My personal highligt during the London Design Festival was the two-part installation by Studio Toogood : The Cloakroom at Victoria &Albert Museum. The exhibition was so beautiful and it was a collaboration with Highfield by Kvadrat, who’s textile was used for the coats. Each coat had a sewn-in map that guided us around the museum. We discovered a series of sculptural garments, all created by Toogood with consideration to the Museum and its collection.
The 150 navigational coats were based on the Oil Rigger Coat, the very first coat that was designed by Toogood. The coats were made by Kvadrat in compressed-foam textile, each one made by hand and therefore unique in its expression. The installation of the coats in materials was non-traditionally used in the fashion industry – such as wood, fibre glass and metal – brought together the two design worlds of furniture and fashion. The coat number 100 of 150 got to move with me to Stockholm.