Art, Designers, Events

I want – I got does Toronto Design Week: Come Up To My Room 2011

Bruno Billio

I attended some exhibits during Toronto Design Week from January 24-30, 2011. Toronto Design Week culminates with the Interior Design Show but many local designers showcase their exhibits at this time. It’s taken me some time to get my photos all together and organized. There is a lot of sorting, tagging, cataloging and purging of photos going on. It’s often a nightmare task I hate performing. It feels hella good when it’s done though.

Xiaojing Yan

Come Up To My Room is an event I thoroughly enjoyed covering when I wrote for BlogTO. The 2011 edition would be my first CUTMR event since 2009.  This also the first CUTMR post for I want – I got.  The photos look so amazing because my friend Paul Bailk was around to snap away.

Rob Southcott


Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. This year’s show, curated by Jeremy Vandermeij and Deborah Wang, invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. The four-day exhibition is in its 8th year at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring 11 rooms and 14 public space installations, design talks and curatorial tours.(source)

Becky Lane & Chrissy Poitras

CUTMR is comprised of room installations and public space projects that literally take over the Gladstone Gallery and other public spaces of the hotel. Curators select participating designers and artists based on their past work and experience. Once these creative individuals and collectives have been selected, they are given a public space or one of the 11 exhibition rooms on the hotel’s second floor. Curators consult and discuss public space projects with their makers, but know next to nothing about the room installations. (source)

Amanda McCavour

The CUTMR website has great descriptions of all the rooms and their deisgners. The slideshow below identifies the designers so you can take a look at their artistic statement. There were a couple of installations that were perfect for video.
Patrick Svilans

Denise Ing & Ken Leung

My favourites of the night were Patrick Svilans, Rob Southcott, Xiaojing Yan, LeuWebb Projects, Amanda McCavour and Jen Spinner.

images: Photos Taken by Paul Baik for I want – I got

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Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.