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 Jeremy Hatch (presented by Made) for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Jeremyâ€™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.Â For Jeremy, the act of casting is a symbolic gesture: it freezes a moment in time, recording and preservingÂ forms and events that are impossible to re-live. His work implicates the viewer as a participant â€“ 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.
Above is Motherbrandâ€™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 â€“ smash your own for only $2 (and 1 cent) each. Pick your favourite or collect them all! Partial proceeds go to Sketch, Torontoâ€™s art studio for street youth.
Motherbrand, the partnership of designers Todd Falkowsky, John Ryan, and Michael Erdmann, is a creative agency and design incubator.
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 â€œThe Juniper Treeâ€ by the Brothers Grimm.
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.
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.
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.
Above is the installation by Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Billio and Nyeâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.Â Each piece in the room is a play off of a permanent element of the room.
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 storeâ€™s windows and interiors, David has a continued interest in designing and producing various products that bring together design and art.
Andrea Chin graduated from Queenâ€™s University in 2005 with honours in visual arts. However, she just couldnâ€™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, Andreaâ€™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 â€˜Come Up to My Roomâ€™, Radiant Dark and IIDEX, and published in NOW and Canadian Interiors Magazine.
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.
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 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 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.
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 Azureâ€™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.
Liz Wolfe is a photographer and installation artist who creates miniature environments out of everyday objects.
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.
This is a little video I shot and threw together showing the setup and final products of this year’s show!Â Show participants, audience and readers, please feel free to comment:Â 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.Â I actually had a hard time saying goodbye to everyone. The biggest measure of the show’s success is the experiences of the participants!Â I will miss you all!
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.
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 â€™09, a printmaking triennial at the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.
Andrew Ooi is a self-taught artist who works with paper and light. Based in Toronto, Ooiâ€™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. Ooiâ€™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.
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 â€™07 at Cambridge Galleries, and 2-4â€™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 Torontoâ€™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 MooreÂ of MADE.
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.
â€œâ€¦ and the shadow belongs to the lightâ€
â€“ Louis Khan
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 â€œroomâ€.
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.