Author Archives: Deborah

Christina Zeidler | public space


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BIO Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist. 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 for her films Machine Guts and Kill Road. Her video and photo installations have shown at galleries in Toronto …

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MADE | public space


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BIO MADE is Shaun Moore, a furniture maker, and Julie Nicholson, a printmaker. A common passion for thoughtful and innovative design spurred the pair to create and environment to develop their own designs, while providing a forum for creative individuals to showcase inspired objects. In September of 2006 MADE opened a showroom at 867 Dundas …

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Marco Jacob | Room 214


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BIO Born in Lima, Peru, Marco Jacob is completing has Masters in Architecture at the University of Toronto. STATEMENT “It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorain Gray Smoke and Mirrors is an …

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StudioEXIT | Room 213


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BIO studioEXIT is a collaboration between Sharif Khan, Robert Eland, Patryk Ilendo, Chris Buehrle, Maximilian Johnson and Nicholas Waissbluth. studioEXIT is engaged in theoretical and formal projects exploring the processed related to the “act of making” in art and architecture. Engaging with carious subjects and scales, studioEXIT’s portfolio ranges from gallery installations to design-build projects …

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Castor | Room 212


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BIO Castor Canadensis is Brian Richer and Ryan Taylor. According to Brian, “Above and beyond plebeian comfort objections, the structural dynamic analysis must utilize and be functionally interwoven with the philosophies of commonality and standardization.” Ryan agrees and expands on these principles by stating that, “In the final rationalization, the massing of major elements presents …

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Souvenir Shop | Room 211


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Motherbrand presents OCAD art & design students STATEMENT In this room, we will be selling original and small-batch productions of keepsakes and souvenirs. These affordable and curious objects have been created and exhibited by OCAD students and edited by Motherbrand.  


Bruno Billio | Room 209


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BIO Bruno Billio is an interior designer, installation artist and resident artist at the Gladstone Hotel. His work involves transforming everyday objects through repurposing them in unconventional ways. STATEMENT House Jockey will demonstrate how I can breathe new life into your existing home furniture and accessories to create a more functional, balanced and harmonious space. …

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Patricia Schraven | Room 208


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BIO Designer and maker Patricia Schraven is based in Buffalo, New York. Her formal studies began at Sheridan College’s School of Crafts and Design, and continued at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she studies sculpture and art theory. She currently works for Datesweiser furniture, a manufacturer of custom contract furniture. Patricia …

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Covello Reesor | Room 207


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BIO Covell Reesor is a design studio based in downtown Toronto. Cristina Covello and Andrew Reesor pursue both collaborative projects and individual work. Their approach to each project varies, but always includes thinking, material exploration, and an evaluation or how people relate to and make use of designed objects. STATEMENT The history of the settlement …

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coe&waito | Room 206


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BIO coe&waito is a collaborative partnership between Alison Coe and Carly Waito. The pair were brought together by a mutual desire to make beautiful and personal objects that thoughtfully bridge ceramics and industrial design. Since graduating from OCAD in 2004, they have been designing and producing porcelain objects in their studio in downtown Toronto. STATEMENT …

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Lint Picking | Room 205


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Motherbrand presents Cynthia Hathaway, Todd Falkowsky, Michael and Ina Erdmann, and Angela Noonan BIO Motherbrand seeks out opportunities to collaborate with Canadian creatives from a wide range of disciplines. Our projects bring together these unique talents and perspectives to find inspiration in our distinct ‘local’ culture. STATEMENT Canadian designers go navel gazing to see what …

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Scott Eunson | Room 204


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BIO Scott Eunson’s explorations into the world of art and design privilege a focus on hands-on activity and sensitivity to materials, while looking to generate new processes and forms. Scott’s work has found its way into exhibitions, collections and commercial projects around the world. Scott was a participant in the very first Come Up To …

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Suanne McGregor | Room 202


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BIO Suanne McGregor is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums. Operating her own business since 1985, Suanne’s projects include murals, backdrops, restaurant interiors, and exteriors, and window and in-store displays and installations for clients such as HMV Canada, Holt Renfrew Café, Fallsview Casino Resort and Universal Music, among others. Most recently, Suanne …

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Magic Pony | Room 201


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BIO Magic Pony is a gallery, studio, and retail environment dedicated to expanding the traditional notions of fine art and design by presenting work that blurs boundaries between art, commerce and creative living. Based in Toronto, Magic Pony collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists to create unique exhibits and products. Designer toys, clothing, printed matter, plush and …

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James Wright | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? James Wright “What games shall we play?”  


Thomas Quan | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Thomas Quan “But I always say, one’s company, …

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Ryan Leggasicke | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Ryan Leggasicke “Shhhh. Listen, I have an idea. …

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Paul Campbell | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Paul Campbell transparency and the desire for rest …

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Joel Robson | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Joel Robson A dialogue can develop when two …

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Ryan McLay | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Ryan McLay “Come sit down and let’s trade …

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Studio Exit | seating


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Each year at CUTMR the hallways have naturally created space for people to connect with each other and reflect on what they have seen. This theme in mind, each artist was asked the same question: If your seating project for CUTMR could talk, what would it say? Studio Exit I sat, she sat, we sat, …

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Jenny Francis & Lisa Mann | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Jenny Francis & Lisa Mann We have designed a chandelier composed of frozen bound latex glove sculptures that capture light in subtly shifting transparencies as they thaw and refreeze. The light comes from the south during the day and …

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Orest Tataryn | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Orest Tataryn I would like to say that it’s an intellectual or philosophical questioning of artificial lighting’s relationships to evolving socialization. But it’s not that. More than anything else, the attraction lies in the direction of the moth fascinated …

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Missile Design | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Missile Design The effect of light through a diffuser can be as profound as it is unpredictable. Much has yet to be explored while technology keeps the medium fresh and push-able.  


Megan Whiten | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Megan Whiten I wanted to give my work a luminescence, to create a floating, ethereal, sea creature feel. And the lighting enhances the embroidered text. In this case, lighting was more of a practical element, as opposed to something …

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Dennis Lin | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Dennis Lin I work in lighting to create an environment, a mood. Lighting is one of the strongest ways to create an environment. This piece really relies on the end user, the viewer, to ask questions. The lighting helps …

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Lisa Neighbour | lighting


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Each lighting artist was asked the same question: Why are you drawn to light and lighting? Lisa Neighbour I’m so glad you asked that question, it is one I have asked myself more than a few times. 1. I’m afraid of the dark. 2. I can’t see in the dark. 3. I find myself in …

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Motherbrand | Room 214


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BIO Motherbrand seeks out opportunities to collaborate with Canadian creatives from a wide range of disciplines. Our projects bring together these unique talents and perspectives to find inspiration in our distinct ‘local’ culture. Our best-known project, Cabin introduced new works by more that twenty or Canada’s brightest designers. Drawing from the best of the cabin …

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Melanie Zanker & Kelly Palmer | Room 213


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BIO Kelly Palmer and Melanie Zanker are two artists from different disciplines who use their mediums to explore design. Palmer’s career as a theatrical scenic painter has influenced her work as an artist. She paints Canadian landscapes that are engaged with mobile structures exploring and interacting within the spaces. Zanker’s artistic endeavours have shaped a …

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Relish | Room 212


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BIO Relish Design is the studio division of Relish, directed by Paul Mezei, a practitioner, educator and writer who works collaboratively with a network of designers, makers and experts in all fields. Relish design thanks University of Toronto School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design for it s support of this work. STATEMENT Interdisciplinary design studio …

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Terence Cooke | Room 211


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BIO Terence Cooke is a Toronto-based industrial designer with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Alberta. Since his graduation in 2003 Cooke had been featured on House & Home Television as one of Canada’s up-and-coming designers, and had had work featured in publications Azure. Canadian Interiors, and The Globe and Mail. Cooke’s …

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Bruno Billio & Miriam Grenville | Room 209


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BIO Miriam Grenville worked in the residential design industry for 15 years before starting her own design company in 2004. She works with illustration as well as digital images and process to create alternative wall coverings that are guaranteed to “raise eyebrows and start discussions”. She has showcased her work at IDS and been featured …

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Tiff Izsa | Room 206


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BIO Tiff Izsa is an emerging installation artist based in Düsseldorf, Germany and Toronto, Canada. Izsa graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2003 and later studied for 2 more years at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany. Since Izsa’a first exhibition in 2001 her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Toronto …

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Kathryn Walter, FELT | Room 205


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BIO FELT is a design company based on the material and ideas of felt. Founded by artist Kathryn Walter, the company specializes in industrial manufactured felts and is unique in its commitment to a material rather that a market, allowing it to move into numerous fields including visual art, architecture and design. The versatility of …

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MADE | Room 204


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BIO MADE is Shaun Moore, Julie Nicholson and Andresa Sisson; all based in Toronto. They invent playful concepts to bring you pleasure. Their varied backgrounds in furniture, textile, digital, printmaking and curatorial work allow for an atypical approach to design. MADE was born of cohabitation without procreation. The long-time friends, now living apart, maintain the …

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VEST Collective | Room 203


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BIO VEST Collective was founded in 2005 by a group of not so like-minded individuals bound by a passion for craft and design. Our mandate focuses on cross collaborations, innovative use of materials/spaces, and conceptually driven design. It is our intention to promote Canadian design on both a national and international level. STATEMENT Our participation …

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Rob Southcott | Room 202


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BIO Rob is proud to live in Toronto, where he was first introduced to the arts and where he developed his own ideas studying at the Ontario College of Art & Design. A 2004 grad, Rob has since been expanding his ideas, creating works of simple natural beauty that come together through the manipulation of …

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Joy Walker | Room 201


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BIO Joy Walker is a Toronto artist originally from Montreal, Quebec. She trained at the Ontario College of Art & Design and completed a 3-year artist residency at the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Joy also owns and operates WORK Textiles (since 1995), producing custom silkscreen printed fabrics. Her fabrics have been sold in …

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Loyal Loot Collective | Room 214


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The Loyal Loot Collective was conceived in 2004 by Doha Chebib, Carmen Douville, and Dara Humniski and now includes the collaborative work of Anna Thomas. The four graduated from the University of Alberta Bachelor of Design program in 2004. Each has exhibited individually and collaboratively in Edmonton, Toronto, New York, and London, England at the …

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Orest Tataryn | Room 213


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Room 213 will be the light sculptor Orest Tataryn’s inaugural presentation of new work as an individual practitioner after twelve years of heavy involvement in group art activity. He has been working as an artist since 1998 both nationally and internationally and was one of the founders of the guerrilla art installation group affectionately called …

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Oksana Ulisko and P. James Wright | Room 212


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Oksana finds inspiration in the stuff of everyday. Through her material explorations she hopes to share the beauty of what she finds, both familiar and unexpected. Oksana is a recent graduate of the Furniture Design program at Sheridan College and has also studied at OCAD. Her work can be seen at Fluid Living where she …

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Britt Olauson and Julie Gibb | Room 211


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The collaborative efforts of furniture artist Britt Olauson and glass artist Julie Gibb result in a refreshing retreat that seduces the visitor to stay a while and anticipate who may return for their sexy belongings. Julie Gibb graduated from the H.B. Beal Art Program in 1995 and has since received her diploma from the School …

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Ryan Legassicke | Room 210


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Sponsored by INabstracto Ryan presents an installation incorporating furniture, glassware, lighting and drawings to present his site as an old and derelict sitting room that has been discovered in the midst of renovation. A snapshot moment that is creation of his own imagination ironically set within the midst of the real renovations. Ryan studied at …

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Bruno Billio | Room 209


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Bruno Billio is a sculptor, installation artist, creative director and visionary. His work has been exhibited internationally and involves a magical transformation of everyday objects. Utilizing illumination, adhesive tape, string and manipulation he converts the conventional in unconventional ways, reinventing the common context of furniture and objects to inspire new experiences.


Freddie Towe and Shelley Lupu | Room 208


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Freddie Towe and Shelley Lupu, local multi media artists, partners of Deep End Design are collaborating on this room installation. Quirky hard edge and organic forms are assembled using both found and sculpted objects. Shelly Lupu is a sculptor, painter, collector and is passionate about design. Freddie Towe is a sculptor, painter, collector and assemblage …

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Allyson Mitchell and Magazin Flair | Room 207


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Granny Square Wreck Room Allyson Mitchell and Magazin Flair have married their obsessive, compulsive collections to create Granny Square Wreck Room. This recreation of the experience of hiding in Granny’s blanket box simultaneously conjures both the creepy and the cozy. Room 207 will push your buttons and bows, releasing the sweet musk of nostalgia while …

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Maison St. Pierre with Patrick Lightheart | Room 206


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Maison St. Pierre is pleased to debut its first collection at Come Up To My Room 2005. Tim Friesen, D’Arcy St. Pierre, and guest artist Patrick Lightheart have assembled an assortment of mixed-media furniture, lighting, and art for this show. Their work focuses around texture and scale, and has a strong graphic influence. A textile …

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Fraser McIndoe | Room 204


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In its one hundred and fifteen year history, the Gladstone Hotel has created relationships with decades of customers and artists. Inspired by the location’s sense of history and romance, Room 204 uses the opportunity of the current renovation to re-imagine an alternate present for the Toronto landmark, a personal interpretation that combines traditional accents with …

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Jamie Cheveldeyoff | Room 203


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The Urban Opium Den Good design means as little design as possible. Function and comfort are key elements in Jamie’s approach to designing space. Jamie create dynamic spatial experiences contrasting vintage/modern, outside/inside, and bright/neutral colours. His designers reflect the diverse cultural influences absorbed during his travels. Texture, colour, light, rhythm, and ambiance contribute to the …

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Simone Interiors | Room 202


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Curator Lin Gibson Designers The Brothers Dressler, Andy33, Yam Lau & Tania Ursomerzo Simone Interiors opened just over a year ago on the far western edge of Queen West civilization. From its inception the goal of the store has been twofold: to create a relaxed environment where people can engage with, and learn about, great …

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Corwyn Lund | public space


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Kerf Series Corwyn Lund presents a sculpture installation doubling as furniture, entitled the Kerf Series; Lunch seeks to reconcile the traditional values of fine woodworking with a conceptual and spatial approach to furniture design.


Christian Giroux + Daniel Young | public space


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Access Upon entering the 2nd floor lobby you are greeted by Christian Giroux + Daniel Young’s Access, a self-conscious attempt to work out the contemporary desires of built objects in its ‘non-linear,’ blob, or formless trends, retracing the gestures of contemporary architecture and replicates contemporary architectural desire while demonstrating the banality of its dogma.


The Big Stuff | public space


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the lounge The Big Stuff reflects Charlene and Grant Gilmour’s urban roots and is a blend of re-invented second hand furniture. They have the passion and forte to make anything old look new again. Urban, retro, edgy and hip – Grant and Charlene will create an inviting lounge area to show their interest and focus …

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James Carl, Derek Sullivan & Christy Thompson | Room 67


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Room Room brings together work by James Carl, Derek Sullivan and Christy Thompson. Working from the premise of functional dioramics, this trio assembles furnishings and fixtures fit for institutional obscurity and obsolescence. “We’re very committed to the idea that our things occupy space and don’t really work … but we’d still like to sell them,” …

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Stunt Double | Room 66


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Stunt Double is a fearless design trio armed with fistfuls of skills and talent. The team consists of a car chase expert who, as soon as he shifts into gear, leaves the others in the dust, a free fall master with guts of steel who’s not afraid of jumping into sticky situations and a hot-headed …

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Michelle Ivankovic & Dejan Kamenski | Room 64


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For Come Up To My Room, Michelle Ivankovic and Dejan Kamenski have created a rolling room-space with glimpses of hidden colour that are combined with a flexible configuration to speak to the versatility of an every changing audience. The exaggerated proportion help soften the acoustics and control natural light. Michelle and Dejan both studied at …

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Philip Evans & Michael McClelland | Room 62


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Room for a Bungalow a collaboration In an attempt to render the tensions between private & public spaces visible, Room for a Bungalow offers two distinct relationships to a place of residence: that of permanence and of transience. The representation of immaterial processes offers an opportunity to perceive and evaluate an architectural action in the …

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Nep Sidhu | Room 61


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The Bad & Beautiful Nep Sidhu is a child of his environment. Unfortunately that environment includes watching his enraged father throw his G.I. Joes out the car window & perish under oncoming traffic. With on the Kleenex in his pocket left to play with, young Nep became astounded with the images trapped within in fold …

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Lehtinen Studios | Room 58


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Inspired by the winter wind ripping through the cracks in the insulation at their barn-come-studio, Deanne and Danny have teamed up with surface designer Suanne McGregor to create a Canadian themed room. Come in and leave the chill behind. Deanne Lehtinen and Daniel Lehtinen are a furniture designer/builder – brother/sister team and recent transplants from …

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Saman Design | Room 60


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Holding both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in industrial design from his naive city, Istanbul in Turkey – Marat Saman put a mark on the world of design by creating a slew of street furniture such as modular kiosks and contemporary information booths scattered in the streets of Europe. A two-time award winner, this …

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Allyson Mitchell | Room 57


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the petal that never dies Allyson Mitchell has been working in the Gladstone Hotel’s corner hotel room since August, 2003. The day after she moved in it was full from floor to ceiling. Crammed with Mitchell’s collections of flocked animals, feminist theory textbooks, crackerjacks prizes and doll-faced doilies; it is a veritable installation of claustrophobia, …

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Bruno Billio | Room 68


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Bruno Billio was born in Toronto in 1970. His installations for interiors often involved stacked furniture, string, tape, light and discrete sculptural objects. For the Gladstone project, Billio will line the walls and ceiling of his room with parallel rows of fluorescent string, also connecting the hallway, staircases and the outside of the hotel with …

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Dennis Lin | Room 53


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The natural world constantly recreates itself as a form of survival and adaptation. Our own world walks many of the same paths as nature lays before us – the cycles of natural itself – becoming a form of our own evolution. The harmony and simple power of nature is a reflection of what we are …

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Scott Eunson | Room 52


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After receiving a degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1996, Scott Eunson has been exploring the grey area between the realms of art and design, creating sculptural pieces in a variety of materials. Over the past few years, he has exhibited in several solo shows to critical success. Scott has recently completed …

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BirchGo | Room 51


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For the show Come Up To My Room Julie is fortunate enough to be sharing a space with well-known furniture designer/maker, Joel Robson. She is hoping to create work that invites the viewer to reflect on the history contained within a material – its origins, its story, and its place in the present tense. Just …

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Heidi Earnshaw & Petra de Mooy | Room 50


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In their first collaboration, Heidi and Petra have created a model of an idealized artist’s studio. The space is intended as a blank slate. The objects in the room were designed simultaneously with the objective of maintaining a unified visual language to address three furniture ideas. Petra de Mooy has a multi-disciplinary studio practice in …

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The Hard Costs of a Digital World


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  University of Toronto Architecture students Matthew Blunderfield and Skanda Lin talk about their installation Firmament, displayed at CUTMR. Firmament comments on the technological obsolescence and disposable nature of the virtual world in which we live. It reflects on the hard costs of an increasingly digital culture. The installation is sponsored, in part, by Ontario …

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Peek to Pique — Install day 3 (the night before)


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Entrance installation by Roland Ulfig and John Mestito Second floor lobby installation by Interstice Studio; with Wes Wilson and Matthew Peddie’s installation beyond vÆry Studio’s fabric scrims taking shape WE-3’s innovative use of paper strips … to be animated soon …


Hot off the press: Toronto Design Offsite festival brochure


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If you missed the unofficial launch of this year’s TO DO festival brochure (with handy map and event listings), be sure to keep your eyes out for it all of the participating sites. Thanks to Trevor Embury from aftermodern.lab for crafting this awesome piece of ephemera.


Free HOT lunch for artists


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The Starving Artists Collective presents: THE ARTISTS’ SOUP KITCHEN FREE HOT LUNCHES FOR ARTISTS FREE hot lunch for artists A different menu each week Mondays from 12-3pm January 9 – February 13 The Raging Spoon Cafe 761 Queen Street West, Toronto Wheelchair accessible space January 9 – February 13, 2012: For six Monday afternoons this …

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CrossTalk: Speech Acts and Interference in Networked Art


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Virtual Exhibition Empowers Viewers through Virtual Critique Toronto, Ontario – 01/04/2012 This Winter, an unusual and extremely interactive exhibition promises to breath new life into the inundated space of the World Wide Web. Opening on February 1st, CrossTalk: Speech Acts and Interference in Networked Art is an experimental exhibition format that combines a virtual gallery …

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University of Waterloo Chair Projects — announced


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Each year since 2008, CUTMR curators travel to the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to select 3-5 chairs from the school’s innovative Chair Project, a course led by Professor Elizabeth English. Combining design and structural analysis, an idea (spurred by the students’ selection of a luminary to guide their project) and its physical manifestation, …

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Common Misconceptions of Minimalism, from ‘Coffee with an Architect’


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It’s Friday and I don’t feel like inundating our readers with another “What we’re reading” post, although I really enjoyed reading that Matta-Clark book and felt its relevance to the work being done at CUTMR (click here and here for reference). Instead, I will leave you with a little chuckle by re-posting from Jody Brown’s …

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Public Space: Chair Projects


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Each year since 2009, Come Up To My Room curators have worked with professor Elizabeth English and visited to the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to select three to five chairs from their Chair Project. The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood chair. Students are encouraged …

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Public Space: TOMA


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Peek Entranceway Closet Headed by graphic designer Anne Thomas, TOMA is a Montreal-based creative studio that fuses form with function to celebrate the charm and challenges of our four seasons. Playful, witty and, above all, practical, TOMA’s Inside Out collection explores the constraints of space inside and the unpredictability of weather outside. Fluid lines and …

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What we’re reading: Matta-Clark, part 2


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“Conical Intersect is a multivalent work — part sculptural installation, part street theatre, part rectified readymade, part son et lumière — that nevertheless directly addressed timely issues in the urban landscape. As much as the work turned on a spatial intervention, it was its temporal dimension that in the end defined it. Begun in the …

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Room: Bruno Billio & Sam Mogelonsky


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Mirrored Room with Shiny Spinning Things BRUNO BILLIO and  SAM MOGELONSKY love all things that shine and spin. By using this mutual interest as a starting point, they will create an installation where two independently shiny and spinning objects are reflected and repeated indefinitely within a space. BILLIO is the resident artist at the Gladstone …

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Room: Janna Watson and Katrina Tompkins for Tinsel & Sawdust


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In an uprising digital media culture we’re more interested in projecting our ideas through crafted expressions, us and our hands. Just our fingers give it out, straight from inside. We’re interested in the collaboration between design and art, merging them through calculated fabrication and the freedom of the flow of paint. Our work together is …

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Room: Gareth Bate


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Jewel Net of Indra Gareth Bate’’s Jewel Net of Indra is a cosmology representing the interconnectedness and interdependency of all things. It is based on a Buddhist metaphor of an infinite net of jewels each representing an individual. Every jewel reflects all others. The installation incorporates hundreds of manufactured acrylic mirrored discs, each with a …

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Public Space: Carolyn Fearman & Robin Porter


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Home and Abroad is a public space installation that display postcards sent from around the world. These postcards reflect where the person currently is and their thoughts, memories, experience with the city of Toronto. This project is a collaboration between Carolyn Fearman and Robin Porter. Carolyn recently completed her Master of Architecture at the University …

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Room: WE-3


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We are a collective of architects, graphic designers and designers (one of each) united for CUTMR 2012. WE-3 is interested in creating experiences that are layered in meaning, specifically/spatially located and impeccably executed. For CUTMR, WE-3 is mounting 10,000 Untitleds (Gladstone Hotel)—an exploration and unpacking of the ideas of place and personal collection, inhabiting the …

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Public Space: Wes Wilson & Matt Peddie


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The refraction machine or an apparatus for bending light The hotel is a public stage, a tableau vivant, a diorama of highly particular worlds at equally particular moments. Like a protracted set of binoculars ‘the refraction machine’ seeks to illustrate this curious staging by providing a mechanism to calibrate the vectored relationship between seeing and being …

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What we’re reading: Gordon Matta-Clark


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  “The Paris Biennale [1975] provided [Gordon] Matta-Clark with an opportunity to work with the conical figure of projected light — the material in which [artist Anthony] McCall had rendered what he called his ‘solid light film’ performances. It is perhaps precisely this spatialised manifestation of light that was the inspiration for Matta-Clark’s vision of …

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CUTMR 2012 Line-up


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Here’s a line-up of this year’s multi-disciplinary participants. Room installations: Gareth Bate, DarkLab, Wendy W. Fok, Fugitive Glue, merk, Sam Mogelonsky & Bruno Billio, [R]ED[U]X LAB, uA in collaboration with Robert Eland and Thomas Nemeskeri, vÆry Studio, Janna Watson and Katrina Tompkins for Tinsel & Sawdust, WE-3 Public space projects: archiTEXT, Matthew Blunderfield & Skanda …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Allan Wes Wilson & Matt Peddie


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The installation investigates the dialectic between architecture as a physical mechanism, and the imaginative potential of architectural works. A field of 28 tripods are arranged in a grid forming a series of planar landscapes. Attached to each is a hand-wound bracket housing a pin, collectively wired in series to a main trigger. Balloons filled with a …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: We Three


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For his thesis in architecture, Dominique Cheng transformed the city of Kowloon, Hong Kong into a performative interface that referenced the extraordinary landing approaches into (now defunct) Kai Tak International Airport. For her thesis in architecture, Kristina Ljubanovic focused on an area of Ontario, east of Cornwall, flooded in 1958 for the St. Lawrence Seaway expansion. …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: TOMA


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TOMA is a design studio producing playful urban objects that bring a bright spot to everyday life with a wink of humour and a sparkling spirit. Because they have been conceived by graphic designers, these objects mix form and function in a visual syntax that also includes their presentation and packaging. Bootwear Mats are made …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Fugitive Glue


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Fugitive Glue is led by Jano Badovinac and Ryan Wilding, a design solutions agency with a diverse team of multidisciplinary talents spanning everything from multimedia to industrial design.  In their own words, they “cut, paste, staple, dance, sketch, build, paint, up-hoard, laugh, bike, sew, photograph, write, dumpster dive, push pixels, make videos, quote the Simpsons, …

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Meet TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite Warm-Up


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8-11 PM Gladstone Hotel, Second Floor Gallery 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto Celebrate what’s great about design in Toronto at the Meet TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite Warm-Up. The TO DO Steering Committee invites designers and design enthusiasts to come to the Gladstone Hotel for a relaxed, social gathering — like …

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Let’s Talk — open call for expressions of interest


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Let’s Talk: Disposability Call for Expressions of Interest Come Up To My Room, the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design show, is seeking expressions of interest for their design talks on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The theme of Let’s Talk is DISPOSABILITY. Taken in its broadest, strictest, object-oriented or ephemeral sense, these talks explore disposable, ubiquitous …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Sam Mogelonsky


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Drawing conceptual influence from literary sources, these sculptural ‘island’ forms build an imaginary ‘little world’ for the viewer to experience. They retain the so-called child-like qualities of construction, but reflect the intricate situation details of my practice and merge the ‘made’ with found kitsch objects. This was a 12-hour performance at the Gladstone Hotel during …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Janna Watson and Katrina Tompkins for Tinsel & Sawdust


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Project: Katrina Tompkins, Set Table, May 2011 Statement: The client wanted an eating table where his three daughters would always feel welcomed and appreciated. Project: Janna Watson, Birdie bling Statement: This work is complete, but also the beginning of a a new process with spray painting.  The thing about paint is you can never hold …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Gareth Bate


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The installation for Corps Intérieur (Inner Body) was collaboration with David Pressault, a Montreal choreographer. The experimental contemporary dance was performed at the Monument National theatre in Montreal in Jan 09 and then remounted in Dec. 09. The immersive 200-foot multi-level environment allowed the audience to wander freely in a glowing underworld reminiscent of an …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Carolyn Fearman & Robin Porter


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Carolyn is currently completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Her academic work focuses on stimulating the re-growth of Buffalo through its urban artifacts. She has worked in both Toronto and New York, most recently for Toronto’s Paul Raff Studio. Professionally her experience ranges in scale from urban master planning to millwork …

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FEAST 03, call for proposals


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  Artist Sean Martindale presents his FEAST 01 grant-winning project at FEAST 02 feast 03 TORONTO CALL FOR PROPOSALS FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics) Toronto is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events. During each dinner, artists, designers and groups are invited to present proposals for art- or design-based projects. Everyone attending …

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CUTMR 2011 — TUG


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TUG – Toronto Upcycling Group – is Kaveri Joseph, Christine Lieu, Jessica Ching, Carrie Liang and Heidi Mok. The team of industrial designers, collectors, makers, and self -proclaimed food and drink enthusiasts and ninjas designed a woven lighting structure and tapestry for CUTMR 2011. The structure which adorned the ceiling and walls of the Gladstone …

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CUTMR 2011 –LeuWebb Projects


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Christine Leu and Alan Webb wowed visitors and LoveDesign party-goers with their transformation of weather balloons into a multi-media installation in the Gladstone Hotel’s ballroom. Since then, the duo were asked to create another installation with their now-well-used balloons (entitled ‘Deep Sky Object’) for the Ontario Craft Council’s May 2011 fundraiser.         …

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CUTMR 2011 — Patrick Svilans


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Patrick Svilans kinetic “machines”, that the recent industrial design grad uses to express philosophical thoughts and concepts, captured the keen attention of several CUTMR visitors who noticed that these devices were capable of intriguing and simple yet ingenious movements.  


CUTMR 2011 — Zeidler & Lehtinen


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CUTMR founder Christina Zeidler and designer Deanne Lehtinen’s lighting triptych created an ambience of multiple hues. Comprised of a myriad of sunglasses and glasses, the duo inventively re-purposed these shades to form another kind of shade that refracted and reflected light playfully onto the walls, floors and ceiling of the historic hotel.  


CUTMR 2011 — Frank de Jong


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Frank de Jong’s bench, cleverly made of reused cork samples, can be fitted together in a few ways to accommodate different seating orientations and combinations. At CUTMR 2011, it received a paper heart from Azure Magazine indicating its status as 1 of only 100 of the magazine’s fave design picks, as awarded by its editors.


CUTMR 2011 — Map Collective


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Map Collective is Patricia Joong and Andrew Chau. For CUTMR 2011, these recent architecture graduates of McGill proposed a dynamic installation. The plush, colourful tree forms of Treehugger — both its functional bar and rooming human tree (Joong) — attracted a lot of attention for its tactile qualities and sculptural forms. Viewers were encouraged to …

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CUTMR 2011 — Room 210


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The work of Xiaojing Yan reflects the artist’s exploration of, and interest in, the dialogue between her Chinese heritage and her current North American life. For Xiaojing, very idea travels through an intricate operation of  thinking in Chinese but speaking in English. Her work often manifests in the use of a single form in repetition …

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PechaKucha Toronto — Inspire Japan — April 16


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On Saturday, April 16, 2011, there will be a special PechaKucha Night Toronto event as part of Global PechaKucha Day – Inspire Japan. PechaKucha chapters from around the globe in bringing the creative and design communities together to raise funds for disaster relief. Japan has inspired the creative world for many generations and now is …

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CUTMR 2011 – Room 207


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Room 207, this year as compared to last, was airy, filled with light during the hours that the sunlight penetrated the corner room of the hotel, and filled with darkness when the sun set.  Collaborators Lubo Brezina and Scott Eunson installed the third version of Shrine Dedicated to the Memory of Demolished Barns and Fallen …

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CUTMR 2011 — Room 202


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If you missed CUTMR 2011, we will be posting the installation photos of all the final room and public space installations. Check out these images of Room 202, a room-within-a-room, by Jana Macalik, John Peterson and Diana Watters. Both Jana and John were trained in architecture, and Diana in interior design, as evidenced in the …

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Come Up To My Room in the Globe & Mail


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Don’t expect Decorating 101 at the Gladstone, by writer R.M. Vaughan, is a dynamic profile on CUTMR and an interview with curators Jeremy Vandermeij and Deborah Wang.


LeuWebb Projects, what they’ve been up to …


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Christine Leu and Alan Webb share some images, as they prepare to install the interactive ‘stage’ for this year’s LOVE Design Party. Join us at the Gladstone on Saturday, January 29th!  It’s FREE.


Performance schedule for Room 208


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A Group of Objects Arranged by the Artist While Considering the Aesthetic and Compositional Arguments of Minimalism, Formalism, Postmodernism and Conceptual Art. Derek Liddington PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 4 – 7 PM SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 5 – 8 PM


Interview with Vivien Cheng & Rina Grosman


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Vivien and Rina describe their project for CUTMR, how they met,  and the freedom that multidisciplinarity offers. How do you see CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? Our installation explores the idea of transforming spaces, which is one of themes that interest us. Macrobiotic takes into consideration …

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Wish you were here!


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You (and everyone you know) are invited to participate in: Wish you were here! By Denise Ing & Ken Leung January 28  – 30, 2011 at Come Up To My Room Show Admission Fee: $10.00 www.wish-you-were-here.ca: Free admission! Physical space and an admission fee may form a barrier between those in Come Up To My Room and …

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Interview with artist Xiaojing Yan


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Artist Xiaojing Yan shares how her immigration from the East and West, specifically China and North America, influences her practice, and how she weaves her experiences of change and complexity through her work. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? After living in …

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Interview with Brothers Dressler


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You will be able to find the ever-evolving and innovating work of Jason and Lars Dressler this year at the Interior Design Show, MADE at Home and Come Up To My Room. In our participant interview, Brothers Dressler speak about their Treebuilt system, Cut-ups and a forthcoming catalogue. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project …

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Interview with Jana Macalik of J2D


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Jana Macalik discusses her collaboration with her partner John Peterson and emerging designer Diana Watters for their ambitious installation for Come Up To My Room. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? In our work, we wish to connect to the lineage of …

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Interview with LeuWebb Projects


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Christine Leu and Alan Webb offer their candid responses to the CUTMR 2011 participant interview … 1. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? An installation such as the one we’re doing for the show allows us to explore some fields of interest …

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Interview with Kira and Ed of Studio 1:1


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Using only 149 words, here are Studio 1:1’s responses to the CUTMR participant interview questionnaire: How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? Come Up To My Room is not merely an event where a lot of emerging young people get to have their …

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Interview with Mark McLean


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Mark McLean is one of this year’s CUTMR public space participants. Responding to three questions from the CUTMR participant questionnaire, Mark addresses how his art practice benefits his business practice, and vice versa. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? On a daily …

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Come Up To My Room on MoCo Loco


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Click here to read MoCo Loco’s Come Up To My Room preview, as well as other interesting posts on design and art, while glazing over the overly smiley photo of this year’s curators.


Interview with Jen Prather of Cyborgesses


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With a series of thought-provoking (although standardized) questions, co-curator Deborah Wang interviews the artists and designers of CUTMR. Here are Jen Prather’s responses: 1. How do you see your CUTMR installation/project fitting in to your larger practice as an artist, architect or designer? CUTMR gives me an opportunity to expand upon site-specific locations by creating …

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TUG installation curated by MADE – Cafe


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TUG’s woven lighting structure, Ray, employs a blend of non linear weaving techniques which create an airy mass, as light peaks through overlapping and open seams. TUG’s inspiration arose from rays of sun through clouds on a fall afternoon. Ray is a café installation created by TUG and curated by MADE. TUG (Toronto Upcycling Group) …

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Frank De Jong


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Frank De Jong is an artist and custom furniture maker with the Toronto-based woodworking collective ‘The Other Five’.  His passion for craft was honed in Sheridan College’s craft and design program where he majored in furniture.  He enjoys making functional objects which maintain a strong conceptual aspect, and is especially inspired by iconic furniture pieces, …

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