Entries Tagged as 'Design'

Eames Design Event Photo Montage

Sep 29, 2013

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Last weekend, the EQ3 Winnipeg store played host to about 140 of the city’s biggest design enthusiasts and professionals to officially closeout the 2013 Winnipeg Design Festival.

 

Eames Demetrios, Director of the Eames Office and grandson of the legendary mid-century modern design duo Charles and Ray Eames, joined us as the festival’s keynote speaker. The theme for the night was Eames Design Thinking: 36 Years On. There was great food, wine, music and conversation; and, off course, an inspiring presentation from Eames. It was the perfect way to cap off the festival.

 

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Keynote speaker, Eames Demetrios, prepping for his presentation before guests arrive.

 

The Winnipeg store had received a complete reno just prior to the big event, giving guests a chance to check out the new design at the party…with drinks in hand! Thank you to everyone who took in the event and celebrated with us. It really was a memorable night.

 

For those of you who couldn’t join us, we have a full photo recap for you below. So pour yourself a glass wine and scroll on down. It’ll be as if you were right in the store there with us.

 

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Emil, one of our guests, arrived with his vintage Eames shell chair in tow! But more on that later…

 

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EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann with Executive Assistant Bridget.

 

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Christina Petersson, EQ3 Product Development Consultant

 

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EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann with Eames Demetrios.

 

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Thom Fougere, EQ3 Creative Director, with members of the Winnipeg Design Festival team.

 

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EQ3 team members, Enri and Bia.

 

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Eames Demetrios and Peter Tielmann with Herbert Enns, Director of Experimental Media Research Group and University of Manitoba Professor of Architecture.

 

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Herbert Enns gave opening remarks at the event.

 

Coming soon! Join us on the blog next week as we launch a mini video series featuring EQ3′s interview with Eames Demetrios.

The Back-story on Vitra’s Tip Ton Chair

Sep 16, 2013

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The widely popular North American blog Design Milk recently posted a fantastic article on the Tip Ton Chair, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (2011) for Vitra. The feature is part of a series that Design Milk is publishing on their blog, exploring classic and modern design, and it covers everything from the intensive research and design development that went into perfecting the chair’s design (complete with sketches of concept typologies) to the actual manufacturing process.

 

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The Tip Ton Chair is universally designed, offering two sitting positions that support proper posture for all functions. Occupants can sit normal in an upright position or sit forward in a slightly tilted position. You can read Design Milk’s article Tipping Point: The Tip Ton Chair for the full story. And, you can visit EQ3.com to shop for the Tip Ton and other EQ3+ Vitra products.

 

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Celebrate Color: 50 Years of Pantone

Aug 27, 2013

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Pantone is the go-to authority on colour for designers and design-focused companies (like EQ3) everywhere. They act as “the standard language for colo(u)r communication” (quoted from Pantone.com) and are looked yearly for their colour forecasts and trend reports.

 

Ever heard of a little thing called Color of the Year? Well, that’s compliments of these guys.

 

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This year marks the company’s 50th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, Pantone has created a fun colour-themed infographic that recaps 50 years in colour. See colour trends organized by decade, past Color of the Year selections, as well as the top three colours that trended on social media in 2012.

 

You can view Pantone’s colour infographic here. And, for more color inspiration, check out this visual inventory from EQ3′s Creative Director Thom Fougere.

The 2013-14 Catalogue Is Here

Aug 20, 2013

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We’re excited to announce the arrival of the EQ3 2013-2014 Catalogue!

 

It’s important to us that our catalogue represents everyday modern living. This is why all of the lifestyle images you’ll find on it’s pages were photographed inside real homes, belonging to real people. We scouted out some amazing spaces – both big and small – for this year’s publication. Get inspired by the mix of architecture, design and furniture featured.

 

To help celebrate the new release, we’ve pulled together some behind-the-scenes photos, along with some fun facts and figures that give an insider’s look into the making of the catalogue.

 

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A BOOK BY IT’S COVER

 

The cover image for the 2013 Catalogue was shot on the last day of a two week whirlwind, inside a downtown condo that was (and still is) under construction. The elevators weren’t yet functioning and the ideal space we wanted to use was 5 stories up. The production team considered using the outdoor pulley system, intended for bricks and other building materials, to haul furniture up and down. With visions of injuries and other disasters, we decided to bite the bullet and walk all the product up the stairs. We feared we’d lose some key staff that day, but thankfully we all survived.

 

 

THE FIRST AND THE LAST

 

First space to be photographed: Elise Sofa lifestyle (Page 25, see below for our behind-the-scenes shot).

Last space to be photographed: Stride Sleeper lifestyle (Page 26).

 

 

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LIFESTYLE PHOTOSHOOT: A NUMBER GAME

 

Time it took to prep for photoshoot: 6 months

Number of sets designed for the shoot: 0

Number of real life homes we shot in: 7

Number of photographers flown in from Europe: 1

Time spent ‘on location’: 2 weeks

Average number of people on set each day: 9

Number of fights that broke out: None (thank goodness)

Number of tacos eaten: 12

Amount of coffee runs required for survival: 16 (give or take)

Number of shots achieved: 43

Actual number of lifestyle photos to make it into the catalogue: 21 *including one that makes an encore appearance from our 2012 catalogue

 

 

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE

 

Cutest moment: Sneaking a furry friend into the shot. Find her on Page 2.

 

Most Awkward Moment: Accessory and Product Coordinator Carla pushing for her favourite new lantern – the Hurricane – to be prominently featured in several lifestyles, only to have it removed out of the shot time and time again. It just wasn’t meant to be. Sorry Carla.

 

Most Ridiculous Moment: Graphic Designer Alex living with a bedroom in his living room (and his living room in the hallway) for 4 days. See the Harvest Bedroom lifestyle shot we achieved in his space on Pages 66-67.

 

Best Moment: When the team successfully brought everything back down the 5 flights of stairs after the final shoot. No injuries!

 

 

BETWEEN THE PAGES

 

Number of new products appearing in the 2013/14 catalogue for the first time: 35 *look for the “New” badge tagging each item or collection

Number of additional new accessories, bedding and rugs featured in catalogue: 32

Number of fabrics and leathers offered in the 2013/14 catalogue: 91 fabrics and 57 leathers

Number of times food was used as a prop: 5

Number of cups, mugs and/or glasses that made it into the catalogue: 18

And, number of indoor plants featured in rooms (there’s a lot of them!): 34 *see if you can spot them all

 

 

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Thanks for recapping the good times with us. You can flip through an online version of the catalogue here (or download a copy here). You can also visit your local store to pick up a printed copy.

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts about the new publication! Tweet us @EQ3_Furniture or leave us a comment on our Facebook Page.

108 Years of Herman Miller

Jul 23, 2013

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Iconic furniture design brand Herman Miller recently launched WHY, a digital platform exploring the stories behind Herman Miller and why they what they do. WHY will tell a different story each week, showcasing the talents of various writers, artists, illustrators, photographers and videographers. The new platform is fitting of the company, who’s been exploring and rethinking design practices for the past 108 years. For the first installation of WHY, Dutch animators Part of a Bigger Plan were asked to answer the question “Why has Herman Miller thrived for 108 years?”

 

The animators answered back with 108 Years in 108 Seconds - a short, animated video, illustrating a timeline of key moments in Herman Miller’s history.

 

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Coming Soon!

Some exciting news relating to Herman Miller is on it’s way, so stay tuned for the big announcement.

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