Who? Faye Toogood
What? Furniture, objects and fashion
Designer Faye Toogood is renowned for her poetic approach to material, form and process. Faye works with a wide network of British craftspeople to create one-off pieces, limited editions and elements for small batch production. Provenance and story-telling are central in all her work, which spans design, art, interiors and fashion. Raised in the small county of Rutland, Faye comes from a creative family. In addition to her design studio, Faye runs the Toogood fashion label with her sister Erica, a pattern-cutter by trade.
‘Craft is essential for the creative industry. I love to push boundaries and create works which have the distinct hand of the artist as well the craftsmen involved.’
For Useful/Beautiful, Faye Toogood brings together the archives of her Toogood fashion label with the furniture of Studio Toogood to tell a rich story of contemporary British craftsmanship through the lens of her practice. Taking over the Gallery on Harewood’s State Floor, Toogood will fill the entire length of the room with standard industrial shelving, in stark contrast to the rich Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale interior. With over thirty furniture elements, clothing and objects, from one-offs to limited editions to small batch production, the collection represents a celebration of contemporary skills, and sparks an intriguing dialogue between past and present.