Freebie: Printable June Planner

Jun 1, 2014

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Summer is just around the corner, but mother nature is already bringing the heat. Stock up on lighter accessories made from natural materials, like the EQ3 Coast Marble Bowl featured in this month’s June calendar. The bowl’s cool marble surface will be a welcome addition to any room in the house.


Click here to download and print the June Monthly Planner.



Feature Image: Coast Marble Bowl


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.

Instagram: The Best of SF

May 31, 2014

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As we wrap up EQ3 San Francisco’s Grand Opening, we just want to say thanks to all of the people that played a role in making the new flagship store launch so great! EQ3′s Visual and Marketing teams played a particularly crucial role, working long, hard days to ensure the showroom looked its best.


Their sacrifice didn’t come without perks, though. Here’s an insta look at highlights from their stint in the City by the Bay.

Instagrams taken by staff at our Head Office and EQ3 retail stores. For more great Instagrams, follow our company account @EQ3_Furniture.

#EQ3SF American Flagship’s Design Revealed

May 31, 2014

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Hello San Francisco! This morning marks opening day for EQ3′s new American Flagship Store: EQ3 San Francisco.


Located in a warehouse in San Francisco’s Design District, the 12,000 square foot retail showroom was designed to balance EQ3′s modern aesthetic with the industrial nature of the historic structure. EQ3′s Creative Director, Thom Fougere, headed up the new design; and, here we’ve compiled a selection of Thom’s work from each stage of the design process – from initial concept drawings and modelling, to progress shots during construction, to final photographs of the completed showroom.


Of course, pictures could never compete with the real thing, so if you’re near the Bay Area, stop by and see the new flagship store in person! Remember to Instagram or Tweet your experience with #EQ3SF for a chance to win furniture from EQ3!






Model, EQ3 San Francisco



Plan, EQ3 San Francisco






Thom set up this makeshift desk in the existing space while he worked on the new design












Window vinyls designed by Alex, in-house graphic designer at EQ3









Marimekko shop-in-shop at EQ3 San Francisco














Image Source: All photographs credited to Thom Fougere

#EQ3SF Virtual Party Pass

May 30, 2014

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After months of planning, designing, and renovating our new San Francisco retail showroom, the EQ3 team was ready for a party!


Yesterday night, EQ3 San Francisco hosted 80 local designers, bloggers and media for a special drop-in preview party. Marimekko President (North America)  Isabelle Cadieux-Fabian, as well as Marimekko Marketing Director (NA) Anastacia Stathakis and Senior Director of Wholesale (NA) Paula Nikkanen were also in attendance. There was lots of mingling, Instagramming, and of course, shopping. Guests were treated to a signature EQ3 red drink made with sake, and cocktail worthy hors d’oeuvres from Barbara Llewellyn. It was the perfect way to launch the new showroom.


Thanks to everyone who came out for the event! Your enthusiastic comments, Tweets and Instagrams made our night (see their ‘live’ posts on the #EQ3SF gallery here). We’re definitely feeling the love.



From left to right: Thom Fougere (EQ3 Creative Director), Allison Dineen (EQ3 Marketing & Communications Coordinator) and Anastacia Stathakis (Director of Marketing & PR, Marimekko North America)



EQ3 President and CEO Peter Tielmann



Middle: Janette Crawford (Founder & blogger at Sun + Dotter) and Erin Hiemstra (Founder, CEO & blogger at Apartment 34)





From left to right: Miranda Jones (Co-founder of Galanter & Jones), Adrienne Arieff (Principal at Arieff Communications) and Maja Smith (Interior Designer)



Melissa (blogger at Savvy in San Francisco)



Signature cocktail: EQ3 Red by SakeOne



Two on left: Paula Nikkanen (Senior Director of Wholesale, Marimekko North America), Isabelle Cadieux-Fabian (President, Marimekko North America)



Janette Crawford (Founder / blogger at Sun + Dotter)



Bradley Hilton (EQ3 SF Showroom Manager, shown in middle) with Allison Dineen (EQ3 Marketing and Communications Coordinator) and the EQ3 Visual Team (Katie, Cliff and Monica)



Left: Natalia Daniel (Director at Arieff Communications) / Right: Angela Tafoya (San Francisco Editor at Refinery 29)





On right: Jim Hunt (EQ3 Vice President of Sales and Marketing)



From Left to right: Peter Tielmann (EQ3 President and CEO) and Thom Fougere (EQ3 Creative Director)


EQ3 San Francisco officially opens its doors tomorrow, and Bay Area residents are invited to join us for the showroom’s Grand Opening from 9am to 7pm. This weekend only, customers can save up to 20% off EQ3 purchases! They’ll also save 15% off iconic furniture from Herman Miller!


We’ve also got some great prizes to giveaway:


First Prize: Table setting for 2 from the Marimekko Weather Diary Collection (courtesy of Marimekko)
Second Prize: $250.00 EQ3 Gift Card
Third Prize: Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack (courtesy of Herman Miller)


Want more sneak peeks? Check back here in the morning to scout out the store before doors open.We’ll have a full photo tour of the new showroom waiting for you on the blog!

Design Library: 5 San Francisco Books You Should Read this Summer

May 30, 2014

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We love sending you into the weekend with something good to read in design, art and culture.


Today’s installment of Design Library is extra special, because we’ve got not 1 but 5 book recommendations for you! Sticking with the theme of the week – San Francisco – we’ve compiled a list of books covering SF culture and curiosities. We’re excited to work our way through the list, and hope you are too!



Cover of Meanwhile in San Francisco, Illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton





Design Volume 09.1: Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in It’s Own Words

Year: 2014

Category: Art, Culture

Author + Illustrator: Wendy MacNaughton

Publisher: Chronicle Books


This one is at the top of our list for a reason! In her book, Meanwhile in San Francisco, renowned San Francisco based artist Wendy MacNaughton takes readers on an illustrated stroll through the City by the Bay. The book is a collection of illustrations from MacNaughton’s own sketchbook, and captures the city’s culture in everything from farmer’s market vendors to San Francisco’s beloved Golden Gate Bridge. Bonus: the book jacket unfolds into an illustrated poster!


Meanwhile in San Francisco just hit shelves in March of this year and it’s already sold out! It might be tough to get your hands on a copy today, but you’ll be able to get your reading fix soon. Wendy says the new edition should be out any day. See you at the bookstore?!





Design Volume 09.2: Why is that Bridge Orange? San Francisco for the Curious

Year: 2013

Category: Travel, History, Culture

Author: Art Peterson

Publisher: Inquiring Minds Productions


Finally, a city guide written by someone who knows and loves the city! In Why is that Bridge Orange?, author and lifelong Bay Area resident Art Peterson looks at the everyday sights and eccentricities that make up San Francisco, and answers 86 questions you may have wondered about them. Questions like Why is that Bridge Orange? or Why is Lombard Street Crooked? It’s a tourist book for the local and the guest, alike.



Design Volume 09.3: Donald Olsen: Architect of Habitable Abstractions

Year: 2013

Category: Architecture, History

Author: Pierluigi Serraino, with Introduction by John Winter

Publisher: William Stout Publishers


In his book, Donald Olsen: Architect of Habitable Abstractions, author Pierluigi Serraino documents the post-war, purist houses of San Francisco based architect Donald Olsen. Serriano uses richly illustrated drawings, plans and photographs to highlight examples of Olsen’s modernist work, which was greatly influenced by the Bauhaus School of Design’s modernist movement.



Design Volume 09.4: Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Year: 2013

Category: Travel, History, Culture

Author: Gary Kamiya

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA


Part history, part reporting, and part lyrical prose, Cool Gray City of Love offers a portrait of San Francisco that sounds as eclectic and unpredictable as the city itself. Fourty-nine chapters tell the story of 49 specific sites or intersections in the city. A collection of 49 hand-drawn maps completes the beautiful depiction of the City by the Bay.



Design Volume 09.5: Mid-Century by the Bay

Year: 2010

Category: Architecture, Photography, History

Author: Heather M. David

Publisher: CalMod Books (California Modern)


Mid-Century by the Bay is a celebration of post Word War II architecture in San Francisco. Author Heather David brings us back into the past with vintage ephemera, including some of her own photography, of the post war suburbs to the futuristic commercial architecture of that time.


Image Source: Book cover illustration used with permission by Wendy MacNaughton

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