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Wanderlust in NYC

Mar 27, 2014

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We’re in the final stretch of the EQ3NYC contest, and we’re feeling a little wanderlust over here!


Our Top 5 list of things to see and do in NYC this Spring barely scratched the surface of New York’s amazing culture scene, so we’re having another go at it. This time, we reached out to our well-traveled co-workers Jill (Director of Merchandising), Enri (Upholstery Product Developer) and Thom (Creative Director) to compile a list of their favourite NYC destinations.






Things to See and Do in NYC…Take 2


01. If you’re visiting New York City during ICFF, like the EQ3NYC contest winner will be, check out WantedDesign, an off-show exhibition space located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood in the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue. Lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood offers more store events and off-show exhibitions during the day, and parties at night. Check out events hosted by furniture design companies such as Moroso, B&B Italia and Cassina.


02. Marimekko’s flagship store in New York City is located in the Flatiron District at the corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway. EQ3 shop in shops have a great selection of Marimekko product, but it’s worth a trip to see the full Marimekko product offering, including clothing, bags and accessories. After shopping, head next door to Eataly, the Italian marketplace that’s truly an innovative food and beverage experience. You can shop traditional Italian food and beverages along with local artisanal products, and try one of seven eateries on site. Grab an espresso, check out the fruit carts that are covered in Marimekko fabrics, and then head upstairs to Birreria for the rooftop restaurant and brewery. The roof is retractable so it’s open in all seasons, rain or shine.


03. And, while you’re in the Flatiron District, make a trip to ABC Carpet & Home. The 6-level retail institution is like a high-end thrift store, showcasing a rather eclectic range of furnishings and accessories. Keep track of where you’re going though. It’s easy to get lost in this store!






04. Before heading out each day, fuel-up with a nice breakfast at The Jane, a boutique hotel located right on the Hudson River, adjacent to NYC’s Meatpacking District. This historic landmark was originally built as a hotel for sailors. Also try Le Pain Cortidien Bakery & Communal Table for the freshest foods and ingredients (Enri always has breakfast here), and Miss Lily’s Restaurant on Houston Street for great cuisine and a lively atmosphere.


05. The Noguchi Museum in Queens was designed and established by the famed artist and designer Isamu Noguchi. See the most extensive collection of Noguchi’s sculptures, drawings, models and designs, including his eponymous coffee table. All work on display was chosen by Noguchi himself as representative examples of his life’s work.


06. Stick around the Queens area long enough to check out MoMA PSI, an exhibition space displaying the most experimental, contemporary art in the world. MoMA PSI is affiliated with The Museum of Modern Art, which you’ll of course want to visit once you’re back in Manhattan.


07. Finally, do as all wanderlust stricken folk would do and make time in your schedule to just, well…wander. Take a stroll along the High Line, a 1-mile linear park built on the elevated former New York Central Railroad spur. Walk in the direction of The Standard Hotel to admire the area’s great architecture, and when the High Line ends, reward yourself with a drink at the beer garden and restaurant located just around the corner. Head to Midtown Manhattan to enjoy Bryant Park, a city park nestled among skyscrapers and urban amenities that’s enjoyed by New Yorkers year-round. Greenwich Village is also a must with its wonderful array of shops and cafés.








Feeling the wanderlust? Enter to win a 5 day 4 night trip for two to New York City.

The winner will also receive $1,000 spending money, tickets to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and entry into the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA). There are 3 ways to enter. Increase your chances to win by entering through all three!


1. @EQ3_Furniture with #EQ3NYC

‘Follow’ @EQ3_Furniture on Twitter and Tweet at us what you love about the city or why you want to go.

Include “@EQ3_Furniture” and “#EQ3NYC” in your Tweet.


2. EQ3.Furniture

‘Like’ us on Facebook and enter to win.


3. In-Store

Visit us in store and fill out a ballot.


Note: Please review the Official Rules and Regulations here for complete details. Campaign ends April 13th, 2014. Open to Canadian and U.S. residents only.


Image source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

It’s Here! Browse EQ3′s 2014 Spring Supplement

Mar 25, 2014

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The 2014 Spring Supplement has arrived, and with it comes seasonal inspiration and beautiful new products for the home!




This season, we’ve incorporated a selection of natural materials like felt, handwoven wool, undyed linen, solid wood and raw marble. Together they create a sense of modern comfort for the home. Our favourite new product is a relaxed sofa meant for those lazy Sundays. Slipcovered in natural linen, the Blanche is something entirely new and unlike anything you’ve seen in our product range. Find it gracing the front cover and throughout the 32 page supplement.


Other highlights include new dining tables and chairs and new entryway pieces, as well as a fun selection of area rugs, lighting and tableware accessories. But don’t just take our word for it. Have a look for yourself! You can flip through an online version of the spring supplement here (or download a copy here). You can also pick up a printed copy at your local store.










Insider’s Look: Get a behind the scenes look at the Spring Photoshoot.


Share the new publication with your friends:

Mention us on Twitter and Instagram @EQ3_Furniture with the hashtag #EQ3Spotted. We’ll select our favourite Tweets and ‘grams to share with our Followers!

Make Your Own Marimekko Stretched Canvas Artwork

Mar 18, 2014

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You might remember this set up from a couple of weeks ago, when we introduced EQ3′s new Harvest Entryway collection. The bright floral artwork featured in the shot is actually a DIY project that we tackled here at the head office with some Unikko fabric – picked up from our local EQ3 Marimekko Shop in Shop.


Current shop in shop locations include EQ3 Montréal, EQ3 Brossard, EQ3 Toronto – Hanna St., EQ3 Toronto – King St., EQ3 Ottawa, EQ3 Winnipeg, EQ3 Calgary and EQ3 Emeryville, CA. And, for some exciting news: Marimekko fabric will soon be available to our online customers at EQ3.com! Watch for the big announcement in the coming months.


We’ve broken down the project into 5 steps. Follow this simple tutorial and, in no time, you’ll have your very own Marimekko Artwork too!






This project comes together easily with a section of patterned fabric and a Stretcher Bar Kit (a wood bar kit used to stretch canvas or fabric to a desired size). Kits come in different sizes, and can be found online through sites like Amazon or Ebay, or through your local craft/art supplies store.


Materials + Supplies:

Fabric, cut 2″ wider and longer than finished frame (we used Marimekko’s Unikko Poppy in heavy weight cotton)

Stretcher bar kit, assembled according to package directions



Staple gun





Step 1: Build canvas frame, following the package directions on stretcher bar kit. The process may vary depending on the kit used, but here’s the basic process for reference: Adjoin two of the mitered wood pieces together to create a 90 degree angle. Add the remaining two wood pieces until you have built a four-sided frame. Note: Pieces should fit easily together with the pre-made joint.









Step 2: Lay pre-cut fabric face down on work surface. Lay frame on top of fabric, centering it so that approximately 1″ of fabric extends on all four sides.





Step 3: Beginning with the midpoint of one side of the frame, pull fabric tightly around the frame and secure on the back (midpoint) with one staple. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the frame, making sure the fabric is as tight and smooth as possible. Do the same on the remaining two sides. The fabric should now be stapled at the midpoint of each side.









Step 4: Continue stapling around the frame. Work your way from the midpoint out, leaving the fabric at each of the four corners unstapled.







Step 5: Trim corner flaps on a 45 degree angle. Fold and pull the sides tight at one corner and staple to frame. Repeat the process for all four corners. Trim any frayed strands of fabric from the back side.









And, you’re done! We love using these stretched canvas frames in EQ3 retail stores to liven up room settings and displays. Here’s how we’re designing with them:










Thinking of trying this project? We’d love to see it.

Instagram or Tweet a photo to us @EQ3_Furniture using the hashtag #EQ3Spotted.

Hudson’s Bay: The Room of the Season

Mar 14, 2014

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Did you know that in addition to shopping at EQ3 retail stores, you can also find our products in galleries throughout North America and around the world? It’s true! Hudson’s Bay is our largest wholesale partner, with EQ3 Galleries in sixteen Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada.


This popular Canadian company has an fantastic blog (B-Insider.com) celebrating fashion, beauty and the home. B-Insider’s recent post The Room of the Season goes behind the scenes of Hudson’s Bay’s Spring Home Book photoshoot. Their focus was using comfortable furnishings and natural textures to create a warm and inviting interior. Sounds familiar? EQ3′s Spring Collection was created around the very same concept!


This video from Hudson’s Bay shows the step by step process of creating The Room of the Season, with design commentary by Arren Williams (Hudson’s Bay Creative Director for Home).


YouTube video by Hudson’s Bay


Watch for Arren’s commentary on these origami-inspired paper pendant lamps, which he cleverly hung in a cluster of three. It’s just one of many EQ3 products available through Hudson’s Bay.






Videography by Chris Chilco for Hudson’s Bay

Eames Molded Fiberglass Chairs: The Love Runs Deep

Feb 25, 2014

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The Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair was originally designed in 1950 by husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames, and was manufactured by Herman Miller. This mid-century modern classic has been a fixture in the design world for years, and is loved by many. The fiberglass chair was discontinued in 1980, but next week, Herman Miller is reintroducing the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair!


Last fall, the EQ3 Winnipeg store hosted Eames Design Thinking: 36 Years On – a design event featuring keynote speaker Eames Demetrios, Director of The Eames Office and the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames. We were thrilled to see local architects, designers, and design buffs line up outside the EQ3 store, eager for the doors to open, but when we spotted Emil (a local engineering student) standing in line with a vintage Eames Shell Chair tucked under his arm…well, we got really excited!




He brought the chair in the hopes of getting it signed by Eames Demetrios. Eames was very gracious, and before his presentation, he wrote out a personal note for Emil on the chair’s back rest. Emil was on a real high as he walked away from his meeting with Eames. It was a fun little scene to watch.


“It’s just a chair that I’ve been familiar with for a very long time,” says Emil when we asked him about the personal history of the chair. It was Emil’s first Eames Chair, and it’s been in his family for years. His mother had owned one of these iconic chairs back in the 50′s or 60′s, but had misplaced it (most likely when she moved to Canada). When she spotted the chairs again here in the city, she just fell in love with them. Emil wound up finding this one in a dumpster and brought it home for her, knowing how much it would mean to her. It was an amazing find, as a vintage shell chair like this can sell for upwards of four or five hundred dollars…sometimes more! But Emil seemed much more interested in the personal significance the chair holds, than in it’s monetary value. “These chairs have been part of our family for a really long time,” says Emil.








Emil had recently moved into his first apartment and his mom encouraged him to take the chair with him. He had been using it as his desk chair, but joked that he wouldn’t be doing that anymore, not after Eames signed it. Just in our brief interaction with Emil, it was clear that his love for these chairs and the Eameses legacy runs deep. We know that Emil’s not the only one who feels this way.


If you have an Eames story, we’d love to hear it! Tweet us at @EQ3_Furniture, send us a message on the EQ3 Facebook Page or email us at blog@eq3.ca.


Additional Resources

For more information on Eames Demetrios, or on Charles and Ray, watch these short clips from EQ3′s exclusive interview with Eames or read our review of Eames Demetrios’ book An Eames Primer!


Video: Interview with Eames Demetrios – Part 1

Video: Interview with Eames Demetrios – Part 2

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