Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material.
With an academic training in the theory and practise of fine art, and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her
highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct.
Toogood’s objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered ‘Assemblages’. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.
Erica Toogood is a British clothes designer and product developer. Trained as a patterncutter, she developed a passion for homegrown manufacturing and the time-honoured techniques of English tailoring by working closely with designers at the forefront of British fashion.
A background in theatrical production as well as garment design lends her work a flair for the dramatic, with a deep-seated desire to explore – and test – the boundaries of construction and convention. Merging elements of couture, drama and interior design, she has created bespoke pieces for high-profile clients in the fashion, advertising and magazine industries.
Coupling an interest in the sculptural qualities of fabric with an expertise in classic cutting methods, Toogood’s work examines the idea of silhouette in both two and three dimensions. A strong trend towards form-enveloping abstraction encourages her clients to reconsider their ideas of the human figure.