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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

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.

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