Grace Wang's Week Aura light box at Come Up To My Room.
I was surprised by the snotty tone of many of the comments on our Come Up To My Room page. This is NOW (and the age of anonymous online commenting - and design for that matter) so I don't have to be reminded that everyone is entitled to their opinion. But some of the criticism left me stumped.
I'm not talking about comments on the work being shown. Like or dislike away though sometimes I have to resist the impulse to point people who don't get the alt design scene towards their closest Leon's store. Maybe there's a Don't Pay a Cent Event this weekend?
I'm talking about "Ethan", who sees a show "put on by hip scenesters to prop up their hip scenester friends" whereas I see a community of designers who collaborate often, creating a dynamic and coherent dialogue between local makers and their products.
"Sarah" wonders why "the curatorial team (is) getting more press coverage than the actual exhibit?" I don't think they are but what little attention is being paid to the foursome is due to this being the first year that founders Pamila Matharu and Christina Zeidler passed on the CUTMR torch.
What surprises me most is that our Interior Design Show page is comment free. It used to be the big bad design show. In recent years, its organizers have made amends by embracing locals who lean to the indie side of the design spectrum with areas like Studio North. Moving forward, it would be nice to see some sort of official connection between it and the other two shows since the IDSers are obviously using Come Up To My Room and Radiant Dark to scout and scoop up exhibitors.
At the end of the day, this kind of behind the scenes bickering doesn't matter to most visitors. But if the prickly subtext that bubbles under Toronto's fashion week is any indication, our annual design weekend would benefit from fewer licks and a bit more lovin'.
Come Up To My Room is open today until 5 pm. Radiant Dark and the Interior Design Show close at 6 pm.