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Roly-Poly Armchair

About the Design

“I’ve got fat,” the visionary English designer Faye Toogood (b. 1977) joked to Dezeen in 2014 by way of explaining the rounded shapes of her new furniture line — or, in Toogood speak, “Assemblage.” Since founding her eponymous studio in 2008, Toogood has released her designs in a series of numbered Assemblages. The Roly-Poly armchair is from the fourth, launched at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014. As its name suggests, it is part of a series based on squat, bulbous shapes that comprise chairs, tables and benches.


The armchair is likely the most roly-poly of the line, with its concave seat taking the shape of an ice cream scoop, sides swooped high enough to account for armrests. Toogood’s jumping-off point for the collection was her own experience with pregnancy and motherhood, an inspiration that is multifaceted: For one, there are the rounded shapes associated with fertility and, literally, pregnancy; then, the resulting pieces feel inherently childlike, as though drawn from a storybook illustration, and are the result, the designer has said, of seeing the world through her children’s eyes.


Toogood originally created the Roly-Poly armchair in small batches, handcrafting each chair from a clay model and realizing the piece in fiberglass. A collaboration with the Italian manufacturer Driade brought the seat into larger-scale production in an iteration made from polyethylene, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It comes in ochre yellow, red brick, peat, charcoal, concrete and flesh colors.

Faye Toogood Roly Poly Armchair

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Faye Toogood, "Roly-Poly Chair / Moon", Sand-Cast Bronze, Silver Nitrate, 2016
By Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
Faye Toogood [British, b. 1977] Roly-Poly chair / Moon, 2016 Sand-cast bronze, silver nitrate Measures: 24 x 25 x 33.5 inches 61 x 63.5 x 85 cm Faye Toogood was born in the UK...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Minimalist Chairs

Materials

Silver, Bronze

Faye Toogood Cream Contemporary Roly Poly Chair Fibreglass
By Faye Toogood
Located in Barcelona, ES
Roly-Poly Chair Raw Manufactured by Faye Toogood London, 2018 Fiberglass Measurements 85cm wide x 59cm deep x 61cm height 33,46 in wide x 23,22in deep x 25,40in height Colors – Cre...
Category

2010s British Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Faye Toogood Contemporary Design Roly-Poly Chair in Charcoal Fibreglass, London
By Faye Toogood
Located in Barcelona, ES
Roly-Poly Chair Raw Manufactured by Faye Toogood London, 2018 Fiberglass Measurements 85cm wide x 59cm deep x 61cm height 33,46 in wide x 23,22in deep x 25,40in height Colors – Cr...
Category

2010s British Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Contemporary Design Roly Poly Chair in Raw Fibreglass by Faye Toogood, London
By Faye Toogood
Located in Barcelona, ES
Roly-Poly Chair Raw Manufactured by Faye Toogood London, 2018 Fiberglass Measurements 85cm wide x 59cm deep x 61cm height 33,46 in wide x 23,22in deep x 25,40in height Colors – Put...
Category

2010s British Chairs

Materials

Fiberglass

Roly Poly Polyethylene Sofa in Charcoal by Faye Toogood
By Faye Toogood, Driade
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

2010s Italian Sofas

Materials

Plastic

Roly Poly Polyethelene Armchair in Brick Red by Faye Toogood for Driade
By Driade, Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Roly Poly Polyethylene Armchair in Flesh by Faye Toogood for Driade
By Driade, Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Roly Poly Polyethylene Armchair in Red Brick with Cushions by Faye Toogood
By Faye Toogood, Driade
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Plastic

Roly Poly Polyethylene Armchair in Charcoal by Faye Toogood for Driade
By Driade, Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Roly Poly Polyethylene Armchair in Concrete with Cushions by Faye Toogood
By Driade, Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Plastic

Roly Poly Armchair in Peat by Faye Toogood for Driade
By Faye Toogood, Driade
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic

Roly Poly Armchair in Ochre by Faye Toogood for Driade
By Driade, Faye Toogood
Located in New York, NY
The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s Roly-Poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade. The latest line for the It...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Chairs

Materials

Plastic