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Design Studio Profile: The Work Of Studio Toogood

We at Decoist love highlighting the work of innovative studios changing the face of interior design. Today we shine the spotlight on Studio Toogood, which offers a full creative direction and interior design service. In fact, the studio’s portfolio includes both two-dimensional work on the page and three-dimensional work in a vast array of interiors, covering territory that spans the real to the conceptual. From developing an interior to developing a brand, Studio Toogood puts its unique stamp on the art of design. Enjoy today’s design studio profile as we focus on a range of intriguing interiors…

Super Natural

We begin with SUPER NATURAL, a project by Studio Toogood “dedicated to foraging, collecting and observing in the English countryside.” In this 201o exhibition, sculptural and natural elements combined to create an enticing display:

Super Natural by Studio Toogood Design Studio Profile: The Work Of Studio Toogood
Super Natural by Studio Toogood

The installation of mushrooms near the entrance was picked by New Forest forager Mrs. Tee. Visitors were encouraged to study the mushrooms, thanks to an enticing layout, ample lighting and magnifying glasses:

The mushroom installation was a key part of Super Natural Design Studio Profile: The Work Of Studio Toogood
The mushroom installation was a key part of Super Natural

Furniture designed by Faye Toogood was on display in this cleverly crafted space. The title of her collection: Assemblage I.

Furniture collection by Faye Toogood
Furniture collection by Faye Toogood

Also of interest was the Brambles Cafe by Arabeschi di Latte and La Fromagerie, where visitors could enjoy food made from wild seasonal ingredients. Not to mention, the scent of soft moss, wet lichen, tree bark and fallen leaves permeated the air of the exhibition. The fragrance was developed exclusively for the space by top French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian!

Beautifully designed Brambles Cafe
Beautifully designed Brambles Cafe

All photos above are by Tom Mannion

Mahani

Next we explore Mahani, Dubai’s first concept store featuring a compelling interior designed by Studio Toogood. The goal: to artfully contrast the pervasive slick style of modern retail in the Emirates. The result: raw concrete walls and fittings, as well as a range of interesting materials:

Raw materials take center stage at Mahani
Raw materials take center stage at Mahani

The raw elements of this Modernist-inspired retail space are balanced by a range of feminine touches, such as vivid drapes and satin upholstery. A catwalk provides an ideal stage for shows featuring the work of talented designers:

Mahani by Studio Toogood
Mahani by Studio Toogood

Below we see a contemporary focal point in the form of industrial lighting that channels both the modern and the retro:

Industrial modern lighting at Mahani
Industrial modern lighting at Mahani

The space also features an in-store bakery that offers coffee, tea and sweet treats by food designers Arabeschi di Latte. Note the colorful drapery and seating options. Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?!

Mahani's in-store bakery by Studio Toogood
Mahani’s in-store bakery by Studio Toogood

A jewelry display area adds sculptural and textural interest. From the anchoring concepts to the smallest of details, Mahani is a study in purposeful design.

Jewelry display at Mahani
Jewelry display at Mahani

3.1 Philip Lim Pop-Up Shop

In 2013, Studio Toogood designed 3.1 Philip Lim‘s pop-up shop inside of London’s Selfridge’s. The look: steel, verdigris patinated copper, sculptural objects crafted from mixed materials, and a tapestry backdrop featuring a primal landscape:

Philip Lim pop-up shop by Studio Toogood
3.1 Philip Lim pop-up shop by Studio Toogood

The design for this space was inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost. Below we zoom in on one of many scale models (maquettes) based on specific elements of Milton’s work.

Sculptural details at the Philip Lim pop-up shop by Studio Toogood
Sculptural details at the 3.1 Philip Lim pop-up shop by Studio Toogood

Reflecting the innovation and unique blend of materials that underlies Studio Toogood’s signature style, this pop-up shop remained at Selfridges until November 2013:

Pop-up shop at Selfridges
Pop-up shop at Selfridges

Browns Focus

We now take a tour of Browns Focus, described as “one of the world’s leading destinations for newly discovered talent and emerging designers”. One of the many elements that makes this space unique is the way it’s divided over two floors. On the ground floor is a midnight-blue interior with a post-industrial feel, channeling the spirit of nightwear.

Browns Focus by Studio Toogood
Browns Focus by Studio Toogood

Geometric angles, black rubber, blue-tinted glass and a touch of neon are a few of the many standout features in this dramatically lit space.

Midnight blue eveningwear area of Browns Focus
The midnight blue eveningwear area of Browns Focus

Providing a stark contrast, the basement is a gleaming shade of white, complete with rubber and mesh walls and a lacquered floor. Eye-catching focal points such as hand-made Moroccan Boucherouite rag rugs and display areas made from metal and rubberized timber offcuts are scattered throughout this bright space that represents daywear. Both floors of this design destination feature furnishings by Faye Toogood.

The daywear basement of Browns Focus
The daywear basement of Browns Focus

London Townhouse

After browsing so many creative spaces by Studio Toogood, let’s take a look at a residence designed by the studio. Unexpected touches in the London townhouse below include an array of minerals specimens, as well as taxidermy of the zebra variety. Once again, furnishings by Faye Toogood are on display here, along with antique and vintage modernist pieces.

Mineral specimens and a zebra take center stage in this living room
Mineral specimens and a zebra take center stage in this living room

Plush and clean-lined touches combine in the bedroom in the form of a tufted chair and ottoman, spherical lighting and a contemporary rug. Emerald green and gold are eye-catching hues that form a striking combination.

Townhome bedroom by Studio Toogood
Townhome bedroom by Studio Toogood

In the powder room, herringbone tile on the floor and walls is punctuated by colorful accent tiles that contrast the crisp white pattern. Marble and metal are other standouts, along with rich green window treatments. Whether residential or commercial, Studio Toogood spaces beckon a second look with their carefully curated details that are anything but expected.

London townhouse interior by Studio Toogood
London townhouse interior by Studio Toogood

Thank you for joining us as we reveled in the multifaceted work of Studio Toogood. Stay tuned for future posts that profile today’s top design studios…

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