British designer Faye Toogood delights in the dynamism that collaborations can bring, whether she’s creating a new chair design or a rug. “This is probably why I chose to be a designer and not an artist, because I truly love collaborations. They are such an important part of what I do,” she says.
Toogood’s latest collaboration sees her reuniting with Please Wait to be Seated, a Danish company that was founded by former interior photographer Thomas Ibsen in 2014; the brand is available in Singapore at Cult Design. Toogood is expanding her Tubby Tube collection with new pendant lighting that references the existing products’ curvaceous forms.
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Toogood has known Ibsen for nearly two decades; they first met during her eight-year stint as interiors editor at The World of Interiors magazine. “We would shoot quite a lot of projects together! Our relationship goes way back and far beyond our different businesses,” she recalls fondly. “Thomas was the first person to really want to support what I was doing, and I’ve just always appreciated that about him—his enthusiasm is so strong.”
That said, the designer is selective with her collaborators: “I tend to say no to a lot of them. For me, I prefer doing collaborations with people and brands that I genuinely feel I have a really strong connection with.”
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