Entries Tagged as 'Design'

Shopping in NYC: Marimekko’s Flagship Store

May 15, 2014

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New York City is a popular destination for design professionals, retailers, editors and creatives year-round, but right now they’re flocking to the world’s design capital more than ever!

 

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design, got underway last Friday and runs through till May 20th. The celebration crosses all design disciplines, and creates a platform for both established and emerging creatives. The annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is North America’s premier showcase for contemporary design. The four day event starts Saturday and wraps up the same day as NYCxDESIGN.

 

There are plenty of exhibitions, installations, design talks, and launch parties to attend, but those wanting a break from scheduled events should pay a visit to EQ3+ partner Marimekko’s flagship store in New York.

 

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We were excited to visit the flagship store first-hand during a recent trip to New York. Located in the Flatiron District, at the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway, the store has a classic black façade that belies the brightly coloured and whimsical displays you’ll find within.

 

Inside, white walls and millwork set the stage for your favourite Marimekko prints. The brand’s iconic designs cover everything from fashion accessories and apparel, to bolts of fabric and home decor products. Throughout the store product is artfully arranged to create intriguing visual installations. Dresses and shirts suspend from the exposed ceiling with a cluster of hooks. Large fabric panels divide spaces and direct your eye to specific displays. And, wooden sleeping bunks are stacked three high and outfitted with beautiful Marimekko duvet covers.

 

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You can find more NYC travel recommendations from our team here and here. Then, once you’ve explored all New York has to offer, head cross-country and check out EQ3’s newest store on the West Coast: EQ3 San Francisco! Opening May 31st, 2014

 

Marimekko NYC Flagship Store at 200 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10010, United States. Get directions here.

How To: Design with EQ3’s Blanche Sofa

Apr 20, 2014

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We love the Blanche room display that’s been greeting guests inside EQ3 stores this season. It’s warm, comfortable and inviting, and designed to fit into any environment.

 

Modern loft? Traditional two-storey? Summer cottage? Absolutely!

 

EQ3’s Visual Team worked long and hard to get this room setting just right, and we wanted to know how they did it. So we’ve asked Cliff, EQ3 Winnipeg’s Visual Coordinator, to show us how he created this relaxed, modern vignette – from initial sketches to final design! Take it away Cliff…

 

blanche_horizontalFinal living room design featuring the Blanche Sofa (image from EQ3’s Spring Supplement)

 

To introduce the Blanche collection, EQ3’s Visual Team wanted to do something special and playful, yet simple and relaxed. The design of Blanche effortlessly balances comfort, simplicity and style; consequently, my goal was to present the collection in a room that looked neither bare nor cluttered.

 

Although, stylistically, the collection is an unique introduction to the EQ3 upholstery range, it seamlessly pairs with many of our other products. The Blanche Sofa’s Belgian linen slipcover is complemented particularly well by designs that use natural oak and marble materials, such as the Custom End and Custom Coffee Tables. It also pairs well with our Reclaimed Teak Coffee Table and Plasma Unit, Simone End Table, and Tessa Mod Shelving. Personally, I enjoy a room with various materials and silhouettes that complement each other, but if you are unsure of what woods will work well together, marble is always a great finish to integrate with existing wood pieces.

 

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Sketch drawn by Cliff during initial concept development

 

When proposing in-store displays, creativity is required to capture a series of distinct moments while delineating different rooms from one another. Unlike your home, stores often lack walls or architectural elements that serve to frame our living spaces. For these reasons, I decided to use a sculptural selection of brand new lighting and chairs as a scrim to stop the eye. This idea developed from an early sketch, until it was translated into three dimensions with real product.

 

By juxtaposing the dark, modern designs with the texture of linen, natural oak and marble, we created a room that could easily be integrated into any home. Similar techniques can be helpful in the home by using existing architecture to your advantage, strategically placing artwork and furniture to frame the space, and integrating various materials, colours and textures for added visual interest.

 

By offsetting the Custom Coffee Table and Corfu Rug from one another I was able to increase circulation space, while showcasing the graphic pattern of the handwoven rug. The final step in this vignette was introducing a selection of exciting, new accessories.

 

Overall, the Blanche Sofa is the perfect new addition for spring.

 

 

Shop this look:

 

Blanche Sofa ($1,999.00) / Micah Floor Lamp (129.99) / Custom Coffee Table, Oak Top ($499.00) / Corfu Wool Rug ($299.99) / Milan Throw ($39.99) / Tessa Mod Shelves (price based on configuration) / EQ3+ Marimekko Haiku Mug ($20.00) / Coast Marble Bowl ($49.99) / EQ3+ Sagaform Oval Oak Wine Carafe ($34.95) / EQ3+ Sagaform Herb Pot ($24.95) / EQ3+ Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Bowl ($29.50)

The Story Behind Marimekko’s Tablecloths + an In-store Event

Apr 9, 2014

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When it comes to patterns and textiles, Marimekko is in a league of their own. Their highly coveted fashion and home goods are timeless – a constant in the design industry and instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the brand.

 

Take for example Unikko (poppy), Marimekko’s most iconic pattern. Designed in 1964 by Maija Isola, Unikko reflected an easy-going and positive attitude, and became an instant success. Its popularity has continued to climb over the past 50 years, and today Unikko’s graphic and distinctive design is so closely intertwined with the brand that it acts almost as a symbol of Marimekko.

 

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There is a lot of history wrapped up in Marimekko products, and this is especially true for their tablecloths. With proper care, they are meant to last for many years, to be passed down from one family member to another. In an effort to preserve a tablecloth’s design history as it changes hands, Marimekko traditionally hems the ends of their tablecloths, leaving the sides with a raw, un-hemmed edge. The white salvage left visible on each side notes the print designer’s name, name of the print, year it was designed, and material and care instructions. In this way, future generations will be able to know and celebrate the history of their tablecloth.

 

Check out EQ3’s curated selection of Marimekko fabrics at EQ3.com. Fabrics are available in-store at EQ3 locations featuring a Marimekko shop in shop, and are sold by the metre, ready to be transformed into amazing accessories for the home. Don’t have time for sewing projects? That’s okay! Many of our shop in shops work with an in-house seamstress who will turn your fabric into drapery, toss cushions, tablecloths, or anything else you can dream up.

 

This Saturday, select EQ3 Marimekko shop in shops will be hosting a special in-store Tablecloth Event. Purchase your favorite Marimekko fabric by the meter and they’ll sew you a rectangle or square tablecloth for free! Tablecloths can be sewn in true Marimekko style (ie. leaving the two sides un-hemmed) or in more typical fashion (ie. all four sides hemmed).

 

Also, starting Thursday, save 25% off all Marimekko Fabric in the shop. Sale ends Monday, April 14th.

 

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Event runs Saturday, April 12 from noon until 3pm local time.

Participating EQ3 Marimekko Shop in Shops: Toronto – Hanna, Toronto – King Street, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Emeryville CA.

Herman Miller’s Shell Shorts: A Concise History of the Eames Shell Chair

Apr 6, 2014

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We’ve been loving the latest installments of WHY, the online essay series from EQ3+ partner Herman Miller exploring why they do what they do. WHY’s most recent essay, Shell Shorts, condenses 70 some years of Eames Shell Chair history into just a few short paragraphs.

 

It sounded like an impossible task, but they did it!

 

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“The story of the Eames Plastic Shell Chair really began more than ten years prior to Charles and Ray’s 1950 debut of their now iconic design…”¹ says Amber Bravo in the opening paragraph of her essay Shell Shorts.

 

Bravo goes on to look at the Eameses initial attempts at shaping plywood, their work with fiberglass for the original Eames Shell Chair, and then their move to molded wood and polypropelene alternatives when the original fiberglass version was deemed unsafe to produce. Bravo brings the story full circle with mention of Herman Miller’s newly reintroduced and environmentally safe Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs, which were released last month.

 

A set of 12 Eames gifs (you’ve got to see these gifs!) accompany the post, offering a fun look at the fiberglass production process. The gifs act as movie trailers for a series of Instagram videos that Herman Miller released earlier this week. Follow @HermanMiller on Instagram to watch all 10 Shell Shorts.

 

Source:

1. HermanMiller.com, WHY: Shell Shorts, written by Amber Bravo for Herman Miller.

Visions of Urban Living: The FvF Apartment by Vitra

Mar 4, 2014

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Freunde von Freunden, translated as “Friends of Friends,” is an international interview magazine portraying people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds. The magazine brings attention to artistic industries and provides an authentic look at the way people live and work. Just as its name implies, Freunde von Freunden started out by sharing portraits and stories of their friends. In just a few short years, the magazine has extended its reach globally, and today FvF features interviews with artists, designers and creatives from almost every part of the world.

 

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Interior of Artbau (translated as “Old Building”), the FvF Apartment by Vitra.

 

Freunde von Freunden has always been about people, but you can also count on them to deliver gorgeous photography of the apartments and workplaces where these creatives live and work. The concept of international urban living is presented throughout Freunde von Freuden’s work (including their 2011 printed publication, the FvF Berlin Book) and a common thread was discovered: Suiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. In over 500 portraits of international creatives, in almost 50 cities internationally, Vitra has always been a reappearing and natural, but not coincidental, component.

 

Based on their common styles and experiences, Vitra and Freunde von Freudon opened Altbau, their first apartment in Berlin, last week. Altbau, translated as “Old Building,” is a 65 square metre (700 square foot) flexible and adaptable space. The apartment will offer a platform for innovative products from friends and fellow partners, and will serve as a venue for events and presentations.

 

We’re a big fan of Freunde von Freudon, and since EQ3 is an authorized Vitra dealer, we’re naturally excited to follow this new collaborative project. We encourage you to check out Vitra.com and FreundevonFreundon.com each month to see more inspiring examples of selected creative minds.

 

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Image Source: All photos used with permission from Vitra.

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