Faye at the OC London store wearing the Chloë Sevigny for OC LEOPARD PRINT SOPHIE PUFF-SLEEVE DRESS in beige. Portraits by RORY VAN MILLINGEN "Two Willow Road, hidden in the depths of Hampstead, is one of my favorite British Modernist interiors. Designed in 1939 by Ernö Goldfinger for his family, this understated space has one of the most appealing interiors. I would like to turn the clock back and have a cup of tea with Ernö in his office."  Two Willow Road, London "The mystery and wonder of this interior really inspires me. The architect, Sir John Soane, lived here and filled his house with personal collections of antiques, drawings, paintings, and models. It very much appeals to my own obsessive nature and predilection for collecting." Sir John Soane's Museum, London Sir John Soane's Museum Victor Vasarely Museum Victor Vasarely Museum "A house for intellectuals, artists, and poets. This bohemian cottage in Sussex, with an interior painted by artists Vanessa and Duncan Bell, is one of the most perfect examples of decorative art of the English Bloomsbury period. It is adorned with murals, painted furniture, ceramics, objects from the Omega Workshops, paintings, and textiles. Who would dare to paint their dining room black and place ceramic lampshades above the table?" Charleston House, Sussex Charleston House, Sussex Charleston House, Sussex "On the coast of Cornwall in St Ives, British sculptor Barbara Hepworth resided in a small studio surrounded by a beautiful garden. It was here in this magical and personal space that this hugely inspirational woman worked on her monumental stone and wooden sculptures. It remains exactly as it was when she left it." Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives, Cornwall Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives, Cornwall Yves Saint Laurent's apartment, Paris Yves Saint Laurent's apartment, Paris "Located in Cambridge, this former home of Jim Ede, a curator at the Tate Modern in London during the 20s and 30s, is very much how I would like to live. Decorated with the objects he collected, including stones, glass, pictures, and sculptures, it is a light-filled space with all the warmth of a home. A white house without all the coldness normally associated with a 'white house'." Kettle's Yard, Cambridge Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Faye Toogood at OC London, Part Two

BY Gillian Tozer | Wed. August 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM | Culture Club
In part two (part one here) of my interview with UK designer Faye Toogood we discuss the 10 years she spent styling the pages of World of Interiors, her firm Studio Toogood, and her favorite interiors of all time.

Gillian Tozer: Let's talk a little about your time with World Of Interiors. There are many disparate elements and juxtapositions within the worlds you created, but I also recognize this sense of heritage and tradition. What affect did the magazine have on your aesthetic?
Faye Toogood: Going from studying Art History straight into interiors was probably the best education I could have had. At World of Interiors, I learned a lot about antiques, old interiors, and architecture—it was just the most incredible dictionary of design. I think that grounding and aesthetic is engrained in my head.

What I really like, even though I haven’t been at the magazine for five years, is that whether something was from 1720 or 1920 it gets treated the same way. That definitely had a strong influence on me: it's not just about today but also tomorrow. Having that sense of history and a knowledge of interiors allows you to take references and play with them so that people can consciously and subconsciously react.

GT: What are some of your favorite interiors?

FT: The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, Charleston House, Kettle's Yard, Sir John Soane's Museum, the Victor Vasarely Museum, the house designed by Ernö Goldfinger on Willow Road in London, and Yves Saint Laurent's apartment in Paris, to name a few!

GT: Tell me a little about Studio Toogood?
FT: People often ask what is Studio Toogood? It's very hard for me to explain: we work on so many diverse projects. Essentially, we are a group of creatives, currently 12, who work on creative projects, whether it’s two- or three-dimensional, permanent, or temporary. My intentions with Studio Toogood have always been the same: to build a group of like-minded people from different backgrounds. Whether they’re from architecture, interiors, products, graphics, or fashion we all come together and collaborate on projects. I think when you cross disciplines you get really interesting results. Having a fine artist work on a functional piece of design is interesting and looking at the way they approach it is something that I’ve tried to do differently, in comparison to other design companies. 

Collectively, we have a wide skill set. It's exciting to work one day on a fashion shoot, the next day design a chair, and then the next day work on a hotel interior. Diversity is what stops me from getting bored and hopefully stops everyone else from getting bored as well.