2011 Design Talks

Saturday, January 29, 2011 |11am to 2pm | FREE

Gladstone Hotel Ballroom | 1214 Queen St West | Limited Seating

Hosted By: Jeremy Vandermeij

This year’s CUTMR Design Talks asks the organizers of Toronto’s Design Offsite (TO DO) shows: What to do? Representatives from MADE at Home, the Institute Without Boundaries, Capacity, Tools and CUTMR reflect on this question, anticipating what’s next in Toronto design, design communities, exhibition making, collaboration, and more.


Marie Collier

Marie is a recent MA graduate in art history from the Courtauld Institute in London (UK), where she studied Soviet architectural photography.  She has worked with MADE on Radiant Dark 2009 and is currently an animateur at the Power Plant.

Luigi Ferrara

Luigi Ferrara is the Director of the School of Design and the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College in Canada. His previous accomplishments include his time with the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) where he served as an Executive Board Member from 1997-2003, and then as President in 2003-05, after which he assumed the role of an ICSID Senator. Registered Architect with seal (member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada). He was also the President and CEO of DXNet Inc. between 1999-2002. Executive Director of ICSID ‘97: Humane Village Congress. Founding Director of the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF). Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACID O). In addition to his roles as architect, designer, entrepreneur, educator and lecturer, Luigi has curated exhibitions and authored books and catalogues

Joy Charbonneau

H.B.A. // M.Arch. // OAA Intern

Joy aims to create intelligent architecture and design. Her work is thoughtful and inventive – it is often her motivation to provoke curiosity and delight.

Joy has lived and worked in Germany and Holland and now resides in Toronto. Her work has been shown in various publications including Wallpaper and Azure. She works with Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in Toronto, and frequently collaborates with Derek McLeod Design.

Christina Zeidler

Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over twenty titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television. In 2003 Christina was named one of Toronto’s 10 Best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey, and won the Best Canadian Media award at the 2004 Images Film Festival. Christina has been the Developer and President of the  Gladstone Hotel since 2003, focusing on the renovation and revitalization of the building through a community based approach. She was the creator of the Artist-Designed Room Project (inviting 37 local artist/designers to implement individually designed hotel rooms) and co-curator of CUTMR, with Pamila Matharu since its inception in 2004.

Shaun Moore, Partner, MADE

Moore, a furniture designer by training, is partner in MADE, aretailer dedicated to promoting independent Canadian Design. MADE also produces an annual design exhibition, this year titled MADE at HOME.

Pamila Matharu

Pamila Matharu is an independent artist, cultural producer and educator. Her art practice is rooted in organizing projects, photography, film, video, and installation based work. Recent curatorial projects include: CUTMR with Christina Zeidler (2004-2008), TAAFI (Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, 2004, 2005) and Docu Lomo (Gallery TPW, 2002.) In 2005, she was short listed for the Untitled Art Awards’ Best Emerging Curator and won the Jury’s Choice Award in both 2004 and 2005 Untitled Art Awards for her organizational contribution to TAFFI.

Katherine Morley

Katherine Morley is co-curator and producer of the multidisciplinary design exhibit “Capacity”. She is an industrial designer, whose work can be seen during TIDF’11 in Capacity, Upstairs at MADE, Do Design West and at the Interior Design Show.

Jeremy Vandermeij

Jeremy is currently the Creative Director at the Gladstone Hotel where he is working hard to tell the phenomenal story of the Hotel. He’s also a Co-Director of the grassroots volunteer socio-green design organization, Public Displays of Affection.

He has worked as a designer for 8 years in architecture and interior design and has been art-making since he was old enough to negotiate tools.  He has taught at Ryerson University, lectured at The City School, curate Come Up To My Room 2009/2010/2011, worked for Roundabout Studio Inc, ALSOP Architects, and The Design Exchange. He loves collaborating with burgeoning talent.