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'Caged Elements' Chair, a Minimalistic Design by Faye Toogood

$29,856.30

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The 'Caged Elements' Chair is the very first throne seat by star of British design Faye Toogood, long standing editor at World of Interiors, and renowned for her set productions for Comme des Garçons, Tom Dixon and Alexander McQueen. Sophistication, elegant simplicity, and a sense of timelessness are central in this collectible design work, conveyed by clean primary shapes, the authenticity of the materials and the weight matching its large dimensions. The 'Caged Elements' Chair is exclusively produced and sold by Galerie BSL in a limited edition of 8 pieces + 2 artist proofs. Pricing does not include 20% VAT applicable in the EU only. "For me, it is reminiscent of those high backed chairs from the English Arts and Crafts movement. But then, with the curve, it has some references to Art Deco. All my pieces start with clean, geometric shapes. They’re like building blocks. I’m not interested in creating new, futuristic silhouettes." The simple cube, sphere and cylinder shapes – fundamental elements in Toogood’s vocabulary – are here elegantly combined to form a 210cm high-backed chair. Evoking the Rennie Mackintosh throne-like chair, but also Shiro Kuramata for its minimalism and use of mesh, this design in a constructivist spirit is highlighted by the contrast between colors and materials: a simple Hopton white stone cube, a cylinder structure in brass-plated steel mesh, and a rubber foam sphere like a green agate stone. “Regarding the brass-plated steel mesh, the dipping was a real Challenge. I wanted the back of the chair as high as it could possibly go. The height was determined by the size of the dipping tank we eventually found at a place that had done large-scale dips for the London Olympics."

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Faye Toogood

Faye Toogood’s name is practically synonymous with her Roly Poly chair. With its chubby legs and bowl-like seat, the now-iconic piece epitomized the trend toward chunky forms that defined avant-garde furniture design in the 2010s. But the visionary British artist’s contributions go far beyond the chair and its similarly robust companion pieces, in disciplines ranging from textiles and ceramics to fashion and home interiors.

“I design holistically, with an overall vision across fashion, furniture and interiors,” she tells 1stDibs. “Furniture is something I return to over and over again and is a very strong part of this vision. I am interested in humans and the way they live — the spaces they inhabit, the clothes they wear, the objects they surround themselves with.”

After a childhood spent running free in the English countryside with nature as her playground, Toogood studied art history at Bristol University rather than attend art school. Her design approach is underpinned by contrast and understandably informed by art history, particularly the mid-20th-century modernism of such British artists as Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis. “For me, it is about playing around with references and our associations, be that with materials or the precious and the raw, the masculine and the feminine,” she explains. “I’m able to use those contrasts to create friction.”

Toogood has exhibited at Phillips and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Triennale in Milan and D Museum in Seoul. In addition, her works are in the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; High Museum of Art, in Atlanta; Corning Museum of Glass, in New York; the National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne; and the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg.

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