design shows

canada, eh?: gladstone hotel part one

by Grace Bonney


this weekend i hopped on a porter flight (what a seriously cool airline- that’s their lunch box above) up to canada to speak at the interior design show in toronto. although i was only in town for a night, i got a great peek into the world of canadian design and i was absolutely thrilled with the bits and pieces i saw.


IDS itself was a fantastic show (i’ll be sharing more photos later this week) but i was equally taken by some of the offshoot shows in town that night (which i got to explore courtesy of angelune and her wonderful friends- thanks!)- most of all a show called ‘come up to my room‘ at the gladstone hotel.


come up to my room was an alternative show in the queen street west area of toronto. one floor of the historic gladstone hotel was transformed by a number of canadian artists, each team taking a room and installing a special project. i wanted to share a few of my favorites above and below so i hope you’ll enjoy the peek (as well as a few kind of cruddy video clips i shot to try to capture some moving pieces). click here for more information on come up to my room. [part 2 is next- and the key installation above by done by andra hayward, shannon linde and christina ott]




[this room by jeremy hatch looked like a combination of rope, pulleys and crates that had been painted white, but it was actually a delicate porcelain installation. each piece was cast in porcelain and carefully hung- this was definitely a room that made me nervous with my big bag on my back]



[i loved this faux-melted ice cream room by Liz Wolfe and Mauricio Affonso. it was made to look as if a whimsical hot air balloon full of ice cream cones had crashed inside. even a sink in the room was made to look as if it was running melted ice cream, and not water. i’m trying to find this design team’s name- anyone know?]


[beautiful ceramic birds nest chandelier by coe & waito]





[beautiful lighting and print work from eric mathew and andrew ooi]




[a beautiful sauna room by studio junction, complete with cut-outs in the ceiling. gorgeous.]

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