Debuting in Milan Salon del Mobile this year is British designer Faye Toogood's collection Assemblage 4. Titled Roly-Poly, it includes a low four-legged chair, a higher dining chair and table, a sculptural daybed, and a reinterpretation of Toogood's Element table. Pieces that take on a new look and direction for Faye Toogood drawing influence from her experiences of pregnancy and motherhood.
Roly-Poly represents a new stage in the ongoing evolution of Faye Toogood’s numbered Assemblage furniture project; for this fourth iteration, the sharp geometry and postindustrial materials of the previous collection have been ousted by softened edges, high-gloss fibreglass construction and an innocent plumpness inspired by children’s playthings.
Chairs, tables and daybeds acquire a rounded, welcoming chunkiness, with wide legs and gently linear forms, while the popular Elements Table is reinterpreted as a ludic interplay of voids and feminine curves.
Each of the new pieces has been developed as a clay maquette before being rendered in layered fibreglass, chosen as a medium for its tensile strength and sculptural qualities.
Surfaces are polished smooth in places, left raw and untreated in others; the resultant textural dialogue is carried across into hand-woven yarn throws and the graphic, contoured Play tapestry – an abstract image derived from an infant’s building blocks.
The palette throughout consists of subtle variations of off-white, eschewing gleaming futuristic brightness in favour of the comforting dairy hues of mid-century Bakelite.
In keeping with Faye Toogood’s longstanding principle of supporting British artisans and craftsmanship, all of the pieces are designed and manufactured entirely within the UK.
Edition of 8 + 2 AP
Hand-woven in England, this yarn tapestry – based on a still life of toy building blocks – illustrates the interplay of geometry and playful forms in the Assemblage No. 4 collection.