Faye Toogood: Assemblage 6, Unlearning (Limited edition)

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This book captures the raw moment of inception behind a designer’s collection. Assemblage 6 started off with almost 300 maquettes: chairs, lamps, stools, or daybeds made of wire, cardboard, tape, and canvas, or the everyday materials to be found in Faye Toogood’s studio. But having lined up these rather crude, almost childlike maquettes, the collection, in essence, was decided. Seventeen were chosen to be scaled up to life-size works, and here we have an immersive journey through all the original maquettes and their occasional passage into the real world of furniture/sculpture, a book that plays 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 the independent writer and curator Glenn Adamson, who ultimately provides context for the collection and process as a whole.

Each limited edition features a cover intervention by Faye Toogood, using one of the materials that gave rise to her Assemblage 6 maquettes: a design in masking tape, an artisanal rendering of the tape design reproduced on the cover of the standard edition. The books are signed by Toogood and limited to 50 copies.

Published by Apartamento Publishing S.L.
First edition, March 2021
Dimensions: 145 x 220mm
Pages: 448
Binding: paperback with gilding
ISBN: 978-84-09-27780-3