It was about committing to the maquette, doggedly sticking to its naïveté, to its rawness and primitive qualities. – Faye Toogood
British designer and artist Faye Toogood rose to prominence with her unique modernist furniture, like the squat, bowl-shaped Roly-Poly chair, or the sculptural elements tables where a rectangular coffee contains a sphere, cube, and cylinder within its form. For her studio’s new series Assemblage 6: Unlearning, Toogood turned to small maquettes she had used for years as inspiration in the design process, transforming the rough forms and scrappy materials of those pieces into usable furniture. The unique geometry of Maquette 031 / Box Bench replicates the hand-rolled, crumpled corrugated cardboard that might be fashioned by an artist or child, incorporating creases and tears that lend the bench a familiarity and softness, even including strips of “tape” to hold the form together. Faye Toogood founded Studio Toogood in 2008, an experimental group of architects, artists, fashion designers, and sculptors, and her studio’s designs are in numerous museum collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Corning Museum of Glass; New York, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.