Entries Tagged as 'Design'

Paper Craft

Jan 23, 2015

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It’s usually just before the holidays at EQ3 when we roll up our sleeves and build some sets for our holiday photo shoot. Throughout the year we were inspired by many amazing examples of paper craft. Our sets didn’t require the precise hand cutting, folding, and gluing of tiny decorative details. Instead, they were built build using large rolls of red seamless paper and foam core matte board. Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of one the sets, and the final image below it.

 

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Across the globe many designers and artists are producing inspiring works crafted from paper. Zim & Zou, in France, have been getting a lot of attention for their highly intricate paper craft, often made of vibrant fluorescent papers. They appeared on one of the covers of Icon Magazine in 2012, and more recently, are being noticed for their installations for Hermès Maison Shanghai.

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Sabeena Karnik, in Mumbai, spent over 100 hours designing and executing this cover for Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. She describes her technique as “paper sculpturing.”

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Here are a couple more of my recent favourites:

 

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

2014 Calendar by Nearly Normal

 

A-Type by Lobulo Design

A-Type by Lobulo Design

Animated GIFs

Dec 15, 2014

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In the 1990’s animated GIFs appeared on almost all personal webpages. They were in the form of explosions, spinning globes, envelopes sending mail, and of course spinning “under construction” signs. If you need a reminder of what the Internet looked like in the 1990’s, head over to DPGraph, a 1997 website for photorealistic graphing software.

 

More recently, though, the animated GIF has made a comeback as a niche art form. It’s become a new medium for illustrators to create endless loops, or comic strips with subtle animations. Photographers are also embracing the medium, dubbed the “Cinemagraph” by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.

 

Here are a few of my favourite examples that illustrate how artists have embraced the medium, and help us forget the ridiculous dancing cat GIFs of the 1990’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

Geometric Street Art

Oct 23, 2014

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I have always been fascinated with optical illusions and more specifically impossible figures that use geometric or isometric shapes. New York street artist Aakash Nihalani creates bold geometric paintings and installations that interact with their environments using various mediums. His outdoor works are usually created using tape in various colours to create patterns or designs which often use forced perspective. The images of the installations often include people interacting with the artwork to create the forced perspective or enhance the illusion. You can see more of his work on his blog.

 

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Generation Art Launch Event

Oct 9, 2014

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Now in its second round, EQ3 has developed a limited edition product line in support of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Generation Art, featuring winning artwork submitted by seven emerging Canadian artists of all ages. The winning pieces were selected from hundreds of entries that reflected on the theme Celebrating Canadian Diversity.

 

Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee,  Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Winners clockwise from top left: James Culleton, Andrew Lee, Johanne Laventure, Tristen West, Selina Wong, Andrew Dick, Melanie Kane.

Just a few weeks ago on September 23rd, EQ3 launched Generation Art with a special event that took place at EQ3’s Flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village. EQ3 flew in all winning artists from all corners of Canada to Toronto for a 4-day trip for two to attend the launch event and enjoy the local sites.

 

All seven Generation Art contributing artists

All seven Generation Art contributing artists

 

Artists got the chance to meet one another and check out how EQ3 reinterpreted their work for the new product line.

 

 

 

FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton

FMJF Director of Communications and Programs Peter Flegel with Generation Art winning artist James Culleton

 

EQ3 President and CEO Peter Teilmann with FMJF Co-Founder Jean Daniel Lafond

EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann with FMJF Co-Founder and Co-Chair Jean-Daniel Lafond.

 

EQ3’s Peter Tielmann and FMJF’s Jean-Daniel Lafond addressed media, winners and special guests with a warm welcome and encouraged those in attendance to purchase a Generation Art gift that gives back this holiday season.

 

 

 

This year, Generation Art is made up of pillows, ottomans, beanbags, paper napkins, ceramics mugs and serving platters.

 

 


 

Generation Art is available now at the EQ3 flagship location in Toronto’s Liberty Village – 3-51 Hanna Avenue. Look for the line at all Canadian locations and online at EQ3.com December 1, 2014.

 

All proceeds raised from the sale of the product line will be reinvested into FMJF’s programs for underserved youth. Learn more about Generation Art and EQ3’s commitment to the Michaëlle Jean Foundation here.

 

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