Entries Tagged as 'Design'

The RAW:almond Experience

Feb 8, 2014


As promised, today we’re recapping last weekend’s experience at RAW:almond in Winnipeg.


The river pop up restaurant is a simple, ice-inspired structure constructed out of twisted scaffolding. From a distance, the restaurant looked quiet and unassuming – it’s white tented structure disappearing into the surrounding landscape of ice and snow – but as we approached the tent, we were greeted by a bright magenta lit corridor that hinted at the fun waiting for us inside.



Chef Mandel Hitzer (Deer+Almond) with Chef Ben Kramer from (Diversity Food Services)




We entered the tent bundled in several layers of winter wear, preparing ourselves for a cold night on the ice, but the interior of the tent was surprisingly warm. We’d like to think that it was the excitement and energetic buzz that kept the chill out that night.


Much like the restaurant’s exterior, the interior of the tent was designed to be simple and functional. The first section was set up for 30 diners (including EQ3′s own Thom, Madi and Tessa). A long, black communal table filled much of the space, and was surrounded by thirty wood stumps covered with sheepskin throws. A twisted metal sculpture and exposed bulbs were suspended above the table, doubling as ambient lighting and art. Chef Scott Bagshaw from Deseo Bistro was preparing the feast that night: five soul-warming courses with beer, wine and spirit pairings.



Thom (EQ3′s Creative Director) and Madi (EQ3′s Casegoods Product Developer) were seated at the main table.



Chef Mandel Hitzer assists the Head Chef of the night, Scott Bagshaw of Deseo Bistro.





Daniel from local blog Charcoal Collaborative was our server at the Tasting Bar.


Charles and I (Amy) joined a smaller group of 10 at the back of the restaurant, where a lighter tasting bar was set-up. We instantly loved the cozy and casual atmosphere of this space, which was outfitted with a wooden table and bench-style seating. The table and surrounding walls were covered with handwritten notes and other graffiti. There was excitement among the group and lots of chatter the entire night. Each meal brought on more oohs and aahs. More conversation. It was our first time meeting the other guests, but there was an immediate sense of camaraderie…one that can only be forged by food and the communal table.


And, speaking of food! Chef Ben Kramer from Diversity Food Services was cooking tapas that evening. His restaurant and catering business focus on local, fresh and natural fare, so we knew we were in for a treat. The tapas meal included three special snacks and a boozy accompaniment for each. We were already feeling happily stuffed when Chef Kramer surprised us with a fourth course to satisfy our sweet tooth. Here’s a breakdown of the menu…





Course 1: Manitoba Pho

Stonewood elk, soba noodles, edamame, chili, scallion, pickled mushrooms.









Course 2: Sustainable Seafood

Seared hand-caught scallop, braised kale, vegetable chutney, white anchovies, chickpea crisp.









Course 3: Pork N Beans

Smoked pinto beans, pork belly, grilled bread, housemade horseradish mustard, pickled apple.









Course 4: Fair Trade Organic Pot du Crème

Coconut Ice Cream, dried cookie/hazelnut crumble, pomegranate seeds.










Chef Mandel Hitzer and Chef Ben Kramer wrapped up the night by collecting donations for the Great Canadian Sleepout.

It was in that moment that we could fully understand what RAW:almond is all about. So much more than a place to get good food, RAW:almond is about coming together…about celebrating northern culture through the things Winnipeggers can relate to best: food, art, community and design.


Check out this press listing for more great features on the event. Or check out this interview with RAW:almond co-visionary Joe Kalturnyk.

Toronto Design Week Dinner + Make Your Own Marimekko Napkins

Feb 4, 2014

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Last month, we hosted an intimate dinner and discussion at the EQ3 flagship store in Liberty Village. The idea came together simply out of opportunity: EQ3′s own Creative Director Thom Fougere was going to be in town for Toronto Design Week, as were Marimekko’s Ceramics Designer Sami Ruotsalainen and Herman Miller’s Senior Sales Manager Lisa Hubbs. A small group of local and national design journalists were invited to attend the event, and we were thrilled to round out the guest list with Arren Williams (Creative Director Home) and Michael Pinet (Buyer Furniture) from Hudson’s Bay. Not only are they one of the most historic and well-loved brands in the country, Hudson’s Bay houses an EQ3 gallery within many of their Canadian stores!




Thom started the night off with a tour of our flagship store. The group was shown new offerings from the EQ3+ Herman Miller line, including the Mirra 2 Chair and a special sneak peek at two Navy Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs (the first of these newly reformulated chairs to come to Canada). Following the tour, everyone sat down for a delicious meal catered by Parts + Labour, and a discussion about the current state of Canadian design and what the future holds. The group also talked about the EQ3+ line, and how iconic brands such as Marimekko and Herman Miller complement EQ3 product. Marimekko adds colour and vibrancy to our stores with their boldly patterned goods, and Herman Miller completes our room settings with their classic designs.


The dinner took place around one large communal dining table comprised of two EQ3 Harvest Tables. White Eames Molded Plastic Chairs lined each side and the new Navy Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs took pride of place at the head of the table. The table was set with our Partake Flatware, a selection of EQ3 Basics glassware and the Oiva side plate (one of Sami’s ceramic designs for Marimekko). To finish off each place setting, we had dinner napkins sewn specially for the event using fabric from EQ3′s Marimekko shop in shop.


Read on for easy 3-step instructions to this DIY project.









Making your own dinner napkins is easier than you think. All you need for this project are some basic sewing skills and a few metres of your favourite fabric!


Materials + Supplies: 


Fabric (we used Marimekko’s Jurmo in heavy weight cotton)

Spool of thread (we used blue to coordinate with our fabric)

Sewing machine with serger attachment






Step 1: Measure and cut fabric into a 19″ x 19″ square piece.





Step 2: Serge the edges of the square piece to prevent fabric from fraying.





Step 3: Sew a 1/2″ seam on all four sides of fabric. Finished size of napkin should be 18″ square.





And, that’s it! Just repeat the process until you have the desired number of napkins.


Thinking of trying this project? We’d love to see it.

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Herman Miller Mirra 2 Chair by Studio 7.5

Jan 23, 2014

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We recently came across an essay from Herman Miller, titled “Sit. Stand. Move. Repeat.,” discussing the importance of moving throughout the work day. It’s an interesting article that will leave you questioning the amount of time you spend sitting at the office. Herman Miller is not suggesting we abandon our desk chairs and stand all day (this would have its own health risks), they’re simply showing the benefits of a flexible work environment, one that moves with you as you go about your day.


The Mirra 2 Chair (new to the EQ3+ Herman Miller line) does just that.




Ten years after creating the award-winning Mirra Chair for Herman Miller, the Berlin-based designers of Studio 7.5 are once again advancing the way we sit. Mirra 2 moves as you do, at one with your body.¹ The chair is leaner and lighter than it’s earlier model, and responds to even the slightest of movements, supporting you wherever you go.²


In addition to advancing the chair’s technology, Studio 7.5 and Herman Miller also worked to reduce the chair’s environmental impact: it’s up to 93% recyclable and made with 46% recycled content.³ Even through all of these changes, Studio 7.5 has stayed true to their original vision – to create a chair that could react to what people do.



This video will introduce you to the chair:

The designers of Studio 7.5 on how Mirra 2 advances how you sit


Designer’s Passion, video by Herman Miller


Try out Herman Miller’s Mirra 2 Chair at an EQ3 store near you, or check it out in our online store here.




1. HermanMiller.com, Experience Mirra 2.

2. HermanMiller.com, Product Downloads, Environmental Information: Environmental Product Summary: Mirra 2 Chairs.

3. HermanMiller.com, Product Downloads, Product Literature: Mirra 2 Chairs Product Sheet.

‘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

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