Design Luminary Faye Toogood’s Family-Friendly Minimalist Apartment

Faye Toogood is arguably one of the most influential interior designers of our time. So when we noticed that her three-bedroom apartment in Hampshire was listed on The Modern House (the high-end design-oriented real estate company co-founded by her husband, Matt Gibberd), we knew we had to go get more information.

“I left London with my family two years ago to have my twin daughters and to be closer to my parents. The purchase of this apartment was a provisional decision before committing to buy a family home outside London, “says Faye about the 1,325 square foot house, currently listed £ 645,000, which she shares with Matt.

With much of their furniture, works of art and objects stored, it was almost necessary to opt for a minimalist aesthetic: “I knew we would only live here for a short period of time, so I wanted to make it easy , functional, and practical for raising three children in a small space. Minimalism suited this space, ”she says. “And I liked living with less.”

Describing her style as “evolutionary and not static”, Faye now intends to find “the house in which I want to live for a very long time. Not a project, but a long-term home for my family. “

We can’t wait to see the evolution of his style. In the meantime, she guides us through all the custom and clever touches of her apartment in Hampshire.

Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.

Faye and Matt & # 8
Above: Faye and Matt’s apartment occupies the entire first floor of the Victorian house.
The entrance leads to the lounge, where one of the Faye & # 8
Above: the entrance leads to the living room, where one of Faye’s emblematic pieces, the Roly Poly chair, made of fiberglass, welcomes visitors.
Faye and Matt have had the apartment renovated. & # 8
Above: Faye and Matt have had the apartment renovated. “It was occupied by a 90 year old lady before us, so it looked completely different as you can imagine,” she said. Among the changes in the living room was the addition of the two tall glass doors leading to the patio. The mirror above the fireplace was designed by Faye.
The house is decorated with a mix of custom designs, contemporary pieces and vintage finds, like the Ercol sofa and the & # 8
Above: the house is decorated with a mix of personalized designs, contemporary pieces and vintage finds, like the Ercol sofa and the Swedish wall lamp from the 60s above.
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Above: “This is an old English heating cabinet. He has an open back and is said to have been used in large country houses as a place to serve food. It now houses puzzles and artistic materials, ”says Faye.
Faye had the wall between the living room and the kitchen removed so that it & # 8
Above: Faye removed the wall between the living room and the kitchen to make a long open space. The cabinets on the left “hide a pantry, a drinks cabinet and all my ceramic and glassware”. An oversized Akari Noguchi light hangs in the kitchen. “The giant pendant is oversized in the room and I love it. From outside the house at night, all you can see are these two giant balls [there’s another one in her bedroom]—Like moons – radiating from inside the house. ”
The monumental sculptor & # 8
Above: the monumental sculptor’s table is designed by Faye. “It is made of solid oak and covered with layers of paint and car lacquer. It almost has a marble top. It is extremely heavy and it took four men to lift all of the parts before it was assembled, ”she said. “We do everything on the table: prepare food, eat, paint, make clay sculptures with the children, entertain and dance on them!”
A vintage Italian pendant light is hanging in the hallway. & # 8
Above: a vintage Italian pendant light is hanging in the hallway. “Everything – everything – is painted Cornforth white by Farrow & Ball,” says Faye. “I find it the perfect canvas for objects and art. It is a very easy color to live with. “
No more Noguchi pendants in the master bedroom, which has a French cast iron bathtub, found on eBay, in front of the bay windows. There & # 8
Above: No more Noguchi pendants in the master bedroom, which has a French cast iron bathtub, found on eBay, in front of the bay windows. There is also an adjoining bathroom.
The floors are original to the house; they were simply sanded and given two coats of Osmo pigmented white oil.
Above: The floors are original to the house; they were simply sanded and given two coats of Osmo pigmented white oil.
The twins & # 8
Above: the twin bedroom with Ikea cradles.
Their eldest daughter & # 8
Above: their eldest daughter’s bedroom with the Perch d’Oeuf bunk bed.
The unpainted brass taps in the apartment & # 8
Above: The unpainted brass taps in the main bathroom of the apartment come from Studio Ore.
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Above: “This is our private courtyard, and we completely redone it when we moved in with the help of my friends and garden designers Rich Landscapes. There are many beautiful old York stones and the herringbone masonry took weeks! “

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