Herman Miller’s Shell Shorts: A Concise History of the Eames Shell Chair

Apr 6, 2014


We’ve been loving the latest installments of WHY, the online essay series from EQ3+ partner Herman Miller exploring why they do what they do. WHY’s most recent essay, Shell Shorts, condenses 70 some years of Eames Shell Chair history into just a few short paragraphs.


It sounded like an impossible task, but they did it!




“The story of the Eames Plastic Shell Chair really began more than ten years prior to Charles and Ray’s 1950 debut of their now iconic design…”¹ says Amber Bravo in the opening paragraph of her essay Shell Shorts.


Bravo goes on to look at the Eameses initial attempts at shaping plywood, their work with fiberglass for the original Eames Shell Chair, and then their move to molded wood and polypropelene alternatives when the original fiberglass version was deemed unsafe to produce. Bravo brings the story full circle with mention of Herman Miller’s newly reintroduced and environmentally safe Eames Fiberglass Shell Chairs, which were released last month.


A set of 12 Eames gifs (you’ve got to see these gifs!) accompany the post, offering a fun look at the fiberglass production process. The gifs act as movie trailers for a series of Instagram videos that Herman Miller released earlier this week. Follow @HermanMiller on Instagram to watch all 10 Shell Shorts.



1. HermanMiller.com, WHY: Shell Shorts, written by Amber Bravo for Herman Miller.

Music Library: Thom’s Tunes

Apr 4, 2014


We’re always interested to learn how creative people go about their work. How do they get their creative juices flowing?


For many designers, music is a way of tuning out the world and finding inspiration. This certainly is the case for Thom, EQ3′s Creative Director. When he’s not in meetings or doing store visits, you can usually find Thom at his computer with ear buds in and the music playing.


Here’s 13 tracks that Thom’s currently listening to while he works. May they inspire your work day too!



PLAYLIST 04.04.2014




01. Under the Pressure | The War on Drugs

02. Blue Moon | Beck

03. Crime | Real Estate

04. Remember Our Days | Lotus Plaza

05. Hero of the War | Scott Walker

06. Heavy Stones | Cad VanGaalen

07. Queen Jane Approximately | Bob Dylan

08. Air Conditioning | DIIV

09. Black Rice | Women

10. Hospice Gates | Lower Dens

11. Out Getting Ribs | King Krule

12. Swept Inside | Future Islands

13. Before the Bridge | Future Islands


Album cover art by Alex, EQ3 Graphic Designer

Freebie: Printable April Planner

Apr 1, 2014


The April printable planner is now available! This month’s free printable features a close up of EQ3′s Eve Sofa (you can learn more about Eve here).


Click here to download and print the April Monthly Planner.




Feature Image: Eve Sofa detail


Note: This calendar is intended for personal use only. Print it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this calendar for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

Instagram: March 2014

Mar 31, 2014

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March went by in a flash. Can we all agree? We need help processing it all, and what better way than with an Instagram round-up from the EQ3 staff at our head office and retail stores! We’ve added a new slideshow feature to our Instagram series that we hope you’ll enjoy. Simply click the ‘Play Slideshow’ button below to view larger versions of each image.


Our favourite image this month is a selfie from Charles (see below), EQ3′s in-house photographer. In addition to getting the perfect shot, he’s usually busy moving furniture, hanging lighting, ironing sheets…and, anything else you can think of! Here he is prepping a new duvet cover for its close-up. Watch for it at EQ3 stores soon!

Other Instagram highlights include a work in progress shot from one of our graphic designers, travel photos (we had to, this winter’s just been too long!), Saint Patty’s Day fun, and other snippets from outside the office.


Instagrams taken by staff at our Head Office and EQ3 retail stores. For more great Instagrams, follow our company account @EQ3_Furniture.

#EQ3Spotted: Here, There and Everywhere

Mar 29, 2014


Lazy Saturday mornings are best spent sipping coffee and scrolling through Instagram! Wouldn’t you agree?


The only thing better is spotting some EQ3 in the feed; and lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of it! Many thanks to all of the awesome Instagrammers out there who’ve been spreading the EQ3 love. Grab a refill and start scrolling: we’re sharing 6 recent #EQ3Spotted discoveries that have made our day. We hope they make yours too!



That’s how he picked out what his mom and dad were going to buy.  - Instagram via EQ3 Calgary Customer




She’s so pretty! I’ve never wanted to sew colorful pillows more. Off to fabric shop!  - Instagram via @elsielarson 

Reverie Sofa in Sahara Onyx leather



Wine + design. It’s good medicine.  - Instagram via @meighann

EQ3 2013-2014 Catalogue



Let there finally be light. #minimalist #bulbous #EQ3   - Instagram via @jasmineq86

Tino Pendant Light



Mellow yellow cuties got a swinging new sofa! #EQ3 #love  - Instagram via @Sistersiouxsie

Reverie Sofa in Klein Sunny fabric



Playing with lamps. Best $19.99 purchase. So many possibilities… #EQ3  - Instagram via @lindseythomsen

Lunar Table Lamp


Do you love decorating with EQ3? Share your photos for a chance to be featured on the EQ3 blog and EQ3 Facebook Page. Upload photos on Instagram or Twitter, tagging your image with @EQ3_Furniture and the hashtag #EQ3Spotted. You can also send us your images in a private Facebook message or email them to blog@eq3.ca.

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