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Gifts That Give Back

Dec 3, 2014

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Now in its second incarnation, Generation Art begins as a design contest, calling on artists of all ages from across Canada to submit artwork fitting a particular theme. Winning pieces are selected and adapted for the Generation Art product line, which is produced by and sold exclusively at EQ3.

 

EQ3 is proud to announce Generation Art is now available in-store and online across Canada. From ottomans, to beanbags, to napkins, to ceramics, the 2014 Generation Art Collection is filled with gifts that give back this holiday season. All proceeds raised from the sale of the collection will go to support underprivileged youth in the arts via the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

 

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14” Cushions $49.99

All seven winning designs were transformed into 14” cushions.

 

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Beanbags $299

A fun addition to your basement or kid’s bedroom, we love the two playful patterns represented on the Roman Beanbag.

 

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Ottoman $179.99

EQ3’s classic Rubix Ottoman reimagined in two striking patterns.

 

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Paper Napkins $3.99

Affordable and functional, these paper napkins make a great hostess gift for the holiday season. Pair with a great bottle of wine or selection of cheeses.

 

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Ceramic Mug $6.99 & Platter $19.99

Four mugs and one serving platter were created amongst the winning designs. The variety of pattern and colour options allow for easy integration into any kitchen setting.

 

A few months ago we shared photos from the Generation Art preview event held at EQ3’s Canadian flagship location in Toronto. We had the opportunity to fly all seven winning artists to Toronto for the event. You can read that post here. What an amazing experience it was to witness all the artists together, experiencing their original art in a new way.

 

Congratulations to all the winners and happy shopping! Click here to shop the Generation Art Collection.

 

Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

Introducing: The Winston Collection

Oct 14, 2014

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There is something intriguing about buttons.

Perhaps it is that buttons transform a two dimensional surface into a three dimensional texture. Although every pull and every button seem to look the same, they are all slightly different, not generated with sterile perfection but pulled by hand. The result lends to a pattern with aleatoric order, and testimonies of the art of craftsmanship, and the skilled craftsman himself, that patiently connected strings, strips, squares and buttons to form Winston.

 

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Winston Queen Bed in Jet Leaf Fabric

 

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Winston Queen Bed with High Headboard in Jet Leaf Fabric

 

“The details are not the details. They make the Design” Charles Eames.

 

Details are intentional and have a purpose, some technical, some esthetic, some both. The cover for example, that drapes over the rails and foot board serves the technical purpose to seamlessly connect them; At the same time it is meant to be pleasing to the eye. The headboard details can be observed from a couple of meters away focusing on the continuous pattern, or from a close distance. Winston is meant to integrate itself into the orchestra of intentional and unintentional details that surround people; the folds on the duvet cover; the art on the wall; the objects on the nightstand and their coincidental composition.

 

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Cover detail seamlessly connecting foot and side rails

 

Last but not least Winston is an homenage to inspiring icons such as the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe and the chesterfield sofa which have sustainably shaped the furniture landscape since their introduction.

 

If you would like to know more about Winston, we encourage you to visit one of our Stores ore on our Website here.

Introducing: The Oskar Collection

Oct 2, 2014

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After some time, effort and careful refinement, we would like to introduce our latest upholstery collection.

 

Oskar was designed for people that appreciate a classic modern sofa typology. The sofa consists of an upholstered hardwood and engineered wood frame, generously padded with foam and covered in fabric or leather. The body holds four cushions – two for the seat and two for the back. The cushions are constructed of a number of high resiliency foams with different densities and softness’s for optimal comfort. The sum of elements results in a balanced and grounded appearance that can easily integrate itself into various environments.

 

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Oskar Sofa in Jet Shade fabric and Black Ash Legs

 

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Oskar Chair in Jet Shade with Walnut Legs

 

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Oskar Ottoman in Jet Shade with Black Ash Legs

 

Besides clarity and simplicity in design, functionality was very important in the development of Oskar. It is available in 16 distinct components with a vast amount of sectional configuration options as well as standalone pieces. All covers are removable and therefore easy to clean. Separate covers will be available for purchase in spring 2015.

 

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Oskar Sectional consisting of Left Hand Facing Sofa Split and Right Hand Facing Sofa in Polo Slate and Walnut Legs

 

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Oskar Arm and Seat Crowning Detail

 

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Oskar Sofa Removable Cover Detail

 

So, if you have a bunch of crazy cats, spaghetti spilling kids or live in a small, big or anything in between space, Oskar may be the perfect fit for you. For more info sit, lay, measure, etc. it in one of our Stores or look it up online here.

Introducing: The Expanded Blanche Collection

Sep 13, 2014

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The name “Blanche” is derived from French and means “white”. Besides the phonetic beauty of the word, it is meant to highlight the composition of natural materials used such as feathers, Belgian linen and solid birch wood.

 

The collection is generously proportioned, with deep seating and a higher back profile, resulting in an inviting and comfortable seating experience. It is available in two ways; with a linen slipcover or classically upholstered. The first lends to a more casual, relaxed feel and esthetic. The second has a more formal aesthetic with its tailored cover and is available in our complete range of fabric options.

 

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Blanche Slipcover Sofa with Belgian Linen Cover

 

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Blanche Loveseat in Key Largo Pumice

 

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Blanche Chair in Polo Cream

 

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Blanche Chair T-Cushion Detail Shot

 

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Blanche Sofa Profile Detail Shot

 

The extension to a total amount of 17 components makes Blanche a highly flexible program with a vast amount of sectional configuration options. Certain configurations can be created in multiple ways, allowing spaces with entrance restrictions to fit bigger sectionals by using smaller components. That being said, a large 3×4 seat sectional can be created with two, three or four pieces.

 

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Illustration of 3×4 seat sectional configuration using either: (from left to right) Right-Hand Loveseat, Corner, Armless Chair and Left-Hand Loveseat; or Righ-Hand Sofa Split and a Left-Hand Sofa

 

Versatile, comfortable, configurable. See (and sit on) Blanche in stores now or purchase online here.

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