Entries Tagged as 'Inspiration'

CATS (& other musings)

Sep 7, 2014

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Pets and babies have been used since the inception of print media as vehicles to soften images and render individuals more relatable. Daisy Woodward who writes one of my favorite monthly online columns The Pets (profiling famous people and their equally famous pets ) for Another magazine  explains this phenomena as such: “Add a child or animal into a shot and the reaction will transform from ‘so-what’ to swoon”.

 

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In our celebrity drenched culture we are constantly bombarded with photos aiming to achieve that aforementioned swoon factor.  Although babies dominated the style sections in the mid 2000’s, lest we forget the days of Suri Cruise, now we see more and more pet-centric images.  Sure we have the North West and Aila Wang’s of the world but people are just as eager to spend hours lamenting over the adorable kitten that was just posted on kittens of Instagram regardless of her lack of sartorial contribution.

 

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In fact, brands are popping up whose entire platform is devoted to showcasing cuteness.  The aforementioned catsofinstagram and their kitten/puppy/dog counterparts make it to the popular page on a daily basis and have developed a variety of social media platforms allowing fans to broadcast their admiration. Many other companies, such as popular NY/LA retailer Creatures of Comfort are taking advantage of the inherent likeability of say, a kitten in a pocket, while simultaneously boosting their exposure by splicing product plugs with sweet or hilarious portrayals of animals. In what may be the most meta approach of them all the publication “Cat People” showcases humans alongside of cats – individuals appear as a requisite supplement to the four legged creatures that are the undisputed stars of the publication.

 

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Being in a business where my job requires me to stay relevant I spend a lot of time on the internet and trolling Instagram, where I often fall prey to vortex of cuteness. I revel in the opportunity to break up my time spent looking at beautiful images of interiors and furniture with something cute and cuddly. In an effort to pay it forward – I present a roundup of some of the cutest images submitted to me featuring cute and cuddly animals with poses ranging from innocent to seductive all with pieces of EQ3 furniture.

 

Furhead posing with an Eames molded plastic rocker.

Furhead posing with an Eames molded plastic rocker

 

Poncho being camera shy in front of an Eve sofa.

Poncho being camera shy in front of an Eve sofa

 

Frankie gives his best bedroom eyes in a Bento bed

Frankie gives his best bedroom eyes in a Bento bed

 

Alan lounging on a Reclaimed Teak Chest

Alan lounging on a Reclaimed Teak Chest

 

Sophie sitting comfortably on a Reverie sofa and Reclaimed Teak coffee table

Sophie sitting comfortably on a Reverie sofa and Reclaimed Teak coffee table

 

Freddie - guest of honor at last weeks dinner - sits on an Eames molded fiberglass armchair.

Freddie – guest of honor at last weeks dinner – sits on an Eames molded fiberglass armchair.

Behind The Scenes – EQ3 Fall/Winter 2014 Catalogue

Sep 5, 2014

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I am a fan of Behind the Scenes footage. Whether it be production stills or scenes from an electronic press kit (EPK) I find it fascinating. Primarily, I enjoy getting a sense of how a production is made: What camera systems had been used? What lenses? What kind of support was being used for the camera – crane or dolly? Steadicam or handheld? Then I like to check out the lighting, then the sets…I could go on and on about what interests me technically. But technical aspects aside, the thing I love most about BTS footage is seeing the people involved candidly at work.

 

While photographing our EQ3 2014-15 Fall/Winter Catalogue I attempted to also capture some BTS footage that I felt would document our work experience on set:

 

 

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Thom + Hasselblad 503CW + CFV50

 

 

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The reverse angle that reveals all. See the final shot on page 27.

 

 

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Stylist extrordinaire Mr. Clifford Goodwill.

 

 

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Fun fact: We tried to incorporate something of Bruno Munari in all our shots.

 


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Foreground foliage. See the result on pages 36 + 37.

 

 

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Thom handling a priceless Bertoia to use in our Reverie + Herman Miller Lounge chair + ottoman shot on pages 8 + 9.

 

 

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Calculating weather patterns + checking out IG.

 

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A storyboard drawing Thom had done for us to re-create. I think we nailed it. Go check it out for yourself on pages 40 + 41.

 

- Charles, EQ3 Marketing Photographer

 

Instagram: August 2014

Sep 3, 2014

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Here’s a roundup of some of our Instagram posts from August on @EQ3_Furniture.

Follow us at @EQ3_Furniture on Instagram for notices on promotions, new products, or for a look behind the scenes at EQ3.

The Craft: A Conversation with Przemek Pyszczek

Aug 25, 2014

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View of Pyszczek’s studio in Berlin, 2014

View of Pyszczek’s studio in Berlin, 2014

 

Winnipeg is a creative hub and many of our aesthetically-driven residents have attended the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Design program focusing on Interior Environments, Architecture, or Landscapes. In fact, many of our Winnipeg-based employees have graduated from the program. This month, we reached out to fellow Environmental Design graduate, visual artist, and Berlin resident Przemek Pyszczek. Pyszczek went to school with EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, and is good friends with EQ3’s Visual Coordinator, Clifford Goodwill.

 

This is our conversation:

 

Where did you grow up and where do you consider home?

I was born in Poland and moved to Winnipeg as a child. Presently I live in Berlin. In response to where I consider home, that’s complicated. My parents live in Winnipeg, however, they moved out of my childhood home during my time in Berlin, so coming back doesn’t have the same nostalgic feeling anymore. As such, I would consider Berlin home because even though I don’t have a nostalgic connection to the city at this point, it is the city that is most in tune with my personality and way of life.

 

How has your education background influenced your work?

The Environmental Design program reinforced my interest in architecture and urbanism, causing me to always observe my surroundings. As my work deals with the physical and social landscape of pre/post-communist era Poland, this has directly influenced my work.

 

When and why did you move to Berlin?

I moved to Berlin in the summer of 2010. I had visited a few times before and really liked the city as it is a large capital and there is always something going on, yet remains very relaxed with no sense of urban chaos. Additionally, I felt an urgency to engage as an artist on a broader international scale, and I knew Berlin was an important art capital that still felt accessible.

 

How has Berlin influenced your art practice?

Berlin is a very international city, with a number of galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions. It is important as an artist to not be stuck within your own head and your own practice, but to be cognizant of what has happened artistically in the past and what is currently happening. Berlin facilitates a constant education for both local and visiting artists.

 

The work I have been making over the last few years has directly resulted from my regular travels to Poland. As Berlin is only an hour from the Polish border, I have been going to Poland very regularly over the last four years. These visits have really made me notice all of the elements I have become obsessed with in my research. While my subject matter is based in Poland, I also appreciate the distance I have living in Berlin as each time I come back, it is like looking with new eyes. Living elsewhere would not allow me to be this engaged.

 

Façade, 2014

Façade, 2014

 

What is the conceptual basis for your current work?

My work is an analysis and deconstruction of memory and physical space. More specifically, I am looking at the contemporary Polish urban landscape, and my relation to it. After World War II, due to the resulting devastation, a rapid program of reconstruction was enacted. A large proportion of construction was realized using a number of prefabricated modular building systems. Concrete panels would be made in a factory, and then brought on site to be quickly assembled into a building. These buildings could be anywhere from three stories, to 20 stories tall, using the same panels.

 

Every sort of life function – housing, schools, offices, hospitals – could be built this way. My father worked as a construction worker on these types of buildings. A very small crew of people (4-6) could build an entire floor of a building in one day. This type of residential construction often resulted in large housing estates with a great number of identical buildings. The resulting landscape and my connection to it is what I am ultimately exploring in my work.

 

Façade, 2014

Façade, 2014

 

What inspires your approach?

The paintings are essentially deconstructed building facades. After communism, the buildings had to be dealt with as they were drab, grey concrete, and had issues relating to insulation. So what happens is that the buildings are covered in styrofoam to add insulation, and then stuccoed. The stucco is then painted, but often the buildings are painted on all sides with a wrap-around graphic mural.

 

On the ground and first floor, residents in these buildings often install security bars, which they have made by a local metal worker. As you travel throughout Poland, you can see that people really go to town on customizing their small section of a very repetitive building. Some of the bars are very simple, but others are very expressive.  So the paintings take a section of the graphic facade, and combine them with a section of the security bars to convey this fascinating aesthetic that permeates the contemporary Polish landscape.

 

Another aspect of these housing estates that really fascinated me was the playgrounds in amongst the buildings. I was drawn to them because they looked like abstract sculpture and not playground structures. I then noticed that similar forms would appear throughout Poland, but they were not made by one factory as they were all a bit different. I had these reconstructed by metal workers in Poland who had also had a connection and memory to these forms. I then deconstructed them by bending and cutting – a way of reconfiguring and addressing my memory and relation to these objects.

 

Façade, 2014

Façade, 2014

 

An Example of a graphic façade referenced by Pyszczek's work

An Example of a graphic façade referenced by Pyszczek’s work

 

View of Playground Structure (Steps) and Playground Structure (worm), 2014

View of Playground Structure (Steps) and Playground Structure (worm), 2014

 

How and where are the metal components of your recent work created?

My uncle and cousin are building contractors in Poland and work with a variety of craftspeople – metalworkers, painters, etc. I worked with them to realize the sort of metal work they create within the building projects that they regularly work on in Poland. My hand as well as the hand of the craftsperson is equally important in this work.

 

We Thank Przemek Pyszczek for this interview and images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Bad They’re Good

Aug 8, 2014

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Before all the controversy surrounding BADBADNOTGOOD and whether or not they are the “Futurists of Jazz” or “The Game Changers of Jazz“, there really hadn’t been much hype in the mainstream about jazz music. I hear jazz in all modern music and in my opinion the Toronto bred trio BBNG is not only modern but is the hype!

 

Here is a sample of their live performance I recorded at Union Sound Hall, a local venue in Winnipeg, a few days ago:

  

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