The genteel traditions of the English drawing room* have been redrafted by British designer Faye Toogood for a new installation at Somerset House during this year’s London Design Festival. Visitors are invited to relax in an environment that evokes a derelict country house – although in this case the surrounds have been literally drawn in, as charcoal sketches on the translucent plastic sheets that line the walls.
The furniture is an intriguing combination of abstracted cardboard sculptures, a drawer of personal archive treasures, and reassuringly chunky contemporary pieces drawn from Toogood’s recent ‘Roly-Poly’ collection, remodelled in charcoal-hued fibreglass. A sense of rustic abandonment is added by a handwoven rug strung together from limewashed fragments of canvas and rope, while stray chickens and ducks – rendered in cardboard origami – mingle with the visitors.

* The English drawing room is a comfortable place within an English country house used for relaxing or for entertaining guests.
The name is derived from the sixteenth-century term withdrawing room, where one could withdraw for more privacy. As an elegant center of the house great attention has been paid to the decoration with furniture, artworks and textiles.


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