Entries Tagged as 'Design'

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.



© 2014 Marimekko


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.






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!




“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.



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.


FvF Apartment by Vitra_406100

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.


FvF Apartment by Vitra_406101


FvF Apartment by Vitra_406103


Image Source: All photos used with permission from Vitra.

Herman Miller Reintroduces Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs

Mar 3, 2014

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It’s a big day for the design community! Today marks the much anticipated return of the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs to the Herman Miller Collection, in collaboration with the Eames Office. Also referred to as Shell Chairs, the Molded Fiberglass Chair was designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, and later discontinued in 1980 when the chair’s plastic shells was discovered to be environmentally harmful.


With advancements in safe fiberglass composition, the newly reintroduced Shell Chair is able to retain the lightly textured surface of fiberglass that everyone loves about the original, while honouring its commitment to environmental sustainability. The new chair utilizes a more environmentally sensitive material chemistry and manufacturing process. Wet glue adhesives, thermal oxidizers and other environmental control equipment have been eliminated from the production process, resulting in an emission-free product and safer working conditions for production workers. In addition, the chair’s shell is now recyclable!




The new Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs are available in both the arm and side chair format, 8 archival colour options, and can be configured with the base of your choice: wire, dowel leg, stacking, rocker, and 4-leg.


We’re excited to offer these iconic chairs to our customers through the EQ3+ product line! Visit your local EQ3 retail store to place a custom order, or choose from EQ3’s favourite combinations online.


Learn more about the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs on the Herman Miller website.

Phillip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo

Feb 13, 2014

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Get to know the guys behind EQ3’s new Mesa Dinette Table!


Phillip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing, the Berlin-based designers behind the 45 Kilo moniker, are self proclaimed “super normal people” who have an innate understanding of the type of furniture people want to live with. Folding together woods, metals, stone and copper into uncomplicated shapes, their aesthetic is striking but not flashy, current but not trendy, and is helping them make a name for themselves with their concise line of furniture and lighting. They cite functionality as their main inspiration and will often spend months re-building the same piece in their workshop until they strip away everything but the essentials.



Portrait of Philip Schöpfer and Daniel Klapsing of 45 Kilo


This traditionally Modernist approach to design could stem back to their education at the Bauhaus University. The Modernist breeding ground, often described as the birthplace of Modernsim, was founded by Walter Gropius and later headed by Mies van der Rohe. Since its initial closure in 1933 the school has gone through a variety of incarnations and focuses. Today the school acts as an incubator for creativity, encouraging exploration beyond the confines of strict Modernism.


However, as the building itself is a relic of the pre-war Modernist heyday, it is impossible to ignore the schools founding principles ingrained into its architecture. According to Daniel, “studying at the Bauhaus-University forces you to regard your own body of work in the wider context of art and design history. Somehow being there motivates you to create things that will last longer than yourself and that will have a certain impact.” The two designers, who describe their process as “putting ideas together, frying them up and seeing what comes out” are inspiring. They design each product as though it is for themselves – meticulously researching every material and production technique, finessing every detail and living with their prototypes for months.



Mesa Table


During our development of the Mesa Dinette Table, it was very interesting to see their process at work. Like many great designs, the table was inspired by a girl – Phillip’s girlfriend had requested a simple dining table that would allow for her to easily seat guests in her starved-for space flat. Taking her requirements and creating a simple, detail driven base that ships easily and assembles even easier, the final design is both functional and beautiful. We are excited to launch the Mesa table as the first of what we hope will be many 45 Kilo for EQ3 collaborations.


We encourage you to learn more about the designers by visiting their website at: www.45kilo.com



Base detail




This article was written by Madi, EQ3’s Casegoods Product Developer, and originally published in the 2013-2014 EQ3 Catalogue. Browse an online version of the catalogue here, or pick up a printed copy at your local store.

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