Entries Tagged as 'Visual Inventory'

Best of ‘Best-of 2014’ List 

Dec 29, 2014

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I’m a fan of year-end ‘Best of’ lists. Not so much for the subjective one through ten rating systems, but rather for the nice overview it lends to a year’s worth of media. Below are the Best of: Best of 2014 Lists for hours of click throughs and wasted time. Enjoy.



Best book covers 2014


Best Longreads of 2014


Best Tracks of 2014


Dissolve Best movies of 2014


Physics Breakthroughs of 2014


Tumblr 2014 Year in Review:


Top Temporary Structures of 2014


Top New Museums of 2014


50 Best Albums of 2014


Booooooom’s 75 Favourite Images Found in 2014:


Nowness Most Loved of 2014:
(“The Chief” is a favourite of mine…)


Best podcast Episodes of All time (as of 2014):


Visual Inventory: Fall 2014

Oct 16, 2014

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EQ3’s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, is back to share cultural 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:






I’ve heard rumblings over the years about Richard Linklater’s secret long-term film project now titled Boyhood. Of course hearing about and speculating about a work of art over a long period of time raises the expectations to a level that is almost unattainable. If anything, boyhood was able to surpass these unreasonable expectations. You can read about it, watch a trailer, but nothing compare to just watching it for the first time. I’ll leave it at that.



Olafur Eliasson - giant landscape



I’m always intrigued by what Olafur Eliasson has to say. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a wide range of his work in different cities and gallery’s over the past year or so, but this new installation at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is one I really wish I was able to experience in person. This time Eliasson has filled an entire wing of the museum with a landscape of rocks in order to simulate an indoor riverbed. Quite striking in photos, I’m sure experiencing the installation is something else.






Sometimes artists or photographers are able to capture a single gesture with such simplicity, the amount of work and rigour it takes to get to that point vanishes. Exobiotanica perfects this. I viewed the set of images put together by Makoto Azuma out of context, but was slowly able to place the pieces together to understand the beautiful simplicity of the work. You can read about the process, and view more images here.






I often find myself captivated by the ugly, or misinterpreted. Upon first listen to Adult Jazz, it is hard to see beyond the the ugly and peculiar side of their music. It takes a few listens to completely unravel their tracks, but their music becomes that much more rewarding over time. The best I can describe their sound is the Dirty Projectors with an accent.






The third volume of Mjolk was released earlier this year in the Spring. John and Juli, good friends and owners of Mjolk, release their Mjolk publication on a yearly basis and visit a variety of craftspeople mostly in the Scandinavia and Japan regions. Volume 3, their best so far in my opinion, visits one of my favourite architects Terunobu Fujimori in Japan, potter Renaud Sauve in Quebec, and break down Minoru Oya’s coffee ceremony.

Visual Inventory: Milan Furniture Fair

Apr 21, 2014

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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:

Milan’s Salone del Mobile is the biggest annual furniture event in the world. This year’s fair was a good one. Agreeable weather allowed for convenient trips around the city to the various off-site shows and to outdoor get-togethers at various open air courtyards, cafes, and galleries. Below, I’ve selected a few highlights to share from this year’s show. It is by no means a definitive guide, but rather some selections and observations of the things I saw during my short stay.


I spent my first day at the Salone. Mattiazzi released a series of new chairs by the Bouroullecs amongst a few others.


One of my favourite Japanese architects, Sou Fujimoto, designed a beautiful reflective forest installation for the Cassina booth.


Vitra re-released a few archived designs by Alexander Girard. A lot of playful patterns and colours. The moon platter (shown in the background) and the triangular side tables were a few of my favourites.


Arper product seemed secondary to their well-designed and colourful booth.


Nanimarquina presented a nice new collection of rugs. This black and white patterned rug caught my eye. It’s vastly different from the selection of new designs they were showing at their booth this year.


Most of my time, as it is with most who visit Milan, was spent walking all over the city to the various off-site shows. On day two I met a friend at the tucked away Project B Gallery which ended up being one of my favourites. Max Lamb created an installation for Dzek of a new marmoreal architectural surface made of resin-cast terrazzo.


Right beside the Dzek installation, Faye Toogood exhibited her new curvilinear furniture set, Assemblage 4 collection, made mostly of raw fiberglass.


A lot of the offsite venues give people the opportunity to venture away from the general public spaces of Milan, and into back alleys, courtyards, apartments, and tucked away showrooms that are often hard to access outside of the furniture fair. This is one courtyard that lead to the JP Home showroom that was quite striking.


Hay made their presence known this year at the show, presenting their new collection in collaboration with Sabastien Wrong: Wrong for Hay, a Mini Market with hundreds of small goods available to purchase, new pieces for the Hay product line, and a packed party on Wednesday night.


Nendo always manages to present their ideas in a dramatic fashion at the Milan Furniture Fair. This year they collaborated with COS on a small clothing line, and exhibited new product in a dark below-grade showroom.


If there was one surprising trend that made an appearance almost everywhere, it was the return of Memphis – thirty three years after the Memphis group made their splash in Milan. If anything, much like the original movement, the Memphis look took over most decorative or graphical applications.


Having never visited the showroom / gallery / cafe / patio Spazio Rossana Orlandi, it was an unexpected treat to come across.


Walk the Line – a collaboration between Luca Nichetto and Toronto’s Mjolk presented the Sucabaruca coffee set, as well as the new Cheburashka tableware. A really beautiful collection.


Berlin-based, long time EQ3 collaborators, 45 Kilo were part of a group exhibition called Desiderabilia, a well presented and interesting show.


Also in the Lambrate area, Jamie Haydon presented some new work. I’m generally not the biggest fan of his work, but I thought one of his new light designs was a nice take on a modern-like chandelier.


Image Source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

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:


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.




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.





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.





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


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:






“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.







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.





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.”





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.





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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