Entries Tagged as 'Design'

‘Real’ Social Networking with PechaKucha

Dec 13, 2013

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Last week, we braved the cold (oh so cold!) weather to attend PechaKucha Night Winnipeg, Volume 16 at Park Theatre. “PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything, really – in the PechaKucha 20×20 format,” says the PechaKucha website (PechaKucha.org). The event originated in Japan in 2003, but it’s popularity has grown significantly and you can now find local chapters all over the world.



Graphic for Volume 16 from the PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Facebook Page


The name PechaKucha comes from the Japanese term for chit chat. Events feature a line-up of presenters, who all speak on the topic of their choice. A slideshow of 20 images that each presenter has prepared in advance plays in the background while they talk, with each image appearing on-screen for exactly 20 seconds. If you’re like us and can’t do the math on a Friday afternoon, fear not! Wikipedia did it for us: each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.


Our favourites from Winnipeg’s most recent meet-up were Ray Fenwick, a local artist and designer, and Thom Fougere, a furniture designer and EQ3′s Creative Director (no bias’ here…this really is our honest opinion).


Here’s a sampling of slides from Thom’s PechaKucha presentation to give you an idea of what this can look like:



Slide 6 of 20: Steel Wood Table by Thom Fougere.



Slide 13 of 20: Interior of EQ3′s Flagship Store in Toronto. Design concept by Thom Fougere.



Slide 18 of 20: Thom Fougere + Børge Mogensen Pop Up Shop for the 2013 Winnipeg Design Festival.



Learn more about PechaKucha by visiting the FAQ section on their site. 

You can also find the PechaKucha event neareast you here.

Canada’s First Active House

Nov 18, 2013

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Great Gulf Active House is a collaboration between Canadian home builder company Great Gulf and Toronto-based architects superkül. Located in Ontario’s Niagara region, Great Gulf is the first residence in Canada to meet the construction metrics outlined by the Danish Active House program. Initiated by a group of European academics, scientists, architects, engineers and building manufacturers, the program promotes a holistic approach to home design, where homes are expected to contribute positively to the health and well-being the environment, as well as the home’s residents.



Front facade of Great Gulf Active House. Images: credit of Great Gulf.



Skylights and windows create naturally light-filled spaces and minimize the need for artificial light.



superkül  is well-versed in sustainable home design, making them a good fit for the project.


“We’ve designed several green homes, but this project presented the exciting opportunity to collaborate with Great Gulf and the Active House Alliance to create a new paradigm for the sustainably-minded and health-conscious homebuyer,” said Andre D’Elia, a Principal at superkül and the lead architect for Great Gulf Active House.




Exterior walls, roof and floor systems were all prefabricated in a Toronto factory.



Their design strategy considered the environmental impact of the entire lifecycle of the home from concept to performance, as well as the impact of the home on its users. The home’s exterior walls, roof and floor systems were prefabricated in Toronto at the Brockport Home Systems factory – a sustainable choice that reduced material waste and energy usage, and that improved construction accuracy and quality. The prefab system was then expedited to the Niagara region, where it was put together on-site in just one week. The home’s innovative and modern construction is a complete departure from the traditional homes in the area; and, that may be what we love most about this Active House. It’s nice to see variety in the suburbs, which is often characterized by homogenous housing.


Great Gulf Active House has a long-list of environmentally-friendly features that optimize natural lighting and air quality. You can read up more on the home’s sustainable features in this article from Tree Hugger.













Image Source: All photographs credited to Great Gulf

0##_Shade Lighting Exhibit at Make Coffee

Nov 14, 2013

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We decided to switch up our routine one chilly morning last week. Instead of heading straight to the office, we made our way over to Make / Coffee + Stuff, an espresso bar and retail space located on Winnipeg’s popular Corydon Avenue. Sandwiched between an insurance office and frozen yogurt shop, Make’s outside appearance is small and somewhat unassuming. In fact, a first-time customer popped in during our visit and was shocked to learn the espresso bar had been open for close to a year already. But, don’t let it’s size fool you.


Walk through Make’s front door and you’ll instantly be drawn in by it’s raw, architectural design and wonderful aroma. And, thanks to the ever-changing design exhibits and events on rotation at Make, the space’s interior design feels like it’s constantly evolving.



0##_Shade International Competition lighting exhibit at Make / Coffee + Stuff (Winnipeg, Canada).



The shop’s founder and owner, Jae-Sung Chon, has a long list of design creds, making the events and exhibitions he hosts, all the more meaningful. In addition to running Make, Jae is the founder, partner and creative director at STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Form), as well as a teacher in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He also led the Migrating Landscape entry to the Venice Biennale along with 5468796 Architecture Inc. and was selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.


Jae’s strong ties to the design industry across Canada and abroad, and his simple offering of quality espresso and coffee make for a unique experience. It’s fostering engagement between the public and the design community, something that’s rarely seen in Winnipeg – or anywhere, for that matter.








On this particular visit, we were going for 0##_Shade (the Shade International Competition lighting exhibit), but found ourselves with a warm cuppa’ in hand, caught up in conversation with Jae. After being sufficiently caffeinated, we grabbed our camera and did a walk-through of the space. Lighting designs selected as Finalists in the competition were suspended at various heights from the ceiling of the long, narrow space. We weren’t sure what impressed us more about 0##_Shade – the fantastic designs on display or the impressive A-list of industry professionals Jae had brought in to judge the competition.


On the panel was Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel of Omer Arbel Office, Toronto design curators/retailers John Baker and Julie Daoust of MJOLK, Winnipeg industrial designer and EQ3 Creative Director Thom Fougere of Thom Fougere Studio, Toronto editorial director Nelda Rodger of Azure Magazine, Berlin industrial designers Philipp Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo, and Tokyo-based architect Jun Shibata of Kengo wKuma and Associates.


These wooden light fixtures (pictured below) by locals Karen Hare and Jason Hare were Thom’s favourites from the competition. You can read up more on Karen and Jason’s lighting designs in last week’s Remodelista blog post The Fire within: A Wood Pendant Light with Charred Interior.




Jury Award selected by Nelda Rodger (Azure Magazine) and by Thom Fougere (Thom Fougere Studio) / Design by Karen Hare + Jason Hare, Winnipeg, Canada






Make-Coffee-Shade04Jury Award selected by John Baker and Juli Daoust (MJOLK) / Design (pictured in forefront) by Renee Struthers, Winnipeg, Canada



Jury Award selected by Omer Arbel (OAO) / Design (pictured right) by Brandon Bergem + Juliana Kusyk, Winnipeg, Canada



Jury Award selected by Philipp Schopfer and Daniel  Klapsing  (45 Kilo) / Design by Fumio Hirakawa + Marina Topunova (24º Studio), Kobe, Japan



Thanks Jae for a great morning out! Visit Makecoffee.ca to stay on top of the latest design happenings at Make / Coffee + Stuff.

Playing Favourites II: Geometry (Textures) on at Design Exchange

Nov 12, 2013

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Geometric forms have emerged as a strong design trend in recent years, crossing creative disciplines like industrial, interior and graphic design, as well as art and architecture, but this growing trend actually uses basic design elements and principles that have been around for ages.




Canada’s Design Museum, the Design Exchange (DX) is exploring this theme with their newest exhibition titled Playing Favourites II: Geometry (Textures).  The Design Exchange asked some of the nation’s best architects and designers about the Canadian structures, graphics and objects that interest them most from the DX permanent collection of post war and contemporary Industrial Design.


The result is a collection of Canadian works – both old and new – exploring shape, point, line, pattern and tactility. The exhibition highlights the processes, materials, sensations and elements of design, and includes designs by Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin, Michal Maciej Bartosik, Frank Gehry, Castor, Tobias Wong, Jonathan Sabine, Patty Johnson, Robin Bush, Zoe Mowat, Stefan Siwinski and more.



Les Ailes Noires (2012), Steel. Designer: +tongtong



Amateur Masters Chair (2012), Polycaprolactone wax. Designer: Jerszy Seymour



Left: Abstraction Tapestry (2010), Merino wool. Designer: Philippe Malouin / Right: Wiggle Chair (1972), Cardboard. Designer: Frank Gehry


Geometry (Textures) is on now through January 3, 2014 at the Design Exchange. If you plan on taking in the event, EQ3′s Creative Director Thom Fougere has a few suggestions for designers to check out: Castor, Tobias Wong, Zoe Mowat and Patty Johnson.


And, for more design visuals around this theme, check out EQ3′s new ‘Geometry’ Pinterest Board.

Inside Alessi and Michael Graves’ 9093 Kettle

Oct 30, 2013


The Alessi Facebook Page just posted this video tour of their factory. At just over 30 seconds long, the video offers a cool, fast-forwarded look at the production process of Michael Graves’ iconic 9093 Kettle with bird whistle.


You can watch the video clip here.

Alessi-Video-Factory-9093-KettleVideo by Alessi.


Introduced by Alessi in 1985, the Michael’s kettle combines influences from Art Deco, Pop Art and even the language of cartoons. The bird sitting on the kettle’s spout actually sings when the water is boiled. A matching sugar bowl and creamer are also available. You can shop all of these EQ3+ Alessis products and more here.

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