Gladstone’s Come up to My Room showcases alternative design

TORONTO — The Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to My Room exhibit, which ran Jan. 21-24, offered plenty for art lovers to enjoy, including a recreation of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom and a creative reimagining of furniture types.

Recreation of Ferris Bueller's bedroom

Recreation of Ferris Bueller's bedroom

TORONTO — The Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to My Room exhibit, which ran Jan. 21-24, offered plenty for art lovers to enjoy, including a recreation of Ferris Bueller’s bedroom and a creative reimagining of furniture types.

Come Up to My Room is the Gladstone’s annual, curated alternative design event showcasing the work of new and established artists, designers and collectives from Canada and the U.S. who are invited to provide installations on three of the hotel’s floors. The thirteenth edition of Come Up to My Room, this year’s event presented about 25 installations.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes-directed movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Toronto-based filmmakers and artists Sarah Keenlyside and Joseph Clement recreated, down to the most minute detail, the title character’s bedroom, immersing viewers “in a setting oddly familiar, yet distant in both time and space,” as the program noted.

Michael Neville's reimagined furniture.

Michael Neville's reimagined furniture.

Michael Neville, an artist living and working in Detroit, used paper casting techniques to reinterpret and construct the forms to exaggerate the workmanship of period furniture.

In the exhibit’s most elaborately conceived installation, freelance designer Jessica Bromley unveiled The Rise and Fall of Cordycepts, presenting a biotech company whose manipulations of the foundations of life irrevocably alter our future world between 2040 and 2065.