This past weekend Carla and Nina, from EQ3’s Accessory Product Development team, took their skills to the streets of Winnipeg, Canada as part of Table for 1200 – a pop-up outdoor dining experience celebrating the local design scene.
The event was an initiative by award-winning, Canadian architecture firm 5468796 Architecture and StorefrontMB, with food organized by the co-founders of the RAW:almond winter pop-up restaurant. People from all over the city joined together to be entertained and to engage in a conversation about the value of architecture and design.One hundred and fifty tables of 8 were set up to form one 1200 foot long table. The tables lined Provencher Bridge, a prominent structure on the Red River that overlooks Winnipeg’s downtown skyline, The Forks historic meeting place, and the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (the latter is set to open this Fall 2014).
Carla and Nina were assigned co-captains of one table of eight, and were in charge of the table’s design and hosting the table’s guests. Here, Nina talks briefly about the design concept her and Carla came up with, and what inspired it:
“We chose to work with a variety of textiles, as we felt they were representative of Winnipeg’s different cultures coming together. Our knowledge of textiles supplied us with the idea, as each piece is unique in its materiality, weave and production process. The folds in which the fabrics meet symbolize the ways we come together. Sometimes we meet in small ways, and sometimes we come together in a much bigger way, like Table for 1200. Our table was a mosaic of fabric like Winnipeg is a mosaic of culture. We’re very proud to be one small part of such a diverse city.” – Nina, EQ3 Accessory Product Developer
Image Sources: All photographs credited to Carla Zacharias and Nina Quark