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EQ3 City Guide; Toronto

Nov 30, 2015

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Next up on our list of amazing cities is Toronto, Ontario, home to two of our retail locations, both located in the heart of the GTA.


Best Pizza: Terroni


With plenty of locations to choose from, Terroni has perfected authentic Italian pizza. On any one of our visits to Toronto, a stop at this classic eatery is a must. Plus, the Queen Street West location has the most ideal back patio that easily garners our number two best patio spot.



Via On the fourth floor


Best Date Spot: Mr. Flamingo

New(ish) to the Dundas West area, Mr. Flamingo is tucked away from the street, situated in a very vibrant, yet cozy resto-bar. The ambience and the menu will definitely impress your date (especially the burrata), and you can conveniently go downstairs to Bambi’s (which is under the same ownership of Mikey Apples) to continue your date!



Via Toronto Life


Best Outdoor Market: Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market

Easily do all of your grocery shopping in this one-stop shop filled with local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, jams, honey and fresh flowers.



Via She does the City


Best running route:  High Park

More of a park than a running route, High Park’s beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery does contain unpaved pathways making it the perfect spot for running, while experiencing Toronto at its best.   



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Best coffee shop: Sam James

With five coffee bars now open in the best parts of Toronto, Sam James keeps to the basics with simple store designs and the most amazing coffee.



Via Sam James Coffee Bar


Best Brunch: Saving Grace

Serving everything from sweet and savory staples, along with seasonally inspired specials, the (very) long Saturday and Sunday line is worth every minute.



Via Not just lettuce blog


Best Architectural Building:  Bar Raval

As one the newest, most talked about restaurants in Toronto, Bar Raval quite literally bars none. Its recent list of acknowledgments includes The Design Exchange Emerging Designer Award, Architect Magazine’s R+D award, and The Restaurant & Bar Design Award. Needless to say, its oiled mahogany millwork makes it the most beautiful bar in Toronto.


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Via Architect Magazine


Best music venue: Massey Hall

One of Toronto’s oldest music venues, Massey Hall has hosted everyone from Aretha Franklin to Justin Bieber. The amazing acoustics make even the furthest seats in the highest balcony feel as if they’re right on stage.



Via My world of photos


Best cocktail bar: The Black Hoof cocktail bar

With ‘30s and ‘40s jazz music always on, the relaxed speakeasy vibe, and vintage-made cocktails, Black Hoof Cocktail bar is the best place for a manhattan…or two.



Via Flickr


Best Patio: Drake hotel

A Toronto staple, the Drake Hotel Queen Street patio offers the best people-watching, as you never know who you will spot checking in or out of the hotel!



Via Before last call


Nov 12, 2015





EQ3 is thrilled to announce our new exclusive capsule collection: EQ3 Assembly. Embracing EQ3’s Canadian heritage, the collection features a mix of products from accessories to small furnishings as diverse as the country from which it was born, and is a raw snapshot of new blood in Canadian design.


Featuring unique pieces from 10 of Canada’s most talented emerging designers – EQ3 Assembly is a true assemblage that reflects the spirit of its makers and gives colour to a new national design identity.


Since 2001, EQ3 has been designing and manufacturing modern furniture and accessories in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Existing at the geographical centre of Canada, since its inception EQ3 has been quietly exploring the idea of Canadian design and what that looks like. Now is the time to start a louder conversation.


The collection will launch exclusively at the 18th annual Interior Design Show (IDS16)  with a limited edition pop-up shop on the show floor. Assembly will be available at EQ3’s Hanna Avenue location in Toronto starting on Friday, January 22, 2016, and at all other EQ3 locations starting on February 15, 2016.


EQ3 is proud to unveil the first five designers and products of its Assembly collection  featuring the works of: Kenneth Lavallee, MSDS Studios, Anthony Frank Keeler, Zoë Mowat Design and Thom Fougere Studios . The remaining five designers and products will be unveiled at the IDS16 Media Preview on Thursday, January 21, 2016.



Kenneth Lavalee
Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist Kenneth Lavallee has made his mark primarily by painting, drawing, and silk-screening, taking inspiration from his environment, his Metis culture andthe independent relationships formed therein. Like Lavallee’s Metis heritage, his Quilt design is a union of ideas, interpreting traditional Aboriginal philosophies through a modern lens.




MSDS Studios
Toronto’s MSDS Studios believes that furniture should act as a stimulating and intimate interface between human and building. Their work synthesizes considerations of material, form, space and brier into resolved works of interior, furniture and lighting design. Their Rack creation was inspired by a simple structure glimpsed in the 1953 film Tokyo Story, by Yasujiro Ozu. 




Anthony Frank Keeler
Award winning industrial designer Anthony Frank Keeler was born in Calgary and has contributed to a variety of work in Toronto as well as New York City. His pieces look to introduce unique forms with subtle emotional qualities. In all of his work, he strives to give character to mass produced objects while making sure they provide a useful function for the consumer. His Arc/Trapezoid Mirror is comprised of only three components – a nickel plated steel reflective surface, an oak support arm and brass fastener, truly simplifying the raw elements of form and function.




Zoë Mowat Design
Zoë Mowat Design, is a furniture and object design studio in Montreal, Quebec, founded by the talented designer Zoë Mowat. Her work has a strong sculptural component with emphasis on simple forms, bold colours and unusual material combinations. Her Dressing Table is designed to be a bright and colourful counterpart to any daily grooming ritual. The design explores geometric composition and takes its inspiration from the lines of Art Deco and the‘poudreuse’ of the past.




Thom Fougere Studio
Founded in Winnipeg and long-time partner of EQ3, Thom Fougere Studio creates products that are characterized by investigations into how we live and interact with the objects in our homes, resulting in pieces that are both subtle and archetypal in form. His Assembly Stool is an exercise in reduction and ergonomics. Like any surface meant for seating, the necessity of comfort is of the highest importance.


Join us for the unveiling of the remaining five designers and products of EQ3’s Assembly at IDS16.

Szechwan Carrot Soup

Nov 10, 2015

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1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch piece

3/4-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced thin

1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1-1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

1 cup milk

Garnish: Cilantro & Crushed Peanuts



In a large heavy saucepan cook onion, celery, and garlic in oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Add carrots, gingerroot, red pepper flakes, and broth and simmer, covered, until carrots are very tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and in a blender purée mixture in batches (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return soup to pan and heat over low heat until hot, being careful not to let boil. Serve with crushed peanuts and a small sprig of cilantro. Enjoy!

Instagram: September 2014

Oct 1, 2014

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Here’s a roundup of some of our Instagram posts from September 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.

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”.


Salvador Dali + Babou

Salvador Dali + Babou via 


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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Melting hearts via


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.

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