Designers and connoisseurs alike are familiar with Faye Toogood’s Roly Poly Chair. The chair originally debuted in 2014 and has been a cult favorite for the past several years. The round, smooth, voluptuous shape honors motherhood; it instantly made Toogood a recognized figure in the design world. The fiberglass chairs are hand-cast in molds by a small-sized, skilled British manufacturing firm.
Recently however, Toogood ventured into the home goods realm by introducing two capsule collections: Dough and Plough. Toogood Homeware is the product of the British designer’s experimentation with clay and wool. As for inspiration, Toogood calls upon her collection of found rocks, pebbles, and bones.
Titled Dough, the ceramics collection is inspired by the common motions of kneading… both in pottery and baking. In reference to the similarities with baking, the designer told HyberBeast, “the soft volumes of rising dough and hand-shaped leavened pastries.”
Each piece is hand-shaped in the studio before it is cast in stoneware and produced in Portugal. The tableware collection is available in two colors: cream and charcoal with a matte finish. The centerpiece and vase, the more decorative pieces, receive a reactive glaze treatment that blends shiny gloss and silky matte textures on the surface.
The Plough Collection consists of a selection of throws that are available in cream and charcoal; they are produced from sustainable merino wool and feature minimalist, geometric patterns. Specifically, the blankets’ designs mimic freshly plowed country fields. For her entire career, Toogood has worked to bridge the gap between design and craft. Extending into textiles has opened up a whole new world for the designer… one that even ventures into fashion.
Toogood however isn’t too busy to collaborate with a number of well-known, international furniture and design companies. Among those that the designer has worked with is Calico Wallpaper, Hem, and Driade. However one of the most interesting collaborations is with E&Y.
E&Y is a Tokyo-based furniture label for which Toogood presented a range of ceramics for the brand’s gallery. The vessels resemble “Toogood shapes…” chunky and billowing, standing on tripod legs, and outfitted with generous spouts for pouring purposes. These pieces meld together British and Japanese cultures. Courtesy of the company’s website, “A shared history of brewed leaves, of porcelain, of the intricacy and intimacy of the tea ceremony.” Further cementing the authenticity of these pieces, Japanese artisans handmade each item using traditional Japanese techniques.
Toogood was extremely excited to present this new collection to the world. She says (courtesy of an article by Rosa Bertoli for Wallpaper), “This debut homeware collection has been over two years ago in the making. The inspiration first came while I was exploring common items from the kitchen, such as the soft volumes of rising dough and hand-shaped leavened pastries. Being able to translate those experiences and forms into functional yet sculptural pieces has been thrilling, and represents an important moment for the studio, as we begin to bring our design pieces to new audiences, with no compromise on quality. We’re so excited to share them with the world.”