Faye Toogood

Assemblage 7: Lost and Found. Friedman Benda, Los Angeles, California

Sophie Lanigan

Angus Mill

Installation view, Faye Toogood, Assemblage 7: Lost and Found, Friedman Benda, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photo: by Angus Mill

Faye Toogood’s current exhibition at Friedman Benda in Los Angeles, Assemblage 7: Lost and Found, is an ‘archaeological’ material exploration – uncovering and reclaiming what has been lost from view. Assemblage 7 is the next rendition of the exhibition series, titled ‘Assemblages’, each curated and designed by Toogood to conjure a world of interrelated ideas, forms, and materials.

Oak and Purbeck marble are at the centre of the exhibition, carved into robust yet welcoming forms that are clear iterations of the designers most famous Roly Poly chair. The materials have been chosen for their cultural value – with Oak being a reliable building material loved by medieval craftsmen and Purbeck marble named after the limestone, fossil packed coast after it is mined from. Speaking of the tactile, material focus of the work Toogood reflects, “Whether you are a fashion designer, a furniture designer, or an interior designer, the materials you can get your hands on are essential.”

Accompanying the exhibition is a newly released Phaidon publication, Faye Toogood: Drawing, Material, Sculpture, Landscapethat is the first in-depth monograph on one of the most influential form finders of the 21st century. All aspect of the London based multi-disciplinary designer’s work is covered from clothes and furniture to installations in interiors.

Friedman Benda, New York, and LA is an exhibition space devoted to advancing key narratives at the intersection of design, craft, architecture, fine-art and cutting-edge technological research.

Faye Toogood, Assemblage 7: Lost and Found

Until November 23

Friedman Benda, Los Angeles, California

Faye Toogood, Mound I, 2022, hand-carved oak, 75 x 187 x 107 cm. Edition of 20. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photo: Angus Mill