to announce our new exclusive capsule collection: EQ3 Assembly. Embracing EQ3’s Canadian heritage, the collection features a mix of products from accessories to small furnishings as diverse as the country from which it was born, and is a raw snapshot of new blood in Canadian design.


Featuring unique pieces from 10 of Canada’s most talented emerging designers – EQ3 Assembly is a true assemblage that reflects the spirit of its makers and gives colour to a new national design identity.


Since 2001, EQ3 has been designing and manufacturing modern furniture and accessories in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Existing at the geographical centre of Canada, since its inception EQ3 has been quietly exploring the idea of Canadian design and what that looks like. Now is the time to start a louder conversation.


The collection will launch exclusively at the 18th annual Interior Design Show (IDS16)  with a limited edition pop-up shop on the show floor. Assembly will be available at EQ3’s Hanna Avenue location in Toronto starting on Friday, January 22, 2016, and at all other EQ3 locations starting on February 15, 2016.


EQ3 is proud to unveil the first five designers and products of its Assembly collection  featuring the works of: Kenneth Lavallee, MSDS Studios, Anthony Frank Keeler, Zoë Mowat Design and Thom Fougere Studios . The remaining five designers and products will be unveiled at the IDS16 Media Preview on Thursday, January 21, 2016.



Kenneth Lavalee
Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist Kenneth Lavallee has made his mark primarily by painting, drawing, and silk-screening, taking inspiration from his environment, his Metis culture andthe independent relationships formed therein. Like Lavallee’s Metis heritage, his Quilt design is a union of ideas, interpreting traditional Aboriginal philosophies through a modern lens.




MSDS Studios
Toronto’s MSDS Studios believes that furniture should act as a stimulating and intimate interface between human and building. Their work synthesizes considerations of material, form, space and brier into resolved works of interior, furniture and lighting design. Their Rack creation was inspired by a simple structure glimpsed in the 1953 film Tokyo Story, by Yasujiro Ozu. 




Anthony Frank Keeler
Award winning industrial designer Anthony Frank Keeler was born in Calgary and has contributed to a variety of work in Toronto as well as New York City. His pieces look to introduce unique forms with subtle emotional qualities. In all of his work, he strives to give character to mass produced objects while making sure they provide a useful function for the consumer. His Arc/Trapezoid Mirror is comprised of only three components – a nickel plated steel reflective surface, an oak support arm and brass fastener, truly simplifying the raw elements of form and function.




Zoë Mowat Design
Zoë Mowat Design, is a furniture and object design studio in Montreal, Quebec, founded by the talented designer Zoë Mowat. Her work has a strong sculptural component with emphasis on simple forms, bold colours and unusual material combinations. Her Dressing Table is designed to be a bright and colourful counterpart to any daily grooming ritual. The design explores geometric composition and takes its inspiration from the lines of Art Deco and the‘poudreuse’ of the past.




Thom Fougere Studio
Founded in Winnipeg and long-time partner of EQ3, Thom Fougere Studio creates products that are characterized by investigations into how we live and interact with the objects in our homes, resulting in pieces that are both subtle and archetypal in form. His Assembly Stool is an exercise in reduction and ergonomics. Like any surface meant for seating, the necessity of comfort is of the highest importance.


Join us for the unveiling of the remaining five designers and products of EQ3’s Assembly at IDS16.


Nov 3, 2015


This year, EQ3 was invited to join in supporting one of the most coveted and high profile fundraising events, Boobyball. Boobyball was launched in 2002 by a group of dedicated young women in support of their friend Sarah O’Regan, who at just 23 years old was diagnosed with aggressive, advanced breast cancer. This event has succeeded in bringing breast health awareness to the forefront and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!


In preparation for the event, we decided to pull some of our classic pieces in Boobyball pink!




We hope to see everyone on November 7 at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba for Planet Boobyball.


1. Vitra Elephant – Light Pink $330

2. Bilo Candle Holder Set $59.99


3. Marimekko Pirput Parput Cushion – $75

4. Lyla Side Chair –Coral $179.00 on sale $149

5. Acre napkings set/4 – $19.99

6. Sagaform – POP side plate $9.95


7. Sagaform- POP Mug $9.95


8. Arie chair in Lana Pink – custom pricing


9. Marimekko Kullervo pillow cover $45


10. Eetu Pendant Lamp $199.99

EQ3 City Guide; Winnipeg

Oct 30, 2015


In honour of the 12 amazing cities that play host to our retail locations across North America, we would like to share with you our first ever EQ3 City Guide.


Each month we will feature a new city and a list of the best of the best.


First off is Winnipeg, Manitoba, home to our factory that manufactures all of our own upholstery pieces, our head office, and our retail store conveniently located beside our favorite mall, Polo Park.


Best Pizza: Vera Pizzeria


Located in South Osborne, Vera Pizza is a small pizzeria with an authentic Neapolitan taste. The pizza is beyond delicious and the intimate size of the restaurant feels like eating at home with friends. Plus our very own Merchandising/Store Planning Designer, Ben Borley built their wooden benches and chairs.



Via Yelp


Best Date spot The Palm Lounge in the Fort Gary Hotel


The Palm Lounge (known by Winnipeggers as The Palm room) is the cozy, oval shaped lounge in the back of the historic chateau-inspired Fort Gary Hotel. Filled with giant armchairs, dark wood tables, a glittering chandelier and a live jazz pianist make it the perfect spot to bring a first date.



Via Bipedradio


Best outdoor market St Norbert Farmers Market


Open from May long weekend to the end of October, The St. Norbert Farmers Market is filled with locally grown produce, delicious fresh baking, homemade jams, crafts, jewelry, flowers and much more.


St Norbet

Via Food Matters Manitoba


Best running route: Wellington crescent / Wolseley loop


Run through Wellington Crescent to Assiniboine Park, or through to Armstrong Point/Wolseley for the most picturesque views of Winnipeg.


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Via Sky Scraper City


Best Coffee Shop: Parlour Coffee


Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, Parlour Coffee serves and sells several of North America’s leading micro coffee roasters, with fresh baked goods delivered daily. Double plus the owner Nils Vik, is a former EQ3 Designer and product developer, having designed our still favorite Burrows Bedroom Collection.



Via Kaper22


Best brunch Park Café


The Park Café is the spacious restaurant situated in Assiniboine Park. Along with serving delicious Sunday brunch, this made our best of list for its beautiful architectural building. The café’s soaring windows from floor to ceiling make it the perfect spot to gaze into the park on a warm weekend.



Via University of Toronto


Best Architectural Building:  The Wag


With its unusual triangular shape and Tyndall stone exterior, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of the most beautifully crafted architectural buildings in Winnipeg.



Via Flickr


Best music venue Burton Cummings Theater  


Named after Winnipeg musician, Burton Cummings, the Burton Cummings Theater is a Winnipeg staple and has hosted some of the greatest musical acts.



Via Snipview


Best Cocktail bar martinis at Rae and Jerry’s


The décor in Rae and Jerry’s is a total time warp with its dark wood paneling, red velvet walls, red vinyl booths, red oversized swivel chairs and red carpeting. The restaurant that has been around since 1957 has not changed a bit, which is why this is our favorite spot for a classic martini.



Via Winnipeglovehate


Best Patio Black Rabbit


Black Rabbit’s patio is tucked away behind their restaurant, filled with lush greenery, cascading vines, flowers and suspended lighting, making it the perfect spot day and night.



Via Light Sun Limited

Paper Craft Animation

May 21, 2015

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Back in January I wrote a short blog post on paper craft in graphic design. Since then I’ve found several notable examples of paper craft being used in stop motion animation, and thought I would share.


Kijek / Adamski have made several animations involving thousands of painted laser cut paper elements, which are layered in front of each other to create the movement.



Curtin University Degree from Kijek / Adamski on Vimeo.



“Curtin University Degree” Making of – Kijek/Adamski from Strange Beast on Vimeo.


Cris Wiegandt in Berlin has created many animations involving paper craft, including this series for Nickelodeon.



Nickelodeon Kindernet from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.


Here’s another by Cris Wiegandt



Artbox Campaign 2014 from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.


Chit-Chat-Roulette by David Luepschen involves paper crafted backgrounds with hand puppets.

CHIT CHAT ROULETTE from David Luepschen on Vimeo.


Here are a couple more of interest.




Miami by Hattie Newman



Synesthesia from Stefan Iyapah on Vimeo.


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


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