Freebie: Printable October Calendar

Oct 2, 2014

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October’s free printable planner showcases the newest member of the EQ3 upholstery family. Oskar is classic yet modern, with a removable slipcover for easy cleaning. Available in both fabric and leather, choose from over 130 cover options for a look to suit your space.

 

Click here to download and print the October Monthly Planner.

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Feature Image: Oskar Loveseat in leather

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

Chinese Nap Culture

Sep 29, 2014

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This September was my first trip to China. While I saw and did many fascinating things, including the Shanghai Furniture Fair, one of my takeaways from the whole experience was the Chinese people’s impressive ability to nap. Anywhere. On more than one occasion, my afternoon meetings revolved around waiting for people to finish their naps before we could discuss business.

 

For whatever reason, it had never occurred to me that napping was such a crucial part of the day. So I started looking into it and the amount of content I found on this topic was incredible. Supposedly during the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party would force their employees to take naps every afternoon. The amount of research showing positive results after 20-30 minutes of rest post-lunch had me convinced. This brief period allows our brains to recharge and for those of us in creative roles, that is particularly important.

 

As mentioned, I attended the Shanghai Furniture Fair. We walked through hall after hall of chairs, tables, lighting, sofas, etc.. However, one of the times I found myself most comfortable was in the hall of office chairs. They have specifically designed office chairs to support this nap culture. They have not only an ergonomic back and seat which we’re used to in North America, but the most ergonomic neck and head supports with padded extenders which come out from under the seat to put your feet up. We laughed but this was like the Rolls-Royce of office chairs for the Chinese people.

 

Among all my research, I found a website (http://www.sleepingchinese.com/) which is simply a collection of photographs taken in Shanghai by a German photographer. Enjoy!

 

Catching some z’s at a playground in Shanghai (photo: http://www.sleepingchinese.com/)

Catching some z’s at a playground in Shanghai (photo: http://www.sleepingchinese.com/)

The First Annual Poutine Cup

Sep 26, 2014

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I was lucky enough to snatch one of the 400 tickets to the first annual Poutine Cup in Winnipeg. Fort Gibraltar, a historic site in the French quarter of the city, hosted, and the folks at Charcoal Collaborative were the brains behind the operation. Ten restaurants participated and came up with an equal number of mouthwatering poutine creations. From fries soaked in pickle brine, to house made cheese, all of the restaurants brought their “A” game. Half Pints, a local craft brewery, sponsored the event and offered samples of their St. James Pale Ale and Oktoberfest lager.

 

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Diversity’s “The Definitely Not Vegan” paired with Half Pint’s Oktoberfest lager.

 

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Ready to dig into the Cornerstone’s “Nacho Ordinary Fries”.

 

The evening couldn’t have been better, with a friendly, low-key atmosphere, ideal location, fantastic food and drinks, and an abundance of Bothwell cheese curds. I started off with great vigor and plowed through the first five vendors, but had to slow down and share the remaining dishes due to a looming food coma. The weather was also in everyone’s favour, providing a crisp fall-like breeze to aid digestion with only a trickle of rain midway through. Towards the end of the night, the Pink Socks got on stage while the ballots were being counted and the judges made their final decision.

 

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Bernstein’s interpretation of a reuben – poutine style.

 

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Aaron from Bernstein’s dishes out some delicious grainy mustard beef gravy.

 

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The Grove’s decadent spin on poutine, featuring pulled duck confit and a sour cherry glaze.

 

In the end, MAW’s won the Judge’s choice with “The Schwartz”, and Marion Street Eatery’s “The Sweet n’ Salty” stole the hearts of the crowd, winning People’s choice. The event was a success and after all the poutine was eaten, the last drops of Oktoberfest were sipped, and goodbyes were said to familiar faces, I had to be rolled home. Needless to say, my poutine cravings have been put to rest for the time being, but I’ll be raring to go for next year’s cup and I can’t wait to see what else Charcoal Collaborative has up their sleeve.

 

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Warming up by the fire enjoying Pizzeria Gusto’s beef osso buco gravy smothered poutine.

 

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Participating Restaurants:

 

Diversity
“The Gluten Free Vegan”
Miso gravy, tofu ‘feta’, pea shoots, and peas.

 

“The Definitely Not Vegan”
Smoked gravy, turkey skin seasoning, and house made cheese.

 

Promenade Café and Wine
Half Pints Stir Stick braised short rib, smoked cheese curds, and bone marrow gravy.

 

Bernstein’s Deli

“Reuben Poutine”

House corned beef, sauerkraut, grainy mustard beef gravy, and cheese curds.

 

The Cornerstone

“Nacho Ordinary Fries”

House chorizo, nacho cheese sauce, Bothwell cheese curds, diced tomatoes, scallions, and charred scallion aioli.

 

The Tallest Poppy

Chicken gravy, fried chicken bits, and cheese curds.

 

Marion Street Eatery

“The Sweet n’ Salty”

Bothwell cheese curds, apple onion relish, Jack Daniel’s gravy, goat cheese, and spicy bacon and candy almond crumble.

 

Pizzeria Gusto

Beef osso buco gravy, fresh Bothwell squeakers, and gremolata.

 

Peasant Cookery

“The Family Meal”

Chorizo, smoked hock gravy, and Bothwell cheese curds.

 

MAW’s Eatery & Bar

“The Shwartz”

Dill pickle fries, caraway smoked cheese curds, mustard, and beef brisket gravy.

 

The Grove

Magical truffled gravy, Bothwell white cheddar curds, pulled duck confit, sour cherry glaze, and duck crackling.

 

 

 

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