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EQ3 City Guide; Toronto

Nov 30, 2015

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Next up on our list of amazing cities is Toronto, Ontario, home to two of our retail locations, both located in the heart of the GTA.


Best Pizza: Terroni


With plenty of locations to choose from, Terroni has perfected authentic Italian pizza. On any one of our visits to Toronto, a stop at this classic eatery is a must. Plus, the Queen Street West location has the most ideal back patio that easily garners our number two best patio spot.



Via On the fourth floor


Best Date Spot: Mr. Flamingo

New(ish) to the Dundas West area, Mr. Flamingo is tucked away from the street, situated in a very vibrant, yet cozy resto-bar. The ambience and the menu will definitely impress your date (especially the burrata), and you can conveniently go downstairs to Bambi’s (which is under the same ownership of Mikey Apples) to continue your date!



Via Toronto Life


Best Outdoor Market: Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market

Easily do all of your grocery shopping in this one-stop shop filled with local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, jams, honey and fresh flowers.



Via She does the City


Best running route:  High Park

More of a park than a running route, High Park’s beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery does contain unpaved pathways making it the perfect spot for running, while experiencing Toronto at its best.   



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Best coffee shop: Sam James

With five coffee bars now open in the best parts of Toronto, Sam James keeps to the basics with simple store designs and the most amazing coffee.



Via Sam James Coffee Bar


Best Brunch: Saving Grace

Serving everything from sweet and savory staples, along with seasonally inspired specials, the (very) long Saturday and Sunday line is worth every minute.



Via Not just lettuce blog


Best Architectural Building:  Bar Raval

As one the newest, most talked about restaurants in Toronto, Bar Raval quite literally bars none. Its recent list of acknowledgments includes The Design Exchange Emerging Designer Award, Architect Magazine’s R+D award, and The Restaurant & Bar Design Award. Needless to say, its oiled mahogany millwork makes it the most beautiful bar in Toronto.


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Via Architect Magazine


Best music venue: Massey Hall

One of Toronto’s oldest music venues, Massey Hall has hosted everyone from Aretha Franklin to Justin Bieber. The amazing acoustics make even the furthest seats in the highest balcony feel as if they’re right on stage.



Via My world of photos


Best cocktail bar: The Black Hoof cocktail bar

With ‘30s and ‘40s jazz music always on, the relaxed speakeasy vibe, and vintage-made cocktails, Black Hoof Cocktail bar is the best place for a manhattan…or two.



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Best Patio: Drake hotel

A Toronto staple, the Drake Hotel Queen Street patio offers the best people-watching, as you never know who you will spot checking in or out of the hotel!



Via Before last call


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

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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

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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.


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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.


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