Category Archives: 2009 Show

Grace Yang



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Above is the installation by Grace Yang for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Using humour and skepticism Grace Yang’s light boxes express her interpretation of the negative readings that she has received from various psychics around the world.

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Grace Wawa Yang was born and raised in Taiwan. She currently works and lives in New York City, where she finished her MFA from Parsons School of Design. Yang uses various mediums such as digital photography, light box, and mixmedia painting. She uses art to express her inner and outer world, and to represent both her consciousness of the world around her and her imaginative subconscious.

www.graceyang.ca


Nicholas Bruscia & Patricia Schraven



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Above is the installation by Nicholas Bruscia & Patricia Schraven for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Marshall McLuhan suggested that we cannot visualize while telephoning, as the act demands complete participation of our senses and faculties. This installation is an attempt to bring the other senses into play in a new relation by creating real time physical visualizations derived from speaking into a telephone.

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Nicholas Bruscia is a recent graduate from the collaborative dual Masters Degree program between Architecture (Situated Technologies Research Group) and Media Robotics at SUNY Buffalo. His most recent work has been focused on the design for a reflexive architecture machine consisting of a system of heat sensitive soft molds that alter their shape as the poured material’s temperature increases, thus changing the morphology of the casted piece.

Patricia Schraven is an independent artist and designer. Her practice focuses on the conflicting ideas of craft vs. mass production, practical vs. speculative, and analog vs. digital. Her recent work deals with function and interactivity, and fosters a participatory, give and take relationship between the object and the user. Patricia is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Furniture Design program, and she also holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

www.patriciaschraven.net

www.nbruscia.blogspot.com


Maté Szemeredy



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Above is the installation by Maté Szemeredy for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

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Maté  was not born in Paris, he did not grow up in London, and he is not the product of a New York private school education. He has never sailed the oceans, or any body of water for that matter. He has had little contact with the academic elite of the 21st century, and can safely say that when it comes to day-to-day matters, he has seldom seen the upside of a downward spiral. Going left while looking right is something that has come naturally to this young man, hence his refined sense in all matters sartorial. He knows that a low-slung bottom bracket could be the potential answer to many of life’s key questions. He just doesn’t know which ones.


Jeremy Hatch



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Above is the installation by Jeremy Hatch (presented by Made) for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

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Jeremy’s installations employ the cultural associations of porcelain to invoke range of conflicting responses. Occupying both social and solitary space, his sculpture is simultaneously monument and souvenir– a mnemonic device that awakens feelings of loss and longing.  For Jeremy, the act of casting is a symbolic gesture: it freezes a moment in time, recording and preserving forms and events that are impossible to re-live. His work implicates the viewer as a participant – reflecting back the personal histories, desires and anxieties brought to it.

Born in 1974, Vancouver artist Jeremy Hatch has exhibited his large-scale cast porcelain sculpture nationally and internationally. Since receiving his MFA at NYSCC Alfred University Jeremy has taught courses at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received several Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants and has attended residencies at the Takumi Studios in Japan, the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation, where he is the current recipient of the Taunt Fellowship. In 2008 Jeremy founded Ricochet Studio as a means to explore the intersections between craft, art and design. One goal of the studio is to collaborate with artists from various disciplines in order to develop limited edition works. Diyan Achjadi, David Khang and Mark Soo are the first to join in.

www.ricochetstudio.com


Motherbrand



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Above is Motherbrand’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Motherbrand proudly presents Penny Smash, a new Souvenir Shop project featuring original pressed pennies designed by Douglas Coupland, Marian Bantjes, Burton Kramer and Paul Butler – smash your own for only $2 (and 1 cent) each. Pick your favourite or collect them all! Partial proceeds go to Sketch, Toronto’s art studio for street youth.

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Motherbrand, the partnership of designers Todd Falkowsky, John Ryan, and Michael Erdmann, is a creative agency and design incubator.

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Einav Mekori, Erin McCutcheon, Annie Tung and Andrée Wejsmann



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Above is the installation by Einav Mekori, Erin McCutcheon, Annie Tung and Andrée Wejsmann for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

United by a love of objects and making, Erin, Einav, Annie and Andree take their inspiration from an obscure fairytale for CUTMR 2009. Together they will bring to life a gothic story of jealousy, innocence and death. They will be presenting their interpretation and vision of “The Juniper Tree” by the Brothers Grimm.

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Erin McCutcheon is a Toronto based artist and designer recently graduated with a BDes in Industrial Design from OCAD and a previous BFA majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from NSCAD. Erin enjoys combining craft, art and contemporary design. Her work takes into consideration the history of objects and people as well as memory, sentiment, the relationship built between object and owner, and the recording of time and moments. All work is handmade in her downtown studio.

www.erinmccutcheon.com

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Einav Mekori is currently in her third year as a resident artist at the Harbourfront centre glass studio. A native to Israel, she initially studied sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Having moved to Canada in 2004, she subsequently graduated from the Sheridan College Craft and Design program. Her current work is influenced by the rich visualization of Victorian styles, and takes inspiration from jewellery and wallpaper designs.

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Toronto-based artist Annie Tung graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design and is currently an artist-in-resident at Harbourfront Centre. In her creative practice, Annie combines her training in jewellery and penchant for sculpture to question expectations of seemingly insignificant objects.

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Andrée Wejsmann is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Her work spans a number of media and disciplines, exploring the relativity of objects in their environment, often using narrative as a tool to investigate the construction of meaning, and the permeability of signifiers. Andrée currently lives and makes work in Toronto, and teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design.


Room 2009: Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye



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Above is the installation by Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Billio and Nye’s Conversation Piece explores the personal and performative relationship between domesticity and technology, and the reverence of household furniture as both functional/dysfunctional object and purveyor of identity.

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Bruno Billio is a sculptor and installation artist. His work has been exhibited internationally and involves a magical transformation of everyday objects that signify a deeper meaning while remaining, well… everyday. Bruno uses conventional items in unconventional ways, to create new life.

www.brunobillio.com

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Matthew Nye is an artist and designer residing in Toronto. His work explores information science, theoretical architecture and the space occupied within the built environment– for artistic intervention. Having whetted an appetite for reading through trashy science fiction novels at a young age, the future of architecture and design seemed a logical trajectory.


Room 208: Derrick Hodgson



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Above is the installation by Derrick Hodgson for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Hodgson’s room… “A box filled with mania… creatures, madreal.com things and stuff…”

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Derrick Hodgson is a Toronto based artist and illustrator. He focuses on the application and development of character design. The majority of Hodgson’s imagery is based on his experiences growing up in a small rural community north
of Toronto and relating these experiences to the expanding urban environment. His recent work deals with a theme of rural meets urban and the urge to gain control over our future in relation to an escalating loss of nature.


Amrita Takhar, David Chang and Andrea Chin



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Above is the installation by Amrita Takhar, David Chang and Andrea Chin for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

SUSPECT: A masquerade of objects, materials and functions.  Each piece in the room is a play off of a permanent element of the room.

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David Chang is a recent graduate from the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a BFA from the University of Toronto. For the past four years David has been working as a Visual Stylist for Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew. Outside of developing concepts and creating props and installations for the Toronto flagship store’s windows and interiors, David has a continued interest in designing and producing various products that bring together design and art.

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Andrea Chin graduated from Queen’s University in 2005 with honours in visual arts. However, she just couldn’t get enough of school and enrolled at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After graduating from the Industrial Design program, she left Toronto for a stint in Milan to work as an editor at designboom. Working across disciplines, Andrea’s designs explore the contextual relationship between object, space and place, injected with the occasional dose of humor. Her work has been exhibited in the Interior Design Show, the Souvenir Shop at ‘Come Up to My Room’, Radiant Dark and IIDEX, and published in NOW and Canadian Interiors Magazine.

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Amrita Takhar is a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a degree in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta. She finds design enticing because it touches on an endless range of topics and can be used as a tool for positive change and commentary. Amrita has worked in international development in the past and plans to combine her design sensibilities and entrepreneurial spirit in her project for Come Up To My Room.

www.amrita.ca


Matt Carr and Joyce Lo



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Above is the installation by Matt Carr and Joyce Lo for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Room 205 is inspired by the experiences people share in hotel rooms. Whether it be a honeymoon or a torrid affair, hotel rooms have a long association with love and lovers. Using light, holograms and typography, In My Heart is an
installation that explores these relationships.

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Matt Carr first sparked his passion for design interning at Douglas Cardinal Architects. Matt has been a part of Umbra’s design team since 2001, and was recently appointed Director of Design. He has contributed more than 150 designs to their diverse product line. His work has been featured multiple times in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Surface Magazine, I.D Magazine, Met Home, Monocle, and Living Etc. Subtle details, appreciation for imperfection and the reinvention of traditional objects distinguish his designs. His inspirations include mixing cross-cultural orientations while simultaneously fusing new technology and natural materials.

Joyce Lo’s background is in fashion, and she graduated from Ryerson’s School of Fashion in 2000. She and partner Sabrina Albanese started their own label, Wolves and quickly garnered interest and press, featured in Nylon Magazine and Lucky Mag. Since the company dissolved in 2004, Joyce has worked for Shared, a T-shirt company with a conscience. This past summer, Shared opened (and closed) it’s first pop-up shop, riding a three month stint on Queen West, where the space was conceptualized and brought to life by Joyce with the help of Matt Carr. Joyce is currently co-directing the Drake Hotel General Store.


Eric Quebral



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Above is Eric Quebral’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

These pieces continue Eric’s wood grain world of subjects and objects. An exploration into the detritus that is Hollywood gossip and scandal, this is the best of the worst. TMZ made him do it.

Eric Quebral graduated with Honours from University of Toronto’s Visual Studies program. Eric’s clients include Reebok, Adidas and New Balance, and he has been featured in several magazines and publications around the world, most recently, Intercity’s Art and Sole.



Derek McLeod



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Above is Derek McLeod’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

A manifestation of intensity through repetition – 50 lights occupy an entire hallway on the second floor of the hotel to create a variegated field. The lights have smooth, polished copper surfaces that reflect off each other making for a
surreal topography.

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Derek McLeod creates furniture and objects for people who like to live with quality. The pieces can be described as archetypal, comfortable and usable – things which make life better by looking and performing well. McLeod strives for the best version of a thing, while understanding that the idea of best is always changing. Derek McLeod graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2004.

www.derekmcleod.com


Laura McKibbon & Jasna Sokolovic



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Above is the installation by Laura McKibbon & Jasna Sokolovic for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

This project creates an unexpected environment within a familiar space by turning the proverbial outhouse inside out. Using trees, grass and wildlife, the sanctuary-like quality inherent in a bathroom is even more heightened.

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Laura McKibbon and Jasna Sokolovic met in the spring of 2004, both just embarking on their careers in the ceramic arts. Despite their differences in working styles and approach they found their vision and inspiration parallel in striking ways. Since then, they have collaborated on personal projects, exhibitions, and fine craft sales and guided one another through the maze of art, craft and design. They find working in tandem to be challenging yet incredibly rewarding and together have mounted successful gallery exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

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Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto



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Above is Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The Lanark Sofa Project is a collection of objects made from fallen and dying trees. Sculpted to exploit the sinuous grace of both trunk and limbs, these (re)creations invite you to rest on, dine at or climb on them.

Marcin Padlewski (Gdansk, Poland) and Anissa Szeto (Hong Kong) met during their architecture studies at Carleton University in Ottawa (1992-99). Soon after graduating they established the studio/workshop: Bakerygroup (1999) along with their third partner Michel DuVernet. The group takes on a wide range of projects and collaborations that eventually focus on tensile structures as applied to lighting and tents. Recently Anissa and Marcin made a move to the countryside (Lanark Highlands, ON) where they established a new workshop base and began a personal experiment in alternative living. The great outdoors becomes a natural extension of the studio. Issues of environment, shelter
and community take on a greater role in their work as they maintain their tested adage of designing by making.

See more photos below, including some of the process!

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Andra Hayward & Shannon Linde & Christina Ott



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Above is Andra Hayward, Shannon Linde & Christina Ott’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

This project uses reclaimed keys to create a large-scale typographic installation in the stairwell that will invite visitors into the exhibition and encourage them to participate with its evolution over the course of the show.

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Andra Hayward studied Interior Design at Ryerson University, completing her bachelor in 2000 and in 2006 completed a one year studio in Monumental Art at the AKI in The Netherlands. She has worked for a number of architectural firms in Toronto, London and Amsterdam, and currently works as a designer at Yabu Pushelberg.

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Shannon Linde studied liberal arts in Vancouver, and went on to complete a BFA in Print Media from Concordia University in 2007. She works primarily in painting and printmaking, and has extended this professionally into graphic design and illustration. Shannon regularly collaborates with a group of artists under the name ‘Bridge & Tunnel’ on public installations and projects, and has exhibited her own work in galleries in Montreal and Toronto.

www.shannonlinde.com

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Christina Ott studied Interior Design at Ryerson University and was a part of the “This Is” Collective, which did a room in last years’ CUTMR. She interned for three summers at Peter Marino Architects in NYC during her studies and currently works as the Design Director at Moss and Lam, a custom art studio in Toronto.

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Evan Bare



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Above is the installation by Evan Bare for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The bar is a modular concept, CNC cut from Canadian pine plywood, finished with a water-based white wash stain and clear coat. All components interconnect with each other and can create multiple configurations that are stitched together with Manila rope.

The DJ Booth is a dual functioning piece that converts from a turntabalists work surface to a chillounger. All parts are…you guessed it, CNC cut and fit together like a puzzle. Once glued and clamped together, the OSB truss-like inner construction forms a structural, graphically intense assembly. A turn table rests atop each platform with a milk crate in the middle to house records and support the mixer.

Inspirations for both objects reflect experiments in CNC machining processes combined with traditional wood joinery and design for disassembly methodologies. Domestic building materials are fused with techno, architectural and industrial design elements.The entire set arrived flat in the back of a small sports car and was assembled within a couple of hours.

Evan Bare draws from his background as an Industrial designer to harness new possibilities through responsible design, green materials and CNC machining capabilities. His studio, 608 Design, creates unique residential pieces using 3D modeling and sustainable construction methodologies. Clean contemporary tables and seating with integrated storage and replaceable components are the primary focus.

www.sixoeight.com

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Mauricio Affonso & Liz Wolfe



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Above is the installation by Mauricio Affonso and Liz Wolfe for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

What happens when you force two strangers into a room when the only thing they have in common is humour? Product designer Mauricio Affonso and photographer Liz Wolfe combine their creativity to design an installation where things are not what they seem.

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Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Mauricio Affonso moved to Toronto to pursue a degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design. During school, he competed in several international competitions, won awards and had his thesis project featured in Azure’s magazine Design Lines Toronto. After his studies, he went on to collaborate with Canadian design collective Motherbrand, exhibit at the Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design exhibition at the University of Toronto and participate in the Vitra Design Workshop in France. Dabbling in fashion, Mauricio worked under Canadian design veteran, Joffer Caoc, before moving to his current role as Product Designer at Umbra.

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Liz Wolfe is a photographer and installation artist who creates miniature environments out of everyday objects.

www.lizwolfe.com


Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann



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Above is the installation by Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Collaborators Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann – with featured contributions from Ryan Andal and James Milward – revisit and reinvent the classic table-top video game. Combining cutting-edge technology, contemporary furniture design and dynamic graphics, they will create a piece of interactive furniture like no other.

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Pietro Gagliano’s work is guided by his belief that design extends far beyond the reaches of expression, into the realm of communication, culture, problem-solving, and even infrastructure. The result is an approach that merges multiple disciplines and extends across platforms, with the aim to heighten user perceptions and experiences.

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Peter Wehrspann believes good design enhances our daily lives physically and psychologically. His work is guided by the search for simple beauty and function. His eye for aesthetics and his abilities as an engineer allow him to marry disparate materials with ease and grace. With a simple and intelligent approach Peter is dedicated to consistently contribute good design to a select market.

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Adam Harris & Parimal Gosai



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Above is the Living Wall installation by Adam Harris and Parimal Gosai for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The plastic bag – an everyday object that has become as undesirable as it is ubiquitous. This free standing living wall gives new life to these troublesome totes and explores how materials can be re-purposed in order to transmute their destructive effects.  The Wall was created using reclaimed TV antenna towers (remember, the one’s so tempting to climb?) and planters which are composed of 60-70 laminated plastic shopping bags.  More than 3500 plastic bags were used to create all the planters!  Each planter is placed and shaped in such a way that water introduced at the top will drip down through planters below – so a self watering system could be easily introduced.  For more information visit: www.dapstudio.ca

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Adam Harris is a design thinker by nature and his working philosophy considers design as inherently sustainable.

www.adam.am

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There is no ‘green’ design, only good design! Parimal Gosai is committed to responsibility in design, architecture and urban development – a responsibility that shares the importance and advocates the necessity of
living in synchrony with the natural world.

www.parimalgosai.com


University of Waterloo Chair Projects



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The University of Waterloo School of Architecture chair project presented 5 chairs from their Chair Project at Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood chair.  Course assignments guide the project through the steps of research, conceptualization, design development, construction, review and presentation, comprehensive structural analysis of the chair in its different positions, and complete documentation of the process in a booklet.  Students are encouraged to select a client who inspires them, and to approach the design with attention to the Vitruvian goals of firmness, commodity and delight –emphasis on delight!

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Shamir Panshal & Ray Wang  — Chair for Tagore

“Music fills the infinite between two souls.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

The works of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the Bengali poet, novelist, and composer, have traveled far beyond the boundaries of the subcontinent and have become a spiritual guide to those who have experienced it. The Tagore Chair, dedicated to this mystic and visionary man, is a seat of sublime action, a platform of energy and music upon which knowledge and understanding rest, but only momentarily until they are uttered to the world.

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Gabriel Guy – White relief Chair / Chair for Constant

Constantly involved in a search for new ways to engage ones surroundings as a space of play and human self actualization, Constant sought a dissolution of the implied boundaries between life and art. This chair project begins as a modern relief by the artist Ben Nicholson, and exists as aesthetic artifact.  With the active participation of the viewer the artifact is disassembled and reorganized (according to its inherent compositional rules), thereby reinscribing it as an object of use (toilet).

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Mark Zupan & Matthew R. Compeau — Chair for Theo Jansen

Kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has devoted his life’s work to the evolution of mechanical beasts that walk on the beach, powered by the wind.  His designs are fuelled by genetic algorithms, allowing the design to evolve organically, based on fitness criteria. This chair explores a new generation of aesthetic objects, which have evolved through a direct response to the users engaging them.  This evolutionary process embodies a new approach to design: one that pulls down the walls between art and engineering.

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Jane Wong — This is a Chair / Chair for rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo is best known for her eclectic compositions, most notably displayed through her brand, Comme des Garçons.  She deconstructs, dematerializes, and abstracts her pieces, challenging the way we see and define clothing and how the body interacts with it.  Similarly, in its most abstracted form, a chair is anything that supports the body. It reshapes your expectations of comfort and commits to a new vision. A table can be a chair, a stoop becomes a chair, a piece of cloth on the ground becomes
a chair; this is a chair.

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Jamie Ferreira Chair for Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was a masterful Japanese film director with an inspirational vision and creative fervour. The exploration of Japanese identity and culture in his films engage in the discovery of truth, its modern meaning and one’s transformation through his exploration of it. The Kurosawa chair is based on the principles of desire and search for perfection and improvement of one’s craft. The chair’s length and curve bear a close resemblance to a samurai sword and its different positions act as an exploration of what a chair is, and can be.


VIDEO – It Was Great for Me, How Was it for You?



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This is a little video I shot and threw together showing the setup and final products of this year’s show!  Show participants, audience and readers, please feel free to comment:  How was this year’s show for you?

For me the show was magical! I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! Getting to work with so many creative people and then really getting to know them over the long hours of the show was really fun.  I actually had a hard time saying goodbye to everyone. The biggest measure of the show’s success is the experiences of the participants!  I will miss you all!


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Music: Heartbeats, by The Knife



Kwangho Lee



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Above is Kwangho Lee’s ballroom installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.   Kwangho insists on making every object he creates by hand, linking him to the peasant life of his grand-parents and that life seems to have such an influence on his work.   This is interesting and fresh in a world where it seems every designer wants a fast-track career and mass-produced products.

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Beyond the pleasure of a precisely calculated form, Kwangho Lee searches for the aesthetics in the value of memories that connect the past and the present provided
by the human hand.

Kwangho Lee’s work comes mostly from his childhood experiences. Through his work he searches for possible changes and new meanings in the most ordinary objects of our daily lives. Kwangho believes that many of the mundane objects have boundless capabilities of transforming into something else. Guided by his motto “ORDINARY OBJECTS CAN BECOME SOMETHING ELSE” Kwangho seeks to express the symphony of design and craft. His projects never undergo machinery process. Therefore only small quantities are ‘crafted’ out of his hands.

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Kwangho’s work is presented by  Montreal design  gallery commissaires, in collaboration with Toronto’s Ministry of the Interior.


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Above is Coe&Waito’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The chandelier entitled Nest by coe&waito is an ethereal and abstract expression of a bird’s nest. It is omposed of delicate curved porcelain sticks cradling a soft light source.

coe&waito is a ceramic art and design studio in Toronto, Canada, which creates porcelain objects inspired by natural elements, distilled to simple elegant forms, with occasional touches of whimsy and wonder. Alissa Coe and Carly Waito began working with porcelain after graduating from the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005. They design and produce an evolving collection of porcelain objects including functional tabletop items, small sculptural pieces, lighting, and large-scale installations of HUB Design Studio with integrated storage and replaceable components are the primary focus.

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Made Presents Eric Mathew and Andrew Ooi



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Above are photos of Eric’s and Andrew’s installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

Collaborating since early 2008, Andrew Ooi and Eric Mathew share a common interest in the elegant versatility of paper as a design material. Their work utilizes paper as a valuable commodity, in contrast to its popular public conception as a ubiquitous disposable resource. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese uses of paper in the production of items of everyday use, their work has evolved to include lighting, furniture, and ornament. In June of 2009, they will exhibit a site-specific installation
at Graphica Creativa ’09, a printmaking triennial at the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.

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Andrew Ooi is a self-taught artist who works with paper and light. Based in Toronto, Ooi’s focus on reusable and renewable resource let to his use of recycled papers and energy efficient light sources. He makes hanging or free- standing origami shapes infused with light. Ooi’s Origami Light-Works provide a calming glow through the rhythmic geometry of folded paper and the diffuse light the paper casts. His works were recently featured in Radiant Dark, at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries, ON.

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Eric Mathew is a print-based artist working in Toronto. Mathew completed an MFA at York University and has exhibited widely in Canada. Recent exhibitions include Showcase ’07 at Cambridge Galleries, and 2-4’s and Time Travel at MADE, Toronto. Often working with a combination of silkscreen and painting his work deals with themes of consumerism, identity, and the Canadian mythological fabric. The graphic simplicity of his work has led to design commissions including most recently, street banners for the City of Toronto’s Live with Culture campaign, and custom carpet designs for sourceUK.

The artists would like to thank the generous support and encouragement of Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore  of MADE.

www.ericmathew.com


Studio Junction



Studio Junction were accorded a 2009 Design Exchange Award in “Interior Design – Temporary or Portable” for their installation in Room 202, Come Up To My Room 2009 at The Gladstone Hotel.

“… and the shadow belongs to the light”
– Louis Khan

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Above are photos of Studio Junction’s installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.

This installation uses the craft of making to explore the poetics of light and space. The method of investigation is through different scales of built work: the smaller scale
of model making, the human body scale of built-ins and furniture, and the larger scale of “room”.

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Studio Junction Inc is an emerging Toronto practice that focuses on architecture and design. The Courtyard Hiuse reflects their interest in urbanism, the poetics of light and space, and the detailing and craft of woodworking. Studio Junction Inc is Peter Tan, b.arch, Christine Ho Ping Kong, b.arch, b.f.a. (founding partners), Joe (Che Yu) Lin, b.arch.
sci, and Roman Lysiak, b.arch.

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www.studiojunction.ca
Studio Junction would like to thank Scott Eunson and Catalyst Design Build Inc.


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Above are photos of Andrew MacDonald’s space at CUTMR 2009.

Born in Peterborough Ontario, Andrew MacDonald graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001 and recently received a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Western Ontario. Reconfiguring and manipulating materials and objects at an early age, he enjoyed taking apart and rebuilding bikes, wooden products like furniture as well as audio equipment and clothing. This process of dissection and reassembly of everyday materials and objects remains a part of his practice as an artist. Currently living and working in London Ontario, MacDonald produces figurative and abstract sculptures and installations through the medium of knitted textiles and sweaters.

Andrew will be presenting an installation in room 206 at Come Up To My Room 2009 February 5-8th at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.  For more information on this year’s show please click here.

www.andrewmacdonald.wordpress.com

Andrew thanks the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support.

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