Exploring The Work and Influences of Designer Faye Toogood

I’ve long been aware of the work of designer Faye Toogood  appreciating her work as an interior stylist for “The World of Interiors” magazine, which she worked on for 10 years. I’ve always admired her organic shapes and over sized scale of interior products which give them an other worldly appearance and so it was really interesting listening to her talk recently on a podcast for The Modern House. 

What was particularly interesting about the conversation was that Faye was interviewed by her husband Matt Gibberd, co founder of modernist estate agents, The Modern House and so the conversation was very informal and light hearted but Matt also dug deep to investigate what really makes Faye’s brain tick when designing for either interiors, products or clothes through her studio collaborative Toogood.

In the podcast which you can listen to here, Faye talks about a memorable childhood trip to St Ives and particularly the spark that a visit to sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s studio and gardens ignited and it is evident from Toogood’s designs that this has been a huge inspiration in her work ever since.

From the simple neutral colour palette of Hepworth’s studio, to the use of honest materials such as stone and marble that she often employs in her work, even some of the figurative sketches that she has used on fabric designs, all are reminiscent of Hepworth’s body of work.

A photo I took from my last visit to The Barbara Hepworth Studio in St Ives

The Hospital sketches Hepworth made after her daughter was hospitalised in 1944

This is no patische of Hepworth’s work though, there are many other influences, most notably Ettore Sottsass of The Memphis movement. Toogood is an amazing designer in her own right. Her work exists in many museums permanent collections, including The V&A London and her clothes are stocked in 60 shops worldwide, including Dover Street Market Her designs will continue to be referenced by many future creatives.

What I particularly loved about the interview was that she describes her own home as a sanctuary and a personal space where she gathers together her collections of found objects and ephemera, which are so important to her. It’s something she’s done since a child and something I could totally relate to. Have a listen and see if you recognise yourself in what she says.

I also came across this video that was produced a few years back by interior designer Rita Konig for The New York Times Style magazine, in which she interviews Faye about her home and what it means to her, with a tour of the interior. It’s probably changed quite a bit since then, in fact I don’t think she even lives in this house anymore, but it speaks volumes about her as a designer and what she actually loves to surround herself with in her home. She’s obviously a great sentimentalist when it comes to her most precious possessions. Be prepared to be mesmerised. I was!

 

High Street Heroes – B&Q favourite Homewares Finds

B&Q used to be a store that I only visited for paint and hardware such as screws and nails. That was until a few years ago when I started to work on design boards for their in store brochures. Everything for the shot had to be their own product and it was only then that I realised that they sold really quite nice throws, cushions and decorative objects. Since then a few years have passed and their homewares ranges have improved immensely, so much so that I now regularly pop into one of their stores to buy props for other clients shoots.

I was in my local Trafford store last week propping for a scandi inspired shoot. Scandinavian design is often predominantly black and white but the client wanted to bring some colour and warmth into the shots, so i’d decided to use blush pink and metallics such as copper and brass and I’ve had an artist paint a marble effect wall for us to add some texture.

All the above image are from Pinterest

I’ve put together a design board with some of my best finds and favourite pieces currently in store. I hope you’ll be as surprised and impressed as I was at the designs and prices? Let me know what you think?

  1. Tezz gold brushed light -£20
  2. Rosa White light – £25
  3. Rilynn cushion – £11
  4. Tansy Cushion -£9
  5. Cordula Cushion -£11
  6. House Shaped Mirror – £8
  7. Brushed Effect candle stick Large – £7
  8. Grey Marble ceramic vase – £12
  9. Antique copper effect octagonal tea light/lantern -£10
  10. herringbone Dolomite Vase – £9
  11. Marlow gold wire baskets – £10

All words and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

High Street Heroes – Dunelm Favourite Homeware Finds

Last year I was asked to style some shots for Dunelm and I must admit that I wasn’t overly impressed with the product then.

This season however, I have bought so many props from there, many of which would easily sit happily with much more expensive surroundings. If you look closely at what’s on offer you will seek out some little diamonds.

Here are just a selection of my favourite items currently on offer there.

Continuing with our love for vintage distressed rugs as seen above by Westelm, Dunelm have brought out this version below for just £125 for the largest size.

 

A version of this designer industrial style mirror can be bought for £45.00 from Dunelm.

Another continuing trend which Dunelm have picked up on is for supersize knits.

This Paignton hand knitted chunk throw below comes in cream and grey for just £45.00

 

A beautifully minimal copper lamp picking up on the scandi design trend is an online purchase only.

Float lamp £110.00

 

 

Yellow is one of this seasons colour trends and this felt wool cushion is just £10.00

Also worth checking out are their new furniture ranges.

This coffee table from their Pimlico range picks up on the current trend for brass while the Farringdon range below is a great affordable collection of industrial inspired loft style furniture.

What do you think about Dunelm Mill? Do you shop there or would you consider shopping there now?

All words and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.