CUTMR 2017Gladstone Hotel's Alternative Design Exhibition

Come Up to My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual 4-day alternative design exhibition. Each year CUTMR provides artists and designers the opportunity to take risks, to push their ideas, to evoke meaning not just function. For CUTMR 2017, curators Jana Macalik, Christophe Jivraj and Lukus Toane have put together a group of innovative creators that will transform all four floors of the hotel with their immersive installations. We still don’t know what it will look like, what direction everyone took—and we won’t know until the doors open. Join the design surprise from Jan 19-22, 2017!

See CUTMR 2017 artist projects here.


Come Up to My Room was conceived in 2004 by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu as a vehicle for experimentation and interaction within the fields of art and design. Acting as counterpoint to the Interior Design Show (IDS) and giving rise to the more recent Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), CUTMR has since become a cornerstone of the Toronto alternative design scene. Over the years, CUTMR has featured the work of hundreds of artists and designers from Canada and abroad, and continuously challenged participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working.

The 14th installment of CUTMR will take place from Jan 19 – Jan 22, 2017.

CUTMR 2017: Transplant 

Our relationship with the world and with those around us is informed and affected by geopolitics, media, and our digital social interactions. Ideas, knowledge, and culture filtered and expressed through these exchanges evolve once transmitted and transferred from one place and to another. Through this act of transplantation, art, media, and culture converge, diverge, and reemerge into new and unique collective entities. But will these new ideas, concepts, and experiences be disruptive or will they acquiesce to their new environment. Through our dealings with the fast evolving environment surrounding us we are left working to define our place in the chaos. The physical and conceptual act of transplantation is a phenomenon to be explored by designers and artists.

In CUTMR 2017, ideas and concepts collide with objects and space resulting in the physical manifestation of unique interpretations of the notion of transplantation.

2017 Featured Artists
1:1 Collaborative; 302collective; Kaitlyn Bourden; Bruno Billio + Joseph Clement; Jeffrey Chiu; Grove Collective; RSID Year End Show Committee; Toronto Design Offsite Festival; Amanda Gresik; Deena Jamokha + Kaya Kim; Simon Johns; Tara Krebs; Totem Design Co.; Patrick Li; Rana Malik; Rey Midax, Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF); Laura Peturson; Jennie Suddick + Anna Rose; Marian Wihak; OCAD U Student Gallery curated by Alisa Maria Wronski