Faye Toogood: Assemblage 6, Unlearning


‘Under their multivalent pressures, most ideas are discarded. Those that survive their first moments inevitably change shape. Their raw edges get knocked away, their rough patches smoothed. They start to look more... reasonable. This is what Faye Toogood has been trying to avoid lately. In developing her newest body of work, entitled Assemblage 6, she has exerted all her skill and willpower to preserve an initial moment of inception’.

—Glenn Adamson

Welcome to Faye Toogood: Assemblage 6, Unlearning, the first in a new series of books focused on individual collections by young designers, printed in collaboration with Friedman Benda, New York.

Faye Toogood’s newest collection started with almost 300 maquettes: chairs, lamps, stools, or daybeds made of wire, cardboard, tape, and canvas, or the everyday materials she keeps in her studio. But having lined up these rather crude, almost childlike maquettes, the collection, in essence, was decided. Sixteen were chosen to be scaled up to life-size works, and the next two years were dedicated to replicating, precisely, the primitive naïveté of the original pieces at full scale and with artisanal materials, pushing the theme of ‘unlearning’ to its rough-hewn but illusive conclusion.

This book provides an immersive journey through the original maquettes and their occasional passage into the ‘real’ world of furniture/sculpture, playing with the sense of dissimulation evident in the final artworks, or the fact that some objects are not always what they seem at first glance. The Man Booker–nominated author Sophie Mackintosh opens with this idea in her short story, while the book closes on an essay by Glenn Adamson, senior scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, who ultimately provides context for the collection and process as a whole.

The object itself plays with this underlying theme, too, as an industrially produced paperback with artisanal finishes and cover artwork that reproduces an original composition by Faye Toogood.

  • Published by Apartamento Publishing S.L.
  • March 2021
  • First edition
  • Dimensions: 145 x 220 mm / 5.7 x 8.7 in
  • Pages: 448
  • Binding: Softcover with Gilding

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