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.

 

Freebie: Printable December Planner

Dec 2, 2014

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The Pewter Lamp is featured this month for December’s free printable planner. This metal lamp features clean angular lines with a tripod base giving it a sculptural aesthetic and an adjustable shade that can be tilted up or down to help direct light where it’s most needed. The Pewter Table Lamp is shown here but is also available as a floor lamp.

 

Click here to download and print the December Monthly Planner.

 

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 Feature Image: Pewter Table Lamp

 

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.

EQ3 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 30, 2014

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Feeling stumped on what to get that last person on your list? Here’s our creative teams top picks for this holiday season!

 

Allison: Coast Marble Cheese Board

My pick is the Coast Marble Cheese Board. It’s a classic design that fits any décor and at $19.99, it comes with an affordable price tag. It’s also super functional for holiday party season. The natural marble keeps cheese cool.

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Heather: Gusto Tea Light Holder

It’s the perfect accessory to cozy-up a small space on a chilly December evening.

Gusto Tea Light Holder

Ben: Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

These playful red shot glasses on wooden bases are a bold combination of materials, and add a festive touch to holiday cheers.

Sagaform Luva Shot Glasses

Nina: Spot Wall Knobs

The Spot Wall Knobs are a super fun way to add both colour and function to a space. The brand new Spot Wall Knob in white marble offers a more sophisticated look but still pairs well with the bright colours.

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Alex: Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

I may not be able to pronounce the name but I love this oven mitt. The illustration reminds me of the late/great Charley Harper’s wildlife illustrations.

Marimekko Hauki Oven Mitten

Paul: Kaleb Task Lamp

If you know anybody who has ever worked at a desk, then this is the gift for them.

Kaleb Task Lamp

Thom: Alessi Todo Cheese Grater

The Todo Giant Grater by Richard Sapper is a clever take on a typically dull kitchen utensil. The atypical height of the cheese grater was inspired by Sapper’s experience at home – grating cheese for his family’s dishes – measuring the length of one stroke along a grater, to satisfy one proper serving. I’ve never thought twice about a cheese grater until coming across this one. The Todo is an ideal holiday gift for those who admire thoughtful, functional goods for their kitchen.

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Madi: Klere End Table

Although I did design this piece, I have an altruistic appreciation for its functionality and “cool girl” aesthetic. I would love to wrap her up under the tree so that all my friends and family would have the perfect place to stash their books + magazines this holiday season.

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Enri: Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Three reasons: it works; it is easy to clean unlike most lemon juicers, and it is a beautiful object in your kitchen.

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

Still can’t decide? Choose an EQ3 gift card now available online here!

Music Library: Black Friday

Nov 28, 2014

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PLAYLIST 11.28.2014

 

Black Friday – a relatively new consumer based holiday for us Canadians – has come to represent for most, a loathsome display of consumerism, and for some, a really fun day at the mall.

 

Today’s playlist will appeal to those of you hunting down deals and stimulating the economy, as well as the rest of you stuck at home fighting your FOMO. This eclectic mix of tracks transcends genres and decades and has just enough to build you up and bring you back down gently. One thing you won’t need to stress about is what you’re listening to.

 

Keep your eyes on the prize and remember – there are only a few things worth losing friends over.

 

01. Big Game – Devonté Hynes Palo Alto (Original Motion Picture Score)

02. Save Me From What I Want – St. Vincent Actor

03. Harrison Ford Escort – Mac DeMarco 2 Demos

04. Spirit – Future Islands Singles

05. Kids In America – The Muffs Clueless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

06. Wildcat – Ratatat Classics

07. Beggin for Thread – Banks Goddess

08. Customer – The Replacements Sorry Ma! Forgot To Take Out The Trash!

09. Valley Girl – Frank Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

10. The Mall (ft.G-Dep & Shiggy Sha) (E)  – Gang Starr Moment Of Truth

11. Throw It in the Bag (ft. The-Dream) (E) – Fabolous Loso’s Way

12. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division Substance

13. Move B*tch (ft. Mystikal & I-20) (E) – Ludacris Word Of Mouf

14. Monument T.I.E. Version (ft. Robyn) – Röyksopp The Inevitable End

15. I Cry – Flo Rida Wild Ones

16. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs Vol. 3

17. Oh! You Pretty Things – David Bowie Hunky Dory

18. Have You Got My Money – Jana Hunter Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom

19. Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory

10 Questions with Chelsea Maier

Nov 14, 2014

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Chelsea Maier is the uber-talented mind behind In Plan View, a young and blossoming company which seeks to make our dining tables extra beautiful! Her obsession with textiles has stirred her to create a collection of ‘brightly-coloured, textured and patterned everythings’ right here in Winnipeg. She is also the mother of Summer Skin Clothing, the sister company to In Plan View. When she’s not busy creating her own things, she’s teaching art to kids at the Artful Owl studio. She shows so much passion in her work and has so much love for Winnipeg. She might be leaving us for BC in the new year but she will certainly continue to inspire us wherever she may be. Lucky for her (and you), EQ3 has something in the works in response to her final answer – that will be revealed soon!

 

 

Nina Quark: Which room in your home is your favourite to spend time?

 

Chelsea Maier: Bedroom. Or specifically- the bed area within the bedroom. I think a bed is an open canvas for your style to be achieved via what you choose for linens, throws, pillow styles, and the frame itself. It’s where comfort and design meet best without apologies. Next to the bed is my favourite piece of furniture- a bedside table. I have had everything from an upside down milk cart, to stools, to more conventional bedside tables. A bedside table is my favourite corner of the bedroom because it houses all of lifes best goodies- books stacked high, lamps, plants, fresh flowers, water at night, coffee in the morning, photographs, art…  a sketchbook in case you can’t fall asleep because of ideas…

 

 

NQ: What was the highlight of your summer?

 

CM: This summer was wild! I don’t think I was in the same place for two days at a time. Highlight had to be wandering around the streets of Vancouver in the sun and thinking ‘In the New Year this will be our new home’.

 

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NQ: What are you most looking forward to with winter approaching?

 

CM: Seeing what magic the locals cook up for us this season. When I first moved here I thought you ‘Peggers would hibernate or something while winter was in full force. It’s the exact opposite. So many things happen because Winnipegers look at winter as an opportunity. I’m excited to see the new warming huts. I’m excited to see the renderings of the new Raw:Almond come to life, I’m excited to explore all the new restaurants opening up, I’m looking forward to a skate or five on the river trail. The expressions on peoples faces as they rip down the frozen river on skates in the open air? Pure joy. Winter here is priceless, if you surrender yourself to it, if you make it your friend.

 

 

NQ: What was the most inspirational thing to happen in your week?

 

CM: Right now I teach 9 art classes at a local childrens art studio. It inspires me on the daily. This week I asked a group of girls in one of my classes to finish the sentence ‘When I make art I feel…’ and one of the girls wrote: ‘When I make art I feel: happy and confident. Excited like I could make art forever. I feel like I could be an artist’. I think I’m going to frame it.

 

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NQ: With many new local spots to dine, is there one in particular which really impressed you?

 

CM: Well, I’m currently writing this at ‘The Store Next Door’ which just opened its doors on Monday, by the owners of Chew (on Corydon). I’m sitting at one of two large handmade wooden tables, they have a raw wood farmhouse door separating the bakery/cafe/store from the restaurant, their baked goods look picture perfect, they have take home meals and homemade sauces packaged in mason jars, and I just had the best bowl of potato salad of my life. It just has great vibes. I’m moving in.

 

 

NQ: If you could choose any natural environment to view outside of your window, what would it be?

 

CM: The Ocean. Or a Mountain. And/or both. Aka the view out my grandma’s kitchen window.

 

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NQ: Which musical artist has most recently earned your admiration?

 

CM: Adam Cohen! His new album is beautiful. ‘We Go Home’ is so so beautiful. I am seeing him perform at the West End Cultural center in November. Hopefully I don’t cry like when I saw his father, Leonard Cohen perform two April’s ago. Music is so powerful.

 

 

NQ: Who do you look up to and why?

 

CM: One person?! Right now there are so many people around me that inspire me daily and are doing so many great things out in the world. I will have to claim that it is one of my best girlfriends from Winnipeg, who recently picked up her life and moved to Toronto on a whim, taking major risks all in the name of adventure. It is the first time she’s moved away from home, lived on her own, had to start from scratch to find a job etc. But all of that aside, the conversations we have had about her experiences of establishing herself in a brand new city are so inspiring. I think they have total crossover into the design field. I believe that learning and exploring a new city can be such a catalyst to the design process, and for rapid change, improvement, observations, and motivations. You know that feeling when you buy a brand new sketchbook, and you flip through all it’s crisp, blank white pages? I think moving to a brand new city is exactly like that- the perfect mix of pressure and anxiety, of opportunity and potential. I’m really proud of the first few marks she’s made in that new book.

 

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NQ: What movie are you most anxious to see (new or old)?

 

CM: I decided today I need to brush up on two movies: Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. I watched those when I was so young, I want to explore them as an adult now. You know, just me, a glass of wine, and do re mi fa so la ti do!

 

 

NQ: What is one product you would love to see added to the EQ3 line?

 

CM: EQ3 + In Plan View haha… Tough question though! EQ3 has a wonderfully curated, well rounded collection. I am totally coveting everything that has the option of being built with white marble (your end tables, dining room table, cheese board, etc). Thinking back, I really liked your collaboration with artists for pillow cases, notebooks and tote bags. Carrying feature art prints that are printed and ready to hang would be really phenomenal. Everybody needs more art on their walls!

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