EQ3 City Guide; Toronto

Nov 30, 2015

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Next up on our list of amazing cities is Toronto, Ontario, home to two of our retail locations, both located in the heart of the GTA.

 

Best Pizza: Terroni

 

With plenty of locations to choose from, Terroni has perfected authentic Italian pizza. On any one of our visits to Toronto, a stop at this classic eatery is a must. Plus, the Queen Street West location has the most ideal back patio that easily garners our number two best patio spot.

 

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Best Date Spot: Mr. Flamingo

New(ish) to the Dundas West area, Mr. Flamingo is tucked away from the street, situated in a very vibrant, yet cozy resto-bar. The ambience and the menu will definitely impress your date (especially the burrata), and you can conveniently go downstairs to Bambi’s (which is under the same ownership of Mikey Apples) to continue your date!

 

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Best Outdoor Market: Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market

Easily do all of your grocery shopping in this one-stop shop filled with local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, jams, honey and fresh flowers.

 

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Best running route:  High Park

More of a park than a running route, High Park’s beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery does contain unpaved pathways making it the perfect spot for running, while experiencing Toronto at its best.   

 

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Best coffee shop: Sam James

With five coffee bars now open in the best parts of Toronto, Sam James keeps to the basics with simple store designs and the most amazing coffee.

 

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Best Brunch: Saving Grace

Serving everything from sweet and savory staples, along with seasonally inspired specials, the (very) long Saturday and Sunday line is worth every minute.

 

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Best Architectural Building:  Bar Raval

As one the newest, most talked about restaurants in Toronto, Bar Raval quite literally bars none. Its recent list of acknowledgments includes The Design Exchange Emerging Designer Award, Architect Magazine’s R+D award, and The Restaurant & Bar Design Award. Needless to say, its oiled mahogany millwork makes it the most beautiful bar in Toronto.

 

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Best music venue: Massey Hall

One of Toronto’s oldest music venues, Massey Hall has hosted everyone from Aretha Franklin to Justin Bieber. The amazing acoustics make even the furthest seats in the highest balcony feel as if they’re right on stage.

 

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Best cocktail bar: The Black Hoof cocktail bar

With ‘30s and ‘40s jazz music always on, the relaxed speakeasy vibe, and vintage-made cocktails, Black Hoof Cocktail bar is the best place for a manhattan…or two.

 

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Best Patio: Drake hotel

A Toronto staple, the Drake Hotel Queen Street patio offers the best people-watching, as you never know who you will spot checking in or out of the hotel!

 

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Host the Holidays

Nov 19, 2015

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Host the Holidays

 

This holiday season stop by EQ3 to pick up everything you need for the perfect dinner party. Show your friends and family that you were made to entertain!

 

Terrace glassware collection – This elegantly designed glassware features an inwardly turned lip to prevent spills at your dinner party. Available in red wine, white wine, highball and tumbler glasses.

 

Acre tablecloth and table runners – Each available in two sizes and two colours made from  100% cotton woven.

 

Acre napkins – 100% woven cotton, machine washable and now available in red, grey and white with stripe for the holidays.

 

Coast marble napkin holder – Made from natural white marble with grey veining they pair perfectly with the acre napkin of your choice.

 

Ames flatware – Sold in a 20 piece set and made from stainless steel with a clear finish. This dishwasher safe set is made to handle everyday use with special occasion appeal.

 

Abila copper serving tray – Perfect at cocktail parties, special gatherings or as an every day piece on your coffee table, the Abila Serving Tray adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any application. The solid hand-hammered copper is sealed and food safe.

 

Abila copper wine cooler –  Designed to chill champagne, wines or act as a beautiful ice bucket, the hand-hammered copper works hard to keep your libations chilled while perfecting your presentation.

 

Abila copper measuring spoon set –  Making baking more beautiful. Round out the collection with Abila measuring cups.

 

Sagaform cheese dome –  The perfect addition to any party spread! Display or transport your cheese with a beautiful blown glass dome and a solid wood base.

 

Cookie cutters – Available in circle, square, tree and star shapes – get baking!

 

There are plenty more hosting essentials and gift options available online and in stores! Happy hosting!

CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE NORTH

Nov 12, 2015

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EQ3 is thrilled to announce our new exclusive capsule collection: EQ3 Assembly. Embracing EQ3’s Canadian heritage, the collection features a mix of products from accessories to small furnishings as diverse as the country from which it was born, and is a raw snapshot of new blood in Canadian design.

 

Featuring unique pieces from 10 of Canada’s most talented emerging designers – EQ3 Assembly is a true assemblage that reflects the spirit of its makers and gives colour to a new national design identity.

 

Since 2001, EQ3 has been designing and manufacturing modern furniture and accessories in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Existing at the geographical centre of Canada, since its inception EQ3 has been quietly exploring the idea of Canadian design and what that looks like. Now is the time to start a louder conversation.

 

The collection will launch exclusively at the 18th annual Interior Design Show (IDS16)  with a limited edition pop-up shop on the show floor. Assembly will be available at EQ3’s Hanna Avenue location in Toronto starting on Friday, January 22, 2016, and at all other EQ3 locations starting on February 15, 2016.

 

EQ3 is proud to unveil the first five designers and products of its Assembly collection  featuring the works of: Kenneth Lavallee, MSDS Studios, Anthony Frank Keeler, Zoë Mowat Design and Thom Fougere Studios . The remaining five designers and products will be unveiled at the IDS16 Media Preview on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

 

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Kenneth Lavalee
Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist Kenneth Lavallee has made his mark primarily by painting, drawing, and silk-screening, taking inspiration from his environment, his Metis culture andthe independent relationships formed therein. Like Lavallee’s Metis heritage, his Quilt design is a union of ideas, interpreting traditional Aboriginal philosophies through a modern lens.

 

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MSDS Studios
Toronto’s MSDS Studios believes that furniture should act as a stimulating and intimate interface between human and building. Their work synthesizes considerations of material, form, space and brier into resolved works of interior, furniture and lighting design. Their Rack creation was inspired by a simple structure glimpsed in the 1953 film Tokyo Story, by Yasujiro Ozu. 

 

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Anthony Frank Keeler
Award winning industrial designer Anthony Frank Keeler was born in Calgary and has contributed to a variety of work in Toronto as well as New York City. His pieces look to introduce unique forms with subtle emotional qualities. In all of his work, he strives to give character to mass produced objects while making sure they provide a useful function for the consumer. His Arc/Trapezoid Mirror is comprised of only three components – a nickel plated steel reflective surface, an oak support arm and brass fastener, truly simplifying the raw elements of form and function.

 

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Zoë Mowat Design
Zoë Mowat Design, is a furniture and object design studio in Montreal, Quebec, founded by the talented designer Zoë Mowat. Her work has a strong sculptural component with emphasis on simple forms, bold colours and unusual material combinations. Her Dressing Table is designed to be a bright and colourful counterpart to any daily grooming ritual. The design explores geometric composition and takes its inspiration from the lines of Art Deco and the‘poudreuse’ of the past.

 

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Thom Fougere Studio
Founded in Winnipeg and long-time partner of EQ3, Thom Fougere Studio creates products that are characterized by investigations into how we live and interact with the objects in our homes, resulting in pieces that are both subtle and archetypal in form. His Assembly Stool is an exercise in reduction and ergonomics. Like any surface meant for seating, the necessity of comfort is of the highest importance.

 

Join us for the unveiling of the remaining five designers and products of EQ3’s Assembly at IDS16.

Szechwan Carrot Soup

Nov 10, 2015

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Soup

 

INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion, chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch piece

3/4-inch piece fresh gingerroot, peeled and sliced thin

1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1-1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

1 cup milk

Garnish: Cilantro & Crushed Peanuts

 

PREPARATION

In a large heavy saucepan cook onion, celery, and garlic in oil over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Add carrots, gingerroot, red pepper flakes, and broth and simmer, covered, until carrots are very tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and in a blender purée mixture in batches (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return soup to pan and heat over low heat until hot, being careful not to let boil. Serve with crushed peanuts and a small sprig of cilantro. Enjoy!

Boobyball

Nov 3, 2015

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This year, EQ3 was invited to join in supporting one of the most coveted and high profile fundraising events, Boobyball. Boobyball was launched in 2002 by a group of dedicated young women in support of their friend Sarah O’Regan, who at just 23 years old was diagnosed with aggressive, advanced breast cancer. This event has succeeded in bringing breast health awareness to the forefront and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!

 

In preparation for the event, we decided to pull some of our classic pieces in Boobyball pink!

 

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We hope to see everyone on November 7 at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba for Planet Boobyball.

 

1. Vitra Elephant – Light Pink $330
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/eq3plus/in-good-company/vitra/eames-elephant.html

2. Bilo Candle Holder Set $59.99

 

3. Marimekko Pirput Parput Cushion – $75
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/eq3plus/in-good-company/marimekko/pirput-parput-cushion.html

4. Lyla Side Chair –Coral $179.00 on sale $149
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/dining/seating/dining-chairs/lyla-side-chair.html

5. Acre napkings set/4 – $19.99
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/accessories/dining/tableware/acre-napkins-4-pack.html

6. Sagaform – POP side plate $9.95
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/eq3plus/in-good-company/sagaform/pop-side-plate.html

 

7. Sagaform- POP Mug $9.95
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/eq3plus/in-good-company/sagaform/pop-mug.html

 

8. Arie chair in Lana Pink – custom pricing

 

9. Marimekko Kullervo pillow cover $45

 

10. Eetu Pendant Lamp $199.99
https://www.eq3.com/us/en/productdetail/lighting/lighting/pendant-lamps/eetu-pendant-lamp.html

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