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How To: Care For Indoor Plants

Jun 9, 2015

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Indoor plants can purify the air, improve our mood, and enhance our spaces, but these benefits are only achievable when the plants are alive and healthy. That’s why we’ve put together the top ten tips for houseplant care. This should help those of us without green thumbs to have green homes.

 

1. Know Your Plant. Each plant is different, so before purchasing you should do a little research to find out whether it thrives in direct light, indirect light or shade and how often they need watering. If the plant doesn’t come with one already, make a cheat sheet with this information and stick it in the soil so you don’t forget.

 

2. Fertilize. Many of us don’t think to fertilize our houseplants, but it is very important. Follow the directions on the fertilizer you purchase.

 

3. Water Consistently. Over and under watering can stress a plant’s root system. Most plants like having their roots consistently moist – others prefer to be on the drier side. If that seems like a big hassle – at least water your plants once a week.

 

4. Quarantine. New plants can have disease or insects that can quickly spread to your healthy plants. Keep them away from other plants for two weeks and keep an eye out for any problems.

 

5. Bath Time. Dust makes it difficult for our houseplants to breathe. Take them into the shower and give them a good bath with warm water a few times a year.

 

6. Avoid Problem Areas. Don’t place plants near spaces that change dramatically in temperature. For example, avoid placing a plant near an air duct or a frosty window.

 

7. Drainage Is Key. Make sure the pot your plant is in has proper drainage. This will allow excess water to flow out freely. Otherwise, the roots can rot and the plant can die.

 

8. Buy Potting Soil. Don’t try to save money by using soil from outside – this can contain insects, weed seeds and disease.

 

9. Observe. Brown patches on leaves, wilting midday, and faded leaves could mean your plant is getting too much light. Whereas, yellow leaves, small leaves and slow growth could mean your plant isn’t getting enough light.

 

10. Repot. If you can see roots on the surface or growth has stopped completely – it may be time to repot your houseplant. If a plant is thriving – do not repot. The new pot should not be more than 2 inches deeper or wider than the old pot; otherwise, the plant will have too much space and this will stunt its growth.

 

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/how-to-care-for-potted-plants

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/houseplant-pests/5168.html

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/houseplants/

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/house-plant-care-tips.html

NYCxDESIGN

May 28, 2015

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NYCxDESIGN is New York City’s official citywide celebration of design spanning all disciplines and staged across the five boroughs. This year’s design week was May 8-19th and I was lucky enough to visit ICFF, Sight Unseen Offsite, WantedDesign NYC, WantedDesign Brooklyn, and the Collective Design Fair. Below I’ve selected just a fraction of highlights from the trip. Please excuse the photos – I only brought an iphone!

 

 

The Vitra booth at ICFF showcased the Mariposa sofa designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, 2014.

 

 

Herman Miller

 

Herman Miller celebrated the release of the Girard ottomans and Girard hexagonal table.

 

 

Sahn 1

 

Vancouver based Sahn updates the bicycle helmut.

 

 

Ana Kras

 

Matter highlighted Slon by Ana Kras.

 

 

Matter Made

 

Slon table by Ana Kras and Type Cast chairs by Philippe Malouin at Matter.

 

 

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Discus short cluster by Jamie Gray at Matter Made.

 

 

B Zippy and Co 1

 

B. Zippy and Company is a design line by artist Bari Ziperstein, made by hand in Glassell Park, CA in North East Los Angeles.

 

 

Candle Holders

 

A total dream – American Design Club + Roll & Hill candle display.

 

 

Chiaozza 1

 

Chiaozza display at Sight Unseen Offsite.

 

Paper Craft Animation

May 21, 2015

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Back in January I wrote a short blog post on paper craft in graphic design. Since then I’ve found several notable examples of paper craft being used in stop motion animation, and thought I would share.

 

Kijek / Adamski have made several animations involving thousands of painted laser cut paper elements, which are layered in front of each other to create the movement.

 

 

Curtin University Degree from Kijek / Adamski on Vimeo.

 

 

“Curtin University Degree” Making of – Kijek/Adamski from Strange Beast on Vimeo.

 

Cris Wiegandt in Berlin has created many animations involving paper craft, including this series for Nickelodeon.

 

 

Nickelodeon Kindernet from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.

 

Here’s another by Cris Wiegandt

 

 

Artbox Campaign 2014 from cris wiegandt on Vimeo.

 

Chit-Chat-Roulette by David Luepschen involves paper crafted backgrounds with hand puppets.

CHIT CHAT ROULETTE from David Luepschen on Vimeo.

 

Here are a couple more of interest.

 

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Miami by Hattie Newman

 

 

Synesthesia from Stefan Iyapah on Vimeo.

 

New Additions: Mesa Custom

May 19, 2015

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EQ3’s popular Mesa table is expanding into an entirely customizable collection. Until now, the Mesa has been offered as a round dinette with a black base and a white marble top. The Mesa collection now offers two sizes of tops (rectangular dining and round dinette), three top options (white marble, black marble, and oak), and four base colour options (black, dark teal, eggplant, kelly green, and yellow). With all of these options, you can create 30 unique Mesa configurations to suit any space or style.

 

The solid iron sheet metal legs are powder coated locally in Winnipeg, then shipped out across Canada and the United States to stores and customers. Since there are so many possible combinations, each EQ3 store will receive their own unique collection of Mesa bases, tops and sizes.

 

The table was designed by the German design team 45 KILO; founded in 2007 by Philip Schopfer and Daniel Klapsing. Check out their website and our previous article from Mesa’s launch in 2014 on the links below.

 

http://45kilo.com/en/

 

http://blog.eq3.com/?s=45+kilo

 

(From left to right) Mesa rectangular in oak top and eggplant base, Mesa dinette in white marble top and yellow base, and Mesa dinette in black marble top and black base.

Mesa rectangular oak top, eggplant base | Mesa white marble top,  yellow base | Mesa black marble top, black base

 

#TBT

May 14, 2015

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Throwback Thursday is a recurring Internet theme that encourages the online community to share old photographs (traditionally of people) via social networks once a week. The proliferation of #tbt is largely credited to Instagram – the online mobile photo-sharing networking service; Just ten months after instagram introduced hashtags to the platform in 2011, #tbt became an established trend. The theme, however, is cross-platform and can be found on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and blogs such as this.

 

A little late to the game, we decided it was time to contribute to the tbt community. In order to do so we dusted off some shelves and looked into EQ3’s equivalent of a family photo album – our catalogues. One Thursday every month, we will post an image from our past; Chucklesome or inspiring, we will honour the past by posting in the present.

 

 

#TBT 2002

#TBT 2002

 

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