Since launching her eponymous Studio Toogood in 2008, following a decade-long stint as editor for The World of Interiors, London-based interdisciplinary designer Faye Toogood has become synonymous with the avant-garde in furniture design. Known for her sculptural yet playful assemblages, she has recently expanded her repertoire with a homeware collection fittingly titled Dough.
Toogood’s varied practice, which includes furniture and fine art as well as clothing and textiles, proudly defies categorization. Her early career affinity for industrial, heavy-duty materials has given way to a flair for the pleasingly soft, comfortable and “squishy” — an inclination delightfully exemplified by 2020’s Puffy Lounge Chair. Dough, with its yielding shapes and seamless edges, is a continuation of this indulgent and malleable sensibility.
Both decorative and functional, the Dough line is comprised of six chunky, tactile pieces, including a quintessential water jug, a shapely mug and a generously sized dining plate. Toogood’s pastoral influences are evident in the traditional qualities of the water pitcher, while the mug’s smooth, plump forms take inspiration from her personal collection of stones, pebbles and bones, which she began gathering on a local beach as a child.
The original models, hand-formed according to time-worn sculpting techniques, inform the production mould for each piece. The glaze is applied by hand by expert artisans in Portugal, after softening the curves individually to ensure consistency in the product’s striking flow and simplicity. Once released, all pieces will be available in two standard matte glazes: cream and charcoal.
To complement the stoneware line, Studio Toogood will also be releasing two geometric merino wool throws under the Plough collection featuring woven stripes reminiscent of freshly ploughed country fields. The studio expects to eventually expand both capsule collections as interest grows — and if Toogood’s career is any indication, they won’t have to wait long.
While Toogood’s success has transcended into the rarefied art world — with pieces featured in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Art Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne — the designer has made efforts to democratize her work. In 2014, she envisioned a line of ceramics for British stoneware company 1882 Ltd; and as recently as last year, she re-launched her iconic Roly-Poly chair at an approachable price point through Italian manufacturer Driade. For this new capsule, Toogood kept this congenial spirit alive, looking to create an object that could “sit on everyone’s dining table.”
The multi-disciplinary designer brings her signature rounded edges and sculptural flair to a new line of homewares.