Copenhagen 2015

Mar 13, 2015

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Downtown Copenhagen

 

This past month I was lucky enough to visit a few colleagues over in Denmark and spend some time experiencing the culture, landscape and total buzz for design. I was smitten; the colours of the buildings, the patterns in the streets, the happy people. I always had high expectations for Denmark but it met and exceeded every one of them and I truly can’t wait to go back.

 

One of my colleagues took me through downtown which was flooded with cafes, local fashion and quaint design shops. We could’ve spent days browsing in this one area. We climbed The Round Tower, built in the 17th century, to gain the best view of the area and on the way up we stopped into the Library Hall which was exhibiting a collection of artwork from various artists – photographers, painters, graphic designers, textile designers, architects, poets, musicians, etc.. Below are a few photos I snapped, along with an excerpt from author and composer, Benedicte Nordin, who curated the exhibit The Game of Masks.

 

The Round Tower

 

The Game of Masks 

Or did you see the leaves of sage

Turn into wings against the sun of springtime

And fly away like butterflies

Like owls –

Or maybe like an angel –“

(From “Déguisements”. Benedicte Nordin. 2013)

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“As human beings, being the directors of our lives, we experience moments of happiness forgetting ourselves. Working with understanding and being understood, with sharpening expression and impression. Blood seeping from our nails, we insist. We insist. And we forget ourselves. Trying to capture the translucent moment of transformation, the nano-second where the statement, the music, the poem, the picture rip off there masks. For a long time having been in the process of being replayed to a state of frenzy, deleted, rewritten, tumbled, seemingly immovable. In the blink of an eye we become time-travellers on the little miracle ship of revelation moving from one state of being to another. Smoothly.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“It’s as simple as it’s complicated. No more disguises. The masks have fallen. The last piece of the puzzle has been put into place. But what happens now? A little angel from chaos passes by and in a jiffy turns the box upside-down. Think again!”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“Off we go. Solving new riddles. Looking for the perfect. Once more, we must go out there meeting the mirrors. Once more we are participating in the game of the masks and its jolly, irresistible dangerous game. Do we know each other? Do we know ourselves? Is the man the mask? Is the mask the man? We know so little about each other. And we know so little about ourselves.”

 

The Library Hall in The Round Tower

 

“The World is a Stage. True. A stage with innumerable possibilities.

Scary and redeeming.

Like the mask.

Copenhagen the 5. of December 2014.”

Benedicte Nordin.

 

View from The Round Tower

 

Freebie: Desktop Wallpaper – March

Mar 2, 2015

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March’s desktop wallpaper is a photograph showcasing a variety of the many different materials and finishes used within our product line.

 

3840 × 2400  |  2560 × 1440  |  1920 × 1200  |  1680 × 1051  |  1440 × 900  |  1280 × 800
iPhone 5 (s)  |  iPhone 6  |  iPhone 6 plus  |  iPad

 

Note: This wallpaper is intended for personal use only. Download it, enjoy it and share it with your friends! However, commercial use and distribution of this wallpaper for profit is strictly prohibited. Thanks for your cooperation.

Rose Coloured World

Feb 27, 2015

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A lot of my time is spent roaming the Asia-Pacific region visiting quite a few countries and spending time with the talented individuals that construct many of our Casegoods and Accessory products. Aside from visiting all of my friends and overseas colleagues, I am the most excited when I have the chance to visit our ceramics supplier in Indonesia.

 

Ceramics are tricky to produce. Any small cracks or air bubbles in any one piece can wreak havoc (and cause a mini explosion!) when a large batch is fired. To help check for these imperfections the team we work with produces all of their pieces in shades of pink to highlight these potential imperfections. When speaking with the production manager he mentioned that as soon as they started leaving these pieces pink morale went up and productivity soon followed.

 

It’s hard to say for sure if this delicate hue was the sole cause of these heightened spirits but visiting this place it’s hard to see how it wouldn’t brighten anyone’s day. If Prada‘s f/w 15 collection is any indication –  all us girls might soon be traipsing around in two piece pink suits. I can’t wait.

 

Until then – here are some photo’s from my visit with our supplier earlier this month.

 

 

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Marie Rose Place

Feb 20, 2015

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Inspirational women thriving in an inspirational space.

 

That was the exact vibe I got visiting Marie Rose Place, a new, affordable housing project in Winnipeg for immigrant women and their children. Next door to the centre is Holy Names House of Peace, a landing pad/safe home for single, refugee and immigrant women. Once these women are able to get on their feet, and secure work, they’ve got access to a viable housing option that offers all the basic amenities and of course, a warm community. It doesn’t hurt that it’s easy on the eyes either.

 

When EQ3 got wind of the project, we got involved by providing affordable furnishings for the building’s 40 suites and rec room.

 

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Last Friday, our photographer Charles and I were lucky enough to get a tour and learn all about the 6-story Edmonton Street apartment. Fallon Gladu, design consultant for the project acted as our guide, leading us through the bright and punchy coloured hallways where the smell of curry heavily lingered in the best way imaginable.

 

Our first stop was the main floor rec room. It’s a work in progress as the team at MRP will be adding elements of warmth to make this common area feel more like home. The intention was to create a space for all the tenats to use, where they can hang out and get to know one another a little better.

 

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Next, we visited one of the current tenant’s suites. Regina Silva and her daughter Maria Francesca warmly greeted us and welcomed us into their home.

 

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When Regina and her daughter moved in, they had all the basic building blocks in their space – a sofa, beds, lighting, a coffee table and entertainment unit all from EQ3. It was amazing to see how they personalized their space to make it uniquely theirs. Note the coloured lanterns hanging from the Six Globe Floor Lamp.

 

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And the feminine touches of pink.

 

I sat with Regina and learned a little bit more about her journey and life at Marie Rose Place, while Francesca showed Charles around their place.

 

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Suzy: Where are you from?
Regina: Manila, Phillipines.

 

Suzy: How did you end up in Winnipeg?
Regina: Ended up? Am I ending now?

(We all laughed, and I knew then I’d really like her.)

Regina: I was given a chance to live here. It’s a new challenge, but at the same time, a new opportunity for me. A new place to explore.

 

Suzy: What do you think of the cold?
Regina: Well that’s the main challenge – but I see it as an opportunity to create something. Thinking of an event to make it an attraction – outdoor sports, a fun run.

 

Suzy: What do you do?
Regina: I work at a call centre in the evenings, but during the day I’m studying business – event planning, advertising, graphics, internet marketing. My daughter wants to take up architecture. If you see her bedroom she’s really very meticulous and organized.

 

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Case in point.

 

Suzy: Where had you been living prior to Marie Rose Place and what were the conditions like?
Regina: I was living on David Street, by the Perimeter. It was a basic apartment – nothing special, but clean. But with this – it’s like I’m living in a hotel. It’s very comfortable.

 

Suzy: What was your initial reaction when you saw where you’d be living?
Regina: I didn’t expect it to be so nice and modern. It’s my dream to live in a place like this.

 

Suzy: How has your new environment impacted your daily life?
Regina: I’m more creative and more productive. And it’s accessible to everything – any place I want to go. People told me not to go downtown, but I think it’s safe. I’ve found it’s really nice. For me, I see people going into the office as early as 5 and 6. That motivates me. It’s a big difference.

 

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(Did I forget to mention the 11-foot ceilings and big windows?)

 

Suzy: What’s it like being surrounded by other women who have been in a similar situation?
Regina: I found a new family here – we help each other. Especially the single moms. We help with the schedules and especially with the kids: picking them up and sending them to the bus stop. We’re helping each other.

 

Suzy: What kind of activities do you enjoy doing at home?
Regina: Whenever we’re home, we’re cleaning, organizing things, studying, eating. My daughter loves to bake.

 

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Suzy: What does she bake?

Regina: Dark chocolate cake.

We listen to music, watch television, spend time on our laptops. I love reading business and entrepreneur magazines. I took fine arts – I used to paint and do graphics

 

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Suzy: Where’s your favourite place to spend your time in here?
Regina: The nook – I like to read, do my work, eat here. Actually, everywhere is my favourite spot.

 

Suzy: What are your next steps?
Regina: Pursue my online business, while travelling back and forth between the Philippines.

 

 

Our visit left me feeling totally inspired – Regina’s optimism was incredibly refreshing. It’s amazing how your environment can lend itself so much to that. This bright and airy, modern space continues to improve the lives of these women and keep them motivated.

 

I think I can speak for both Charles and I when I say that visit was the best start to the weekend. Hopefully hearing about it does the same for you too.

 

-Suzy

Music Library: In Love // Out of Love

Feb 13, 2015

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PLAYLIST 02.13.2014

 

In honour of Valentine’s day, here is a playlist filled with songs perfect for falling in and out of love.
I searched my depressingly (impressively?) extensive list of first date and breakup playlists (as well as those of my friends) to piece together this eclectic bunch of songs.

Hopefully some will earn a coveted spot within your own collections of love songs that can only be listened to on repeat.

 

In Love

01. I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
02. Well You Better – Yo La Tengo Fade
03. The Start of Something – Voxtrot Raised By Wolves EP
04. Everyday – Vetiver Tight Knit
05. Even In the Rain – The Fiery Furnaces I’m Going Away
06. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues
07. You and I – Wilco Wilco (The Album)
08. Sea of Love – Cat Power The Covers Record
09. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See
10. Baby – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
11. Can’t Do Without You – Caribou Our Love

 

Out of Love

12. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer – The Cardigans Super Extra Gravity
13. I Don’t Want to Get Over You – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
14. Lost Cause – Beck Sea Change
15. I’m Not Through With You Yet – Sloan Navy Blues
16. F*cking Boyfriend (Live) – The Bird and the Bee Live At the Palms EP (E)
17. Paper Bag – Fiona Apple When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King…
18. Working Titles – Damien Jurado Maraqopa
19. Meaningless – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
20. Hellhole Ratrace – Girls Album
21. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush Hounds of Love
22. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi

 

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