Simple Summer Cocktail

Aug 7, 2014

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Here’s a simple summer drink recipe that’s easy to make and only requires a cocktail shaker or a muddler. Instead of using a simple syrup of sugar and water, which needs to be brought to a simmer on the stove top, this drink uses an easy to make honey syrup. Simply boil some water in a kettle or on the stove and mix two parts honey to one part water.

 

In a cocktail shaker add:

– a hand full of ice
– 1oz honey syrup
– 1oz amber or spiced rum
– 10–12 mint leaves
– juice from half a lime

 

Shake and pour into a glass on top of fresh ice. The ice in the shaker will crush the mint to flavour the drink. I prefer to use a shaker instead of a muddler because it strains out the larger pieces of mint when you pour. Add soda water and stir to finish.

 

If you do not have a cocktail shaker, you can add the ingredients listed above, except for the ice, directly into a glass and use a muddler to crush the mint. Strain, if desired, and then add the ice and soda and stir. Enjoy!

Instagram: July 2014

Aug 1, 2014

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Here’s a roundup of some of our Instagram posts from July 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.

 

 

 

Freebie: Printable August Planner

Aug 1, 2014

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August’s free printable planner features the fun and interactive Tai Stacker Box. Play with colours and textures to create desired configurations and colour schemes that will fit your home. Mix and match colours of frames and metal shelves and for more texture, add a marble shelf for that luxe aesthetic.

 

Click here to download and print the August Monthly Planner.

 

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Feature Image: Tai Stacker Box. (Currently available in-store. Look for it online soon!)

 

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.

Work Crush: Sam Benda

Jul 29, 2014

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We’re loving our new Work Crush series dedicated to EQ3 retail staff and their favourite products. Today we introduce Sam from Toronto.

 

Employee: Sam Benda

Store: EQ3 King Street East, Toronto

Job Title: Sales Manger

Years at EQ3:  4

 

 

About Sam:

 

Born in Whitehorse and raised on Vancouver Island, Sam loves the outdoors and nature. She graduated from OCAD in Toronto from the Environmental Design program. An avid cyclist, Sam once rode from Vancouver to Seattle. To date she’s competed in two triathlons and one duathlon.

 

Sam’s Work Crush:

 

“I’ve chosen the product for its simplistic design, solid wood construction, and the fact I holds a significant amount of weight. I also like the idea of it not having a back so it could be used as a room divider.” - Sam

 

The Reclaimed Teak Shelving unit is part of a large, cohesive collection made with solid reclaimed teak planks from Indonesia. Learn more about the reclaiming process here.

Design Library: Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology

Jul 12, 2014

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Design Volume 10: Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology

Year: 2010

Category: Architecture, Science

Author: Atelier Bow-Wow

Contributors: Terunobu Fujimori, Washida Menruro, Yoshikazu Nango and Enrique Walker

Publisher: Rizzoli New York

 

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Atelier Bow-Wow is an architecture firm like no other, and a favourite of EQ3′s Creative Director Thom Fougere.

 

The Tokyo-based firm is a two-part team, made up of architects Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Known for their use of the urban vernacular, Atelier Bow-Wow follows the framework of “Void Metabolism,” designing small houses that fit between existing buildings and fill the gaps in Tokyo’s residential areas.¹

 

In their book Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorlogy (2010), Tsukamoto and Kaijima explore what it means to design a small house in a big, chaotic city. They present over 30 of their completed architecture projects, many of which are multi-level homes that take advantage of small, unused, and often awkward patches of land in Tokyo.

 

Each of the featured projects are truly unique, their real unifying factor being Atelier Bow-Wow’s extensive research on the behaviorology of these buildings, their environments, and their occupants. Whether its redefining the meaning of “a view” or re-imagining the stair landing as actual living space, the architecture of Atelier Bow-Wow challenges conventional space planning and design practices.

 

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In Gae House, a main floor opening floods the half-basement home office with light. Atelier Bow-Wow (2003)

 

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Windows stand in place of eaves troughs at Gae House, offering an unconventional view to the outdoors. Atelier Bow-Wow (2003)

 

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Kus House makes the most of an oddly shaped lot with its stepped facade and its wall of windows that widen with each level. Atelier Bow-Wow (2004)

 

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A cylindrical staircase connects the many levels of Kus House and provides structural support. Atelier Bow-Wow (2004)

 

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In Tread Machiya, staircase landings serve as living spaces. Atelier Bow-Wow (2008)

 

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Stair treads serve as surfaces for lamps, toss cushions and other objects in Tread Machiya. Atelier Bow-Wow (2008)

 

Tsukamoto and Kaijima’s House & Atelier Bow-Wow is a good example of their consideration towards a building’s behaviorology. Designed to function as Tsukamoto and Kaijima’s residence, as well as Atelier Bow-Wow’s head quarters, this semi-public building is nestled so tightly between adjacent houses that it is barely visible from the street.

 

Atelier Bow-Wow’s answer to these spatial constraints were exterior walls that slant inward to meet code, and large window openings to frame neighbouring houses (a mere 1 to 2 metres away). In this way, they connected their interior to its environment, rather than fought against it.

 

This section drawing from Atelier Bow-Wow and shows the studio / residence’s many levels.

This video tour of House & Atelier Bow-Wow offers another perspective.

 

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House & Atelier Bow-Wow is designed with a slanted exterior to meet code. Atelier Bow-Wow (2005)

 

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Large window openings face neighbouring houses, connecting the interior of House & Atelier Bow-Wow to its surroundings. Atelier Bow-Wow (2005)

 

 

Essays written by contributing professionals in architecture, art and sociology break-up the catalogue of work featured in Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology. The book closes with a look at the art installations (or “micro public spaces”), furniture and other smaller bodies of work that have garnered Atelier Bow-Wow much international attention. You can learn more about past publications from Atelier Bow-Wow here.

 

Architecture for Long-Bodied-Short-Legged Dog, YouTube video by architecturefordogs

 

Source:

1. Atelier Bow-Wow, Terunobu Fujimori, Washida Menruro, Yoshikazu Nango and Enrique Walker (2010). Aterlier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology. Page 13. Location: New York, New York. Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

2. Archinet.com, Atelier Bow-Wow Tokyo Anatomy (interview with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto)

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