The Back Room by Studio Toogood
London Design Festival: designer Faye Toogood has opened up the back room of her studio in north London to host a salmon-smoking workshop, locally sourced lunches and a literary salon.
The Back Room is a week-long series of events run by Studio Toogood to celebrate the resurgence of traditional crafts and production techniques among urban designers.
Workshops on leather tooling, bread-making and other traditional skills are being offered alongside life drawing classes and a literary salon for budding poets and writers.
Visitors can try The M25 Luncheon, a meal created by food designers Arabeschi di Latte using ingredients sourced within London's orbital motorway.
Faye Toogood is also launching her Batch collection of furniture, which makes previously limited edition pieces, such as the Spade chair, more accessible.
The final events on Friday are a life drawing class with artist Christian Mizon and a food discussion led by Francesca Sarti, founder of Arabeschi de Latte.
An aerial installation by Toogood is currently on show in Covent Garden as part of Seven Designers for Seven Dials, an exhibition curated by Dezeen which also features work from Paul Cocksedge, Dominic Wilcox and Gitta Gschwendtner.
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Here's some more information from Studio Toogood:
The Back Room
A project by Studio Toogood
Featuring The M25 Luncheon by Arabeschi di Latte.
At Home: Studio Toogood, 1 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU
Saturday 15th – Friday 21st September 11am – 5pm
The Back Room is a celebration of the ‘post-industrial’ era – the resurgence of individuals and small collectives applying their own skills within the urban city to produce, make, manufacture and sell directly.
The workers at Studio Toogood invite visitors to see behind the scenes of their north London canal-side location to experience a modest back-room setting. Find the beauty in the utilitarian and the austere while tucking into a new take on a ploughman's, The M25 Luncheon, served up by food designers Arabeschi di Latte using ingredients gathered from within the M25, washed down with a mug of locally brewed beer.
In a bid to industrialise craftsmanship, Faye Toogood will be launching her latest collection of furniture, Batch. Pieces formerly available only as limited editions have now been made accessible through small-scale production. Made in Britain. Available worldwide.
Dezeen's London Design Festival map
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