Entries Tagged as 'Inspiration'

#KindnessBomb Flashmob: 1000 Acts of Kindness

Jun 26, 2014

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Last summer, in conjunction with Marimekko North America, EQ3 Marimekko shop-in-shops took part in the World Karma Project’s “1000 Acts of Kindness” campaign. Each shop in shop featured a temporary art installation of 108 origami cranes, and customers were encouraged to write an act of kindness on a crane, and then to go out and do that act within 48 hours.

 

This weekend, the 1000 Acts of Kindness Origami Installation will be in London, UK for the Southbank Centre Festival of Love. Over 8 million people are expected to attend the event, and World Karma Project is inviting people from across the globe to join them on Twitter for a Kindness Bomb Flashmob!

 

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On Saturday, June 28 @WorldKarmaProj will send out 3 Tweets and a Facebook update: “Unleash #KindnessBomb #1000actsofkindness.” In true flashmob fashion, World Karma Project is encouraging everyone to complete each of their 3 kindness acts within 15 minutes of  the #KindnessBomb Tweets.

 

Of course, no good deed goes to waste, so you may complete your 3 acts of kindness anytime throughout Saturday’s event!

 

Help start the kindness ripple effect:

 

- Take photographs and feed Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #KindnessBomb #1000actsofkindness

- Engage across muliple platforms (Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter)

- And, of course, if you’re lucky enough to be in London, UK this Saturday, stop by the South Bank Centre Festival of Love to see the 1000 Acts of Kindnress Art Installation, and to take part in the live launch of the Kindness Bomb!

 

Follow @WorldKarmaproj on Twitter and visit the Kindness Bomb Event Page on Facebook for more details.

5 Tips for Designing With Urbio

Jun 24, 2014

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We first learned of NYC based designer and organizer, Audrey Sturdevant, during an interview with Urbio’s Co-founder Beau Oyler. When we asked Beau about interesting ways people were using Urbio products, he was quick to point out Audrey’s Instagram account.

 

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Urbio installations in the home of New York designer and organizer, Audrey Sturdevant.

 

And it’s no wonder why!

 

Audrey’s Instagram feed is chock full of Urbio. From attaching Urbio vessels to original brick, to nestling them into green “living” walls, Audrey has found creative ways to get clutter off of floors and tabletops and onto the wall.

 

“Living in a pre-war building in NYC, most of my walls are brick,” says Audrey. “My first ever Urbio project was on exposed brick using the wall pucks. With no green thumb, at the time, I instinctively used nearly weightless faux grass. Soon after, springtime came and I added fresh flowers. Our old brick walls became … a floating garden.”

 

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Audrey has used Urbio in every room in her home, and has learned plenty of lessons along the way. Here Audrey shares 5 Tips for Designing with Urbio:

 

01. Don’t be afraid of size. Those magnets are strong!

 

02. Absolutely every plant, flower, cactus or succulent will look amazing in white.

 

03. Greens are fabulous in every room of the house (try an Urbio herb garden in the kitchen).

 

04. Think outside the dirt. Urbio is a “container” after all, and it can hold just about anything. I have put Urbio to work in dozens of homes as an organizing tool. From nursery to dressing room vanities to home office – Urbio is ideal.

 

05. Paint it… the wall plate that is. I used myself as the guinea pig. I was transitioning my son’s room from baby to big boy and wanted to incorporate Urbio… of course! He was going on 3, and I told him he could choose the accent color. He chose gold. The plates took the spray paint perfectly. The ‘wide mouth’ Urbio vessel currently holds his favorite bedtime stories.

 

For more Urbio ideas, follow Audrey on Instagram @audieandthekid

 

Image Source: Audrey Sturdevant

#YYC’s Sled Island Music and Arts Festival

Jun 13, 2014

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Like many cities in the Canadian Prairies, Calgary’s downtown area is more populated by cars than it is by people. Inspired by the street life generated out east during Pop Montreal, former music venue owner Zak Pashak founded Sled Island (2007), an annual music & arts festival.

 

The festival is less than a decade old, but don’t let it’s young age fool you! Sled Island has already been named one of 14 music festivals to check out in North America by Time Magazine.

 

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Pashak’s goal for the festival was to break down the barriers between different businesses, music fans and age groups, and to fill the downtown core with as many different types of people as possible. And he’s done just that. The festival now takes over 35+ venues and features a wide variety of music, film, art, comedy and more. There’s something for everyone – some of it familiar, and some of it new and waiting to be discovered!

 

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EQ3 Calgary is excited to return as a community partner of Sled Island. Festival pass holders will receive 15% off all regular priced items from EQ3 Calgary (offer excludes Herman Miller) during the festival. Plus, those who purchase their pass by June 15th can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 EQ3 Credit.

 

“With pretty much all of the venues a short bike ride away, and with a festival wristband, you can see as little or as much of the festival as you want,” says Dom Adam, EQ3 Calgary’s Store Manager. “You can plan out all of your shows at SledIsland.com, which lets you build a custom schedule, or you can just wing it and maybe see some acts that you’ve never heard of. Chances are you’ll meet some good new people and see some good bands.”

 

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You can get the full 2014 festival schedule here, but first, check out these Sled Island show recommendations from Dom!

 

TUESDAY 

01. Sled Island Kick-Off Party at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage

 

WEDNESDAY

02. Shaani Cage (at Central United Church)

03. Rhye (at Central United Church)

04. Disappears (at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)

05. Young Braised (at Local 510)

06. PS I Love You (at Broken City)

 

THURSDAY

07. Get To Know: Calgary (at The Palomino)

08. East Village Block Party curated by The HiFi Club

09. Chelsea Wolfe (at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)

10. Royal Canoe (at The Palomina)

11. Killer Mike (at Republik)

12. Old Man Markley (at Ship & Anchor)

 

FRIDAY

13. Joel Plaskett Emergency curated by The Sport Network’s (TSN’s) Dave Hodge (at Flames Central)

14. Blitzen Trapper (at Olympic Plaza)

15. Neko Case (at Olympic Plaza)

 

SATURDAY

16. Touché Amoré (at #1 Legion – Downstairs)

17. St. Vincent (at Flames Central)

18. Rocket From the Crypt (at Olympic Plaza)

19. Spiritualized (at Olympic Plaza)

20. Shannon and the Clams (at The Palomino) *One of the best shows I saw in 2012

21. Bob Mould (at Republik)

22. Jay Arner (Saturday at Tubby Dog, or Friday at Commonwealth Bar & Stage)

 

SUNDAY

23. Pig Roast (at Republik) *Yes, there is an actual pig roast on Sunday that’s free at the Republik Bar.

 

Image Source: Photographs used with permission by Sled Island

 

Sled Island runs from Wednesday June 18th to Sunday June 22nd, 2014. Visit Sledisland.com for more details and to purchase your festival pass. Purchase by Sunday, June 15th and you can enter to win a $1,000 EQ3 Credit.

EQ3 San Francisco: The Bloggers Tell All

Jun 12, 2014

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We were thrilled to partner with three of San Francisco / Oakland’s top design bloggers to spread the word about our new EQ3 San Francisco retail showroom. Victoria Smith from SF Girl by the Bay, Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34, and Gabrielle Blair from DesignMom all stopped by the showroom before the official launch to see and photograph the space.

 

New store openings are a busy and exciting time for EQ3 staff, and sometimes we’re too immersed in our work to take it all in. So it’s been really fun for us to see EQ3 SF in a new way, through the eyes of these talented bloggers! Each captured the showroom in their own personal way. Victoria described her interaction with the showroom’s design, and the feeling of being in a modern art gallery. Erin wrote about her first encounter with EQ3, back when she was searching for smaller scale furniture for her former condo in Seattle (the original apartment #34). And Gabrielle reminisced about the Marimekko fabric in her childhood home.

 

Read all 3 posts here:

 

SF Girl by the Bay posted: Welcome to San Francisco, EQ3

 

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Image by Cindy Loughridge for sfgirlbybay.com

 

 

Apartment 34 posted: Retail Therapy: EQ3 Comes to San Francisco

 

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Image by Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34

 

 

Design Mom posted: EQ3

 

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Image by Gabrielle Blair for Design Mom

 

Many thanks to Victoria + Cindy, Erin + Aubrie, and Gabrielle for the beautiful features.

 

Image Source: credited as shown above

Thom’s Tour: 7 Things To Do in San Francisco

May 27, 2014

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EQ3′s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is based out of the head office in Winnipeg, Canada, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time in San Francisco designing and overseeing renovations of EQ3′s new retail showroom in the Design District. In between long days at his makeshift desk during construction, Thom found time to explore San Francisco’s unique culture scene.

 

Today, he’s taking us on a virtual tour of his favourite spots in the city.

 

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Over the past few months I have travelled back and forth between San Francisco and Winnipeg frequently during the design and development phases of our new showroom. In each city I visit, I tend to gravitate towards restaurants, cafés, second hand book shops, and art galleries.

 

San Francisco has a good assortment of all of these and more, so here is a list of 7 of my favourites.

 

 

01. Sightglass Coffee

The Sightglass café is within walking distance of our new showroom in the Design District. There a number of really good cafés in San Francisco, including Blue Bottle, and Four Barrel, but Sightglass was my favourite.

Three Locations: Soma District (270 7th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103), Mission District (3014 20th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110), Saturday Farmer’s Market (San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA, 94111)

 

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02. Tartine Bakery

Tartine Bakery is quite busy in the morning with lineups often out the door. It lives up to the hype. One of the best croissants I’ve ever had.

Location: 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110

 

 

03. Huckleberry Bicycles

With such a healthy bike culture, there is no shortage of bike shops in San Francisco. Huckleberry Bicycles is a full service bike shop with a good looking retail front offering a huge variety of products and brands.

Location: 1073 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

 

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04. Trick Dog

My favourite place to catch a drink in San Francisco. It’s also located just down the street from another restaurant I enjoy – Flour + Water.

Location: 3010 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94114

 

 

05. Nopa

Nopa is one of my favourite restaurants in San Francisco. It specializes in organic wood-fired cuisine, in a comforting communal atmosphere.

Location: 560 Divisadero (at Hayes) San Francisco, CA 94117

 

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06. Green Apple Books

It’s second hand book stores like this that really reveal how soulless book shopping at Amazon.com can be. Green Apple Books has a great collection of fiction, non-fiction, art and architecture books.

Location: 506 Clement Street (at 6th Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94118

 

 

07. Muir Woods

The Muir Woods National Monument made me feel small and insignificant. Being surrounded by giant Redwood trees, hundreds of years old (some thousands), can only make you think of the passing of time while trekking through the woods.

Location: Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road Mill Valley, CA 94941

 

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Image Source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

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