Entries Tagged as 'Visual Inventory'

Visual Inventory: Winter Movies

Dec 5, 2013

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is back to share culture recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His Visual Inventory posts focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online, photography, etc.).

 

This month’s theme is:

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Whether you’re a winter person or not, there’s no denying the pleasure of being able to hole up indoors (without any sense of guilt) to screen a new film or an old favourite. Thom’s well-versed in the movie scene and he’s created a list of films you need to see this season. So grab a blanket and your drink of choice, and work your way through the list. Then, Tweet at us @EQ3_Furniture to let us know what you think of his recommendations.

 

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The summer release Frances Ha (directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by Noah and Greta Gerwig) recently came out on video. I was a fan of the director’s first film The Squid and the Whale, another good movie to watch this winter, if you haven’t already seen it. Frances Ha is shot entirely in black and white, channeling Woody Allen’s earlier work.

 

 

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NEIL KELLERHOUSE
I first noticed Neil Kellerhouse’s artwork for the Criterion Collection version of The Thin Red Line, but I wasn’t able to find out who had created the artwork at the time. It wasn’t until The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo posters were released that I found the common thread. Neil Kellerhouse has also designed a nice selection of box art for various Criterion Collection films, he seems to be the go-to guy for those who desire beautiful and original takes on film posters.

 

 

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The first time I watched this movie it was 2008 and I was sitting in an empty theatre by myself. It was an overwhelming experience. You’ll understand why when you see the movie. I knew I had watched something profound and moving, but was moved with how much I had taken in over two hours. I’ve watched it numerous times since that initial screening, with the most recent screening earlier this week, justifying its place on this list.

 

Synechdoche, New York is the first film Charlie Kaufman directed and wrote himself. I can safely say that every movie he has written up to that point has been a favourite of mine (Adaptation, Being John Malkavich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), with the exception of Human Nature….

 

I cannot say much about this movie other than recommend the hell out of it. It’s with films like this that each viewer can take away a different message or idea about the film’s meaning (and all have a different explanation on the burning house).

 

 

InsideLlewyn Davis

 

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I don’t know much about this movie except that it’s directed by the Coen brothers, and the trailer is a nice watch. I’m a fan of the Coen brothers, and while I have no evidence to back this up, I have a feeling Inside Llewen Davis will be one of the better films released this year. To hit theatres December 20th.

 

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Visual Inventory: New-ish Classics

Jun 21, 2013

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Each month EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, shares culture recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His monthly musings focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online and photography, etc.).

 

This month’s theme is:

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MUSIC / DFA

“too old to be new, too new to be classic” – DFA Records tagline coined by founder and LCD Soundsystem frontman, James Murphy.

 

After too many years of consumable, disposable culture, there is a new wave of people creating with the intention of longevity. The result of their creativity – whether it be music, film, fashion, furniture, architecture or poetry – is too young to be considered a classic, but too good not to mention. Welcome to this month’s blog post featuring my favourite future classics.

 

 

 

 

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FILM / Before Midnight

Like a lot of Richard Linklater’s films, the ‘Before’ series – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and, it’s latest edition, Before Midnight, which released a few weeks ago – are culturally relevant, poignant and simple films that never date themselves. The series honestly illustrates the significance of every moment and the feelings that come from these moments, rather than focus on a strict narrative. These films are an easy, necessary watch.

 

 

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LITERATURE / Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallaces’ 1996 masterpiece, could already be considered a modern-day classic. Written as a lengthy post-modern fiction spanning many years and characters, and riddled with over 388 end-notes, Infinite Jest is arguably Wallace’s most iconic (and long-winded) book from his short career. If you want to know what it’s about in the fewest words possible, the back cover sums up the book nicely – “A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America.”

 

 

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ARCHITECTURE / Peter Zumthor

Above is a picture of Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion. The temporary pavilion featured a Swiss meadow enclosed and cut off from surrounding London, bringing a quiet serenity of light, nature and atmosphere to the visitor. Throughout his career, Zumthor has been focused on finding ways to bring the occupant into his world, cutting out the surrounding noise of the world with a subtle, honest and resolved approach.

 

In a recent interview, Zumthor disclosed his personal and careful position on his work:

 

“…I need a genuine interest in the project. So if a rich guy comes to me and says ‘I would like a nice house on a ski resort, and money is not a problem, I’d like a nice place for me and my friends to come to stay, could you think about something?’ even though he might be a nice guy or is a nice guy I say No. For me it would mean four years out of my life and for you it is just another weekend house somewhere, so this doesn’t go together.” via Architects Journal

 

Well deserving of the 2009 Prizker Prize, Zumthor’s buildings from the past twenty years alone are already considered modern-day classics – from the Brother Klaus Field Chapel (my personal favourite) and the Homes for Senior Citizens in Chur, Switzerland, to his most famous, Therme Vals in Vals, Switzerland.

 

 

Mattiazzi

 

FURNITURE / Mattiazzi

Mattiazzi, a small Italian, family-run furniture manufacturer has existed under the radar for decades, acting primarily as a sub-contractor for other manufacturers. Roughly five years ago, Mattiazzi burst onto the scene with their Branca chair designed by Sam Hecht & Industrial Facility. Utilizing the high-tech machinery that the Mattiazzi family had to offer, Hecht produced an organically shaped solid wood chair, that could be mass produced. Accomplishing something that previously only hand-made furniture could, the Branca chair put the manufacturing process in the spotlight and was one of the first products to highlight the relationship between craftsmanship and technology. The video below shows the interesting design and manufacturing processes that make these overly complex wood chairs possible:

 

 

Mattiazzi has since collaborated with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, and Jasper Morrison, ever pushing the limits of manufacturing and furniture design.

 

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Visual Inventory: Colour

May 14, 2013

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Each month EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, shares culture recommendations and findings that are currently inspiring him. His monthly musings focus on a theme and how he’s seeing it used across different industries (ie. design, film, music, online and photography).

 

This month’s theme is COLOUR – a topic that’s more than welcome as we anticipate the arrival of summer. Thom’s latest discoveries show colour in a variety of light: how it can captivate audiences and motivate responses. Take a look…

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DESIGN / Vitra Colour and Surface Library

Vitra, one of our EQ3+ brands, recently partnered with designer Hella Jongerius to create a new colour and material palette for their existing product line. This new palette helps in creating colour schemes across different types of furniture, while breathing new life into their existing products from designers such as Jean Prouve and Charles and Ray Eames. Launched at the Milan Furniture Fair last month, the colours were used not only on their products but also to create entire room groupings. Each room was centered around a different hue. Deep emerald green, terracotta and murky blue were key players in creating these captivating room displays.

 

Here’s what Vitra had to say about their collaboration:

 

“The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius again and again successfully addresses the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design in her textiles and ceramic works and with her furniture pieces. In numerous installations and objects, she has demonstrated how colours and colour combinations and their use on specific materials, surfaces and shapes can lead to spectacular results. Knowing the effect that colour has and the cultural meanings of colours is a foundation that is just as important to her as being familiar with production techniques and materials.”

 

You can see photos of Vitra’s exhibit space here.

 

 

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FILM / Upstream Color

‘Upstream Color’ is Shane Carruth’s second film, following his complex time-travelling debut ‘Primer’. Shot mostly in Malick-like montages, Upstream Color demands to be viewed more than once. The film’s complex and meandering plot deals with mind-control, concepts of self, personal agency and love through colourful and sometimes abstract imagery. Entirely beautiful, Upstream Color is easily one of my favourite movies of 2013 so far. You can watch the Upstream Color movie trailer here. It’s in theatres and available on-demand now.

 

 

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MUSIC / Kurt Vile

I wouldn’t categorize Kurt Vile’s music as colourful, however Steve Powers supplies the colourful sign painting/wall artwork for the album cover. Vile’s music has been traditionally nice to listen to, but ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ has totally captivated me and has been on regular rotation in my apartment since its release.

 

 

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ONLINE / Movies in Color

I came across the Movies in Color blog earlier this month. The concept that drives it is quite interesting – deriving light, medium, and dark colour palettes from current and classic films. A lot of films, especially of those from directors such as Stanley Kubrik, P.T. Anderson, and Wes Anderson, are produced with very distinct style and hues – often to evoke emotion or atmosphere. It’s interesting to see what gradient of hues are developed from a small sampling of film stills. Not so much a helpful tool, but more of an interesting exercise in colour and its power to evoke certain moods, feelings and representations of space.

 

The site is updated daily. You can visit Movies in Color blog here.

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY / Patterns from Above

Brent Yaggi & Sarah Hicks are a photography team who have been taking aerial photographs by plane for the past seven years. Their photos capture vivid, and often abstract portraits of natural and man-made landscapes from across North America. Their prints are for sale through their website, Patterns from Above.

 

 

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