A whirlwind of design events were showcased across Toronto over the past week and I made sure to dive right in. The annual Come Up To My Room exhibit at The Gladstone Hotel was certainly a treat. CUTMR is an alternative design event where featured curators select artists to create room installations and public space projects, encouraging their imaginations to run wild. Setting aside the magnificent variety of beauty and visual stimulation, I was most impressed with the environmental and social awareness behind many of the projects. Below I have highlighted some of my favourites and make sure to check out their links to learn more about their stories: The Fugitive Glue exhibit showcased empty propane tanks, including these innovative (and amazing!) pendant lights. Tinsel & Sawdust made sure to keep it bright and playful - I especially love the mirrored image on the wall and floor. Mesmerized by this sea of colour, Building ties by Sonia Tyagi lets us know that every tie has a special story. Geo-Cognition showed amazing detail and texture with a perfect glow. Taking a closer look, you can see the influence of four geographic locations that have impacted the designer, Wendy W. Fok's experiences. A neat way to document and showcase your travels? Home and Abroad's installation displays postcards from around the world and their connection to Toronto. Gareth Bate's Jewel Net of Indra consisted of three hundred hand painted portraits of historical figures on small mirrored discs, allowing you to see yourself among these iconic individuals.