LEVEL 2, GALLERIES 23 & 24
ENGLAND, BORN 1977
LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON
Designs for furniture, lighting, scenography, sculpture and large scale tapestries are presented alongside 17th century artworks from the NGV Collection in a series of crafted spaces. Exploring the themes of daylight, candlelight and moonlight, Toogood plunges us deep into a period sensibility – which witnessed the birth of capitalism and the emergence of the ‘enlightenment’ – using her own innovative designs as a connecting device to the past. Toogood sees her work as Gesamtkunstwerk; a total work of art, whereby the interior – all works of art and design, and their display – synthesise to deliver with full effect the experience and meaning of her presentation.
Faye Toogood is a designer working across interior, furniture, sculpture, fashion, textile and object design. Her interdisciplinary practice is characterised by personal narrative, material experimentation and the reclamation of the interior and functional design as enduring contexts for creative exploration.
Establishing Studio Toogood in London in 2008 and her eponymous label Faye Toogood in 2010, the designer also held the role of interiors editor at U.K magazine The World of Interiors. Over the past 12 years, Toogood has exhibited widely in Europe and North America with her work appearing at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2015); Milan Design Week (2018); and D Museum in Seoul (2019). Toogood’s works is held in both public and private collections, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; High Museum of Art, Georgia; The Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Denver Museum of Art, Colorado; Fabergé Museum, St Petersburg; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Lead Supporter Gordon Moffatt AM, Triennial Supporters Cameron Oxley & Bronwyn Ross, Dr Brett Archer, Nicholas Perkins & Paul Banks and Triennial Circle donor Scanlon Foundation for their support of the furniture.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Supporters Betsy Polasek, Susan Jones & James McGrath, Suzanne Kirkham and donors to the 2020 NGV Annual Appeal for their support of the tapestries.