Above is the installation by Grace Yang for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Using humour and skepticism Grace Yangâ€™s light boxes express her interpretation of the negative readings that she has received from various psychics around the world.
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.
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.
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 materialâ€™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 Collegeâ€™s Furniture Design program, and she also holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Above is the installation by MatÃ© Szemeredy for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
MatÃ©Â 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 lifeâ€™s key questions. He just doesnâ€™t know which ones.
Above is Eric Quebralâ€™s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
These pieces continue Ericâ€™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 Torontoâ€™s Visual Studies program. Ericâ€™s clients include Reebok, Adidas and New Balance, and he has been featured in several magazines and publications around the world, most recently, Intercityâ€™s Art and Sole.
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 â€“ 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
Derek McLeod creates furniture and objects for people who like to live with quality. The pieces can be described as archetypal, comfortable and usable â€“ 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.
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.
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.
Above is Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szetoâ€™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!
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.
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.
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 â€˜Bridge & Tunnelâ€™ on public installations and projects, and has exhibited her own work in galleries in Montreal and Toronto.
Christina Ott studied Interior Design at Ryerson University and was a part of the â€œThis Isâ€ Collective, which did a room in last yearsâ€™ 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.
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 areâ€¦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.
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 â€“ with featured contributions from Ryan Andal and James Milward â€“ 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.
Pietro Gaglianoâ€™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.
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.
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 â€“ 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.Â 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.Â More than 3500 plastic bags were used to create all the planters!Â 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.Â For more information visit: www.dapstudio.ca
Adam Harris is a design thinker by nature and his working philosophy considers design as inherently sustainable.
There is no â€˜greenâ€™ design, only good design! Parimal Gosai is committed to responsibility in design, architecture and urban development â€“ a responsibility that shares the importance and advocates the necessity of
living in synchrony with the natural world.
The Chair Project
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.Â 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.Â 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 â€“emphasis on delight!
Shamir Panshal & Ray WangÂ — Chair for Tagore
â€œMusic fills the infinite between two souls.â€
â€“ 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.
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.Â 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).
Mark Zupan & Matthew R. Compeau — Chair for Theo Jansen
Kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has devoted his lifeâ€™s work to the evolution of mechanical beasts that walk on the beach, powered by the wind.Â 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.Â This evolutionary process embodies a new approach to design: one that pulls down the walls between art and engineering.
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 GarÃ§ons.Â She deconstructs, dematerializes, and abstracts her pieces, challenging the way we see and define clothing and how the body interacts with it.Â 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.
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 oneâ€™s transformation through his exploration of it. The Kurosawa chair is based on the principles of desire and search for perfection and improvement of oneâ€™s craft. The chairâ€™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.
Above is Kwangho Lee’s ballroom installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.Â Â 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.Â Â This is interesting and fresh in a world where it seems every designer wants a fast-track career and mass-produced products.
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 Leeâ€™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 â€œORDINARY OBJECTS CAN BECOME SOMETHING ELSEâ€ Kwangho seeks to express the symphony of design and craft. His projects never undergo machinery process. Therefore only small quantities are â€˜craftedâ€™ out of his hands.
Kwangho’s work is presented byÂ Montreal designÂ gallery commissaires, in collaboration with Torontoâ€™s Ministry of the Interior.
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 birdâ€™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.