Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

Ginger Apple Cocktail

Nov 5, 2014

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AppleGingerCocktail-3_working3Crisp Champagne Glass – Buy it here

 

Here’s a simple autumn inspired cocktail using fresh apples, pear vodka, and ginger ale! You will need to make a simple honey syrup by combining two parts honey to one part boiling water. Stir to dissolve and allow to it cool slightly.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:
– 1 oz pear flavoured vodka
– .75 oz lime juice
– .75 oz honey syrup
– 3 slices of fresh apple

 

Use a muddler to break up the apple slightly, and to combine the ingredients. Add a hand full of ice and shake to combine. Pour into a glass on top of fresh ice and top it up with ginger ale. Add a thin apple slice to the rim as garnish and Enjoy!

 

Work Crush: Kari Bernhardt

Nov 5, 2014

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Employee: Kari Bernhardt

Store: EQ3 Calgary

Job Title: Sales Associate

Years at EQ3: 3

 

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About Kari:
“I began working at EQ3 after coming in and purchasing the Martian lamp. I loved the modern design of the product line and that EQ3 is a Canadian company. Currently I am finishing my Visual Design certificate with Interior Design Specialization at U of C.  My free time is spent with my favorite boys, my son Ben (who took this photo) and my dogs George & Henry.”

 

Kari’s Work Crush:
“My work crush is my Mollie chair shown in Marimekko Praliini fabric. It is a fun and versatile occasional chair that can add a pop to a room with a great pattern or bright colour. The price point is great and the chair is really quite comfortable.”

 

The custom made Mollie chair is available in any fabric or leather of your choice. Love Mollie as much as Kari does? Shop it here

Freebie: Printable November Planner

Nov 1, 2014

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November’s free printable planner features the Klere Bookcase. Offering a simple and streamlined esthetic, this bookcase presents a variety of storage sizes that can accommodate books, magazines and decorative items. Coordinates well with other products from the Klere collection.

 

Click here to download and print the November Monthly Planner.

 

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Feature Image: Klere Bookcase

 

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.

 

Music Libray: Alternative Halloween Mix

Oct 30, 2014

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PLAYLIST 10.30.2014

 

This is not your average halloween playlist. You may notice that the King of Pop’s “Thriller” or the classic “Monster Mash” along with any other classic halloween songs you’re used to, have been omitted from this playlist. I figured you will have heard those songs enough by the time Halloween has passed so I thought I’d try something a little different. All of the songs on this playlist had to meet the following (albeit very loose) criteria: songs have to have a ominous, Halloweeny feel to them, and/or the song or artist name has to relate to Halloween in some way. So if you’re tired of hearing the same old songs every halloween maybe this mix can fulfill your halloween music needs. Have a safe and spooky weekend!

 

01. Nightcall – Kavinsky Outrun
02. Phantom Pt II – Justice 
03. Preben Goes to Acapulco – Todd Terje It’s Album Time
04. Shoom – Trust TRST
05. Get Got (E) – Death Grips The Money Store
06. The Wilhelm Scream – James Blake James Blake
07. You Took Your Time (ft. King Krule) – Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
08. Cereal Killer (E) – Method Man & Redman Blackout!
09. Pink Slime – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
10. Cemetry Gates – The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
11. Abducted – Cults Cults
12. Little Fang – Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks Enter the Slasher House
13. Freaking Out the Neighborhood – Mac Demarco 2
14. Heartbeats – The Knife Deep Cuts
15. Killa – Tune-Yards W H O K I L L
16. Howling at the Moon – Phantogram Voices
17. Magic Spells – Crystal Castles Crystal Castles
18. Skeleton Boy – Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
19. Bad Kingdom – Moderat II
20. Here Comes the Night Time – Arcade Fire Reflektor
21. Demons – The National Trouble Will Find Me
22. Mirror in the Dark – Twin Shadow Confess

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