As also announced by Wallpaper* magazine: “Today, Van Cleef & Arpels’ school of jewellery – L’École Van Cleef & Arpels – opens its gilded doors for the very first time. Aimed at makers, connoisseurs and those just simply keen to get an ‘intellectual and emotional grasp of the soul of jewellery through personal experience’, the school will uncover the notoriously secretive world of fine-jewellery via a non-technical curriculum of classes, which will be taught in English as well as French.” Chouette !! AsCaragh McKay explains: “Marie Vallanet-Delhom, the first President of the new École Van Cleef & Arpels, is one of the most prominent figures in the French watch and jewellery industry, and will share her 25-year knowledge of the great French jewellery maisons at the school. Here she talks as through the concept and curriculum.” To view, kindly click HERE.
Lessons in Excellency at Van Clef & Arpels: The gemsetter constantly refers to the gouaché so that he or she can select the right stones for a piece. The combination of different shaped and sized gems adds a sense of movement. Image via Wallpaper*.
“Faye Toogood is a designer based in London. After graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Fine Art and the History of Art, she was snapped up at the tender age of twenty-two by the renowned founding editor of The World of Interiors magazine, Min Hogg. Working her way up from Stylist to Decoration Editor, Faye developed the quirky, offbeat and thoroughly English style that has since become her trademark. After eight years at the magazine, she left to set up her own Studio. Tucked away in a Georgian townhouse, opposite a river in North London the Studio is now the place where she and her small team base themselves. Formerly a regular contributor to Wallpaper*, Vogue, GQ Style, The Telegraph and Elle Decoration magazines, she is now currently working on interior projects and developing her own range of furniture.” Well, The EP was certainly intrigued by that description of Faye Toogood when we came across it while scrolling through her blog. Always ones to delve it bit deeper into the lives and work of those we find incredibly Outstanding and irresistibly Excellent, we decided to ask Ms. Toogood to allow us a personal peek inside her wondrous world of interiors. Let’s have a look… To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)
Another Excellent conversation on a banquette. This time with the Outstanding London-based designer Faye Toogood. Image via Christopher Simon Sykes for Tatler magazine via Studio Toogood.