Entries Tagged as 'Inspiration'

Insider’s Look: 2013 Catalogue Press Check

Jul 12, 2013

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Catalogue countdown begins…right now.


Press checks wrapped up just the other week for the EQ3 2013 Autumn Catalogue. The publication will hit stores in August, but of course we couldn’t wait that long to share a bit of the footage. So Paul, EQ3′s senior graphic designer, is offering us a sneak peek of his time spent at the printers looking over catalogue proofs.















Pinterest: Colourblocked Designs

Jun 27, 2013

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Last month’s Pinterest round-up was dedicated to all things colour. With the onset of summer, we’re still finding ourselves drawn to bright, bold shades, but this time we’re focusing on our favourite Pins that showcase one of today’s hottest trends: colourblocking.


Whether blocked out in stripes, geometric shapes or something more free-flowing, playing with colour and contrast is all the rage.


If you’re style is more classic, take inspiration from Hudson’s Bay Company, the beloved Canadian brand that’s home to many of EQ3′s Gallery Store Locations. Their infamous striped motif is a National (and International classic) classic proving that colourblocking is not only trendy, but timeless too. This design looks great on everything from clothing and accessories to home decor, but we’re particularly drawn to this custom striped RV application, which we Pinned just a few days ago:


Video source: Hudson’s Bay Company


Promo video for HBC’s exclusive web series, Project Adventure (#projectadventure), which premiers this Canada Day (July 1st) on B-Insider. 4 adventures. 2 months. 1 thirty-four foot long custom striped RV. 50 Canadian cities. We’ll be tuning in. Will you?



If your style tends to be more lighthearted and quirky, take cue from these twists on designer classics and block out colours in geometric shapes (square, rectangular, and diamond patterns will work well):



Image Sources: Instagram of Pantone Universe colour samples via Simply Grove / Modern Art Desserts book: Mondrian-inspired cake by Caitlin Freeman via Dwell / Ecology of Colour patterned Treehouse in Dartford via Studio Weave and Nous Vous / Designer Classics A to Z A2 Giclée Print via 67 Inc.



Bring it home with EQ3:



Left to Right: EQ3+ Marimekko Aino Cushion ($73.00) / EQ3+ Pablo Tube Top Colours Lamp, Dark Blue ($120.00) / EQ3+ Urbio Big Happy Family Kit ($175.00)



We want to connect with you on Pinterest! Follow all of EQ3′s Pinterest boards (username: EQ3_Furniture) for access to more great Pins!

Live Like This: Alfresco Dining

Jun 25, 2013

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Live like this…




Nothing says summer like alfresco dining. Set the mood for a relaxed, outdoor meal with casual accessories and comfortable furnishings. Start by picking a shaded spot to set-up – under an umbrella or beneath the leafy branches of your favourite tree. Strike a modern note with a large table that juxtaposes it’s organic surroundings and keep the look informal with a mix of different seating styles. Serve up playful beverages in icy shot glasses and set the mood with candlelight. Finally, have cozy blankets on hand to keep guests lounging long after the sun goes down.


Left to Right: Sagaform Ice Shot Glass Mold ($6.95) / Verner Throw ($99.99) / Sagaform Shine Tealight Holder ($19.95)

Good Idea: Make Your Own Urbio Centrepiece

Jun 19, 2013

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We’re always on the look-out for new and interesting ways to use Urbio’s vertical garden wall system. So, when we came across these individual place setting centrepieces on Jordan Ferney’s lifestyle and design blog Oh Happy Day, we knew we had to spread the word.



Image Source: Photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day


These potted centrepieces were created for the Oh Happy Day Letterpress Craft Night. The Urbio pots look lovely en mass, lined up in front of a row of classic Eames side chairs. Take Jordan’s cue and fill each pot with a single succulent or plant. Use a variety of plant species to give the table top decor an eclectic feel and to help guests find their seat. For the finishing touch, welcome guests with a little note or place card, tucked neatly inside each pot.


For more photographs of the Urbio decor, and for a full re-cap of the craft event, visit the Oh Happy Day blog.


Now it’s your turn. Share your go-to centrepiece ideas here, in the comment section below.

Party Planning: Backyard Barbeque

Jun 11, 2013

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Treat Dad this Father’s Day with a Backyard Barbeque fit for a grill-master.




Set the mood for a fun, laid-back evening with bright and playful decor. For starters, every backyard party needs comfortable seating. Lightweight furnishings in durable materials move easily from indoors to out. The Tip Ton Chair is made of polypropylene (plastic) and stacks up to four chairs high, so extra seating is ready to be put into action as the party grows. Place side tables casually about the yard, so guests can rest beverages and food on tables as they stop to converse with each other. Metal tables hold up well to spills and outdoor elements; and, adjustable tops can accommodate both standing and sitting guests. Next, play up the party’s theme with colourful table accessories. Don’t be afraid to to put “real” dinnerware to use. They’re stronger than plastic, paper or Styrofoam products; and, they can be re-used over and over, making them a better choice for the environment. Finally, an apron is a practical accessory – and an unexpected gift idea – for any grill-master. Just remember to choose one with a bold pattern to disguise grease stains!


Party Planning: 5 backyard entertaining tools


1. POP Coffee Cup and Saucer ($17.95) or POP Mug ($9.95) / 2. EQ3+ Marimekko Rasymatto Apron ($45.00) / 3. Mesa 4 Piece Serving Set ($49.99) / 4. EQ3+ Vitra Tip Ton Chair, shown in Mustard ($355.00) / 5. Corona End Table ($79.00)

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