Here at Scarlet Jones, one of our favourite international brands is the London based Toogood, which we have stocked for about 5 years. If you live around Melbourne you have probably seen billboards or even already been to the NGV triennial exhibition currently showing throughout the NGV International building on St Kilda Rd. We are very excited that the creative director and founder of Toogood, Faye Toogood's multidisciplinary work is featured in the exhibition and so we wanted to highlight for you today, as with COVID-19 still affecting life, some of you may not have had the chance to visit and see for yourself yet!
We also have a great flash sale on selected Toogood pieces which you can find here...
Toogood is a London-based design studio founded in 2008 by Faye Toogood. Faye has a BA in Art History from the University of Bristol, and was Interiors Editor at The World of Interiors for eight years. Her practice encompasses interior design, homewares, fine art and fashion, and refuses to be constrained by a single discipline or defined way of working. Describing herself as an outsider whose work defies categorisation, Faye has created a studio which allows a movement between genres. Architects, sculptors, furniture makers and illustrators cross-pollinate on every projects, producing work that is rigorous, poetic and genuinely avant-garde.
The title for Faye's NGV exhibition is called DOWNTIME - Daylight, Candlelight, Moonlight and plays with the ideas of light and dark, time's passage, still life and life, stilled. Faye Toogood was asked to re-imagine the NGV's 17th and 18th century galleries which are devoted to Flemish, Dutch and British art of that time and the outcome is a conversation between her designs and the existing artworks and Toogood has designed three spaces, each alluding to the qualities of light present in the historical artworks.
Daylight creates a dialogue between landscape and still-life paintings by artists of the seventeenth century, Toogood’s crystal furniture and her monumental Day tapestry, which features an assemblage of flora and agricultural produce tumbling against a backdrop of land and sky.
Candlelight captures the lighting qualities seen in the portraiture by Rembrandt, de Vries and Hanneman. Toogood’s hand-painted wall scenography informs a surreal, salon-style interior, quickly sketched, as if in a dream state. Her Family bust sculptures conceived at the meeting point of abstraction and figuration, occupy centre stage.
Moonlight brings Toogood’s Downtime installation to a luminous and reflective close. Dissolving into darkness, Night tapestry acts as a melancholic backdrop to her furniture and lighting designs, alongside seventeenth-century silverware, furniture and prints.
Downtime is open at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
December 19 2020 - April 18, 2021.
And don't forget about our fabulous TOOGOOD flash sale here...
Some words about exhibition by Glenn Adamson
Photography by Philip Sinden + Sofia Lekka Angelopoulou