Tollgard Design Group is a creative and collaborative interior design studio and a respected curator of international contemporary design.
With three London showrooms and a dedicated commercial contracts team, our aim is to add value at every stage of a design journey: for our clients, for architects, for interior designers and design aficionados around the world.
We combine experience, passion and dedication
Founded in 2005 by partners in life and design, Staffan and Monique Tollgård, our practice has grown from a design studio into a multi-disciplinary practice that employs some of the brightest minds in our industry.Meet our team
"After 15 years in the industry, it might be said that the duo finds themselves in a sweet spot which captures both youth and authority. With their portfolio of hushed luxury, the studio enjoys the industry clout which comes with such tenured experience whilst retaining the dynamism of a studio which is barely getting started."Leading 100 Designers, 2020
We add value at every stage of a design journey
From a strong foundation in interior design we have brought together a curated selection of brands from around the world. Three London showrooms allow clients to experience this design quality first hand. Our Contract Sales team work directly with the trade. Our Product Design team work with world-leading brands and on our own projects.
"We have a strong, shared belief that the best interior design journeys are the shared ones, and that thoughtful, responsible and collaborative design can and should make people's lives better."Harpers Bazaar Feature, April 2020
The Design Studio offers an award-winning architectural interior design service for an international clientele. We work creatively and collaboratively to create bold, contemporary interiors that are eminently liveable.Find out more
Design-led and commercially-focused: the Tollgard contracts team is run by a group of passionate creatives who are ready to help with every stage of the design journey – locally and internationally.Find out more
Product design allows us to tell the story of the piece instead of the story of the space. The direct, focused narrative of each piece offers an answer to a question of living that our interior design work has uncovered.Find out more
Three London destinations for design
We believe that great design deserves to be experienced. Our three London showrooms bring together some of the most exciting brands in the world. Set in the heart of the Pimlico and Chelsea Design District, with experienced interior designer sales people to help trade and private clients, we look forward to welcoming you.
"Tollgard Design Store is a treasure trove of interesting pieces of furniture, lighting and accessories"
Tollgard Belgravia, our flagship showroom in the Pimlico design district curates the best and the bold of international design.Find out more
Tollgard Chelsea Harbour introduces exclusive brands in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.Find out more
Cecotti Collezioni – also in the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour – showcases the craftmanship and quality of this world-famous atelier.Find out more
Partners in life and design
Born out of a shared passion for design, the Design Group is run and managed by Inchbald-educated, husband-and-wife team, Staffan and Monique Tollgård. A background in feature film and documentary production characterises our work: a commitment to the power of story-telling, to the narrative that our clients bring, to the history of the buildings in which we work and the shared stories of the design objects we curate in each interior.
Our clients are at the heart of what we do
While winning awards always feels fantastic, we have understood that our commitment – first and foremost – is to the clients that have placed their trust in us. We strive to go beyond their expectations, to answer their questions of living with meaning, integrity and creativity. To help them create homes that will nurture and protect their family life.Read more testimonials
"They demonstrated a unique understanding of our lifestyle and taste, as well as being wonderful and inspiring people to spend time with. We continue to work with Tollgard on our London residence."Danish Summer House
We ask ourselves mindful questions that effect positive changes
How can we shape the world around us to allow for better relationships, better and kinder environments that will help us, our clients and our colleagues be the best versions of themselves?
We keep coming back to a quote from Alain de Botton:
“Belief in the significance of architecture is premised on the notion that we are, for better and for worse, different people in different places – and on the conviction that it is architecture’s task to render vivid to us who we might ideally be.”
We come from a film-making background
The background we have in story- telling, feature films and documentary production characterises our design work. We think about designing a room in terms of a film script: what kind of story are we telling? How many hero pieces can a room accomodate? What can the budget stretch to? What’s the establishing shot? What do we cut away to for the close up?
What's the Red Thread?
“Röda Tråden” or the Red Thread is a phrase used across Northern Europe. It’s used to describe the guiding principle of creative endeavour, whether it be a piece of art, literature or music. The familiar thread – or trail of breadcrumbs – scattered through the work by the maker that takes you back to the heart of the piece.
In the context of design, it’s what we are always looking for in each project we undertake. It’s the design DNA that we strive to find and then express in each project. Within the client, architecture and environment are clues to a distinctive and powerful narrative: a unique red thread that we use to tell a new story using the language of design.
Our people are amongst the brightest and the best in our industry
We strive to find and keep 360-degree designers: obsessed with design, adept with technology, passionate about people and storytelling. Our designers and consultants have a range of backgrounds and education, but we see a red thread between them. Their attention to detail and the amount they care about their projects. Design is not a job, or a career. It’s a calling.Get in touch if you would like to be part of our team
Look who noticed us
We are always incredibly proud when our talented industry recognises our work. Take a look at some of our recent awards and publications our work has featured in.See all our recent press & awards
Ariadna Hernando Conejero
Senior Interior Designer
With a BA in Interior Design from ESDI in Barcelona, Spain, Ariadna has worked on large high-end residential projects both in the UK and internationally. Additional experience in the commercial world has come from time working at the Maybourne Hotel Group design team, for Claridge’s Hotel. Her excellent technical skills and Iberian flair have endeared her to colleagues and clients alike. While her design ethos is summed up by Mies van der Rohe’s dictat that “Less is more”, the same cannot be said for Ariadna’s strong work ethic and commitment to her projects.
Senior Interior Designer
Steven Payne is an award-winning designer and a familiar face within the interior design community. From his first role with world-famous hotel designer Frank Solano, to his work with interior design giant John Stefanidis, Steven has worked with leading practices as well as within his own studio for three decades of design. His role at Tollgard allows him to concentrate on what he loves best – the opportunity to transform space.
As Technical Director Oscar oversees our deliverables & technical information. Having worked on a wide range of project types for both private and public clients and with many successful clients and high-performance global teams, Oscar has a particular expertise in running projects from inception to completion, with an emphasis on the top prime residential and leisure sectors. On our UK projects Oscar often acts as Lead Architect and lead consultant and oversees coordination work between design disciplines and construction team.
Erik trained at the Inchbald School of Design and since then has worked in high-end retail environments. His design education gives him an in-depth insight into the spaces his clients are trying to create, not simply the products they might need to source. He brings a friendly, easy-going and infectious manner to his dealings with clients and colleagues alike and is committed to impeccable customer service. Please email Erik with any trade or retail furniture enquiries.
Max has an exceptional pedigree in contract sales, having worked for several years for Habitat and Conran over the course of his career. The cornerstone of his ethos has always been to provide a personal, thoughtful service that allows designers to maximise their creative potential and best serve their clients. He brings a wealth of commercial and international experience to Staffan Tollgård and is delighted to be spearheading their brands and contracts division.
Studio Manager & Head of Operations
With a decade’s worth of experience in top luxury brands and a background in financial administration, Giorgi capably steers the operations of the Tollgard Design Group. Both intuitive and process-orientated, he ensures our teams are able to function effectively to meet their project commitments, whilst looking strategically at how to improve our business activities in the long term.
Howard is AAT qualified & has worked in Accountancy for over 25 years both in Accountancy Practice & in Industry. His background is varied. He has worked for a large American company that explores natural gas as well as at Merrill Lynch in London. Howard is responsible for the smooth running of the accounts department at Staffan Tollgård, having been with the company since 2007 he is more than familiar with the needs of a successful Interior Design business.
Ceccotti Showroom Manager
Peter is manager of the Ceccotti Collezioni showroom in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. As part of the UK Interior Designer Community for over 20 years, including 13 years as manager for Andrew Martin International, he has an enduring passion for promoting and selling quality interior design products.
Senior Interior Designer
Sharon gained a BA in architecture at the Kent School of Architecture. Through her experience working in the high-end residential industry she has found that her passion is truly for interior architecture and design. Being sensitive to a client’s needs, she looks to ensure that she creates a space that works as well as it looks. She believes that the key to good design lies within the consideration for spatial quality which in turn dictates how a space is perceived. “The details are not the details – they make the design.”
With a BA in Industrial Design from Venice, Andrea is a passionate young designer. He believes that at the beginning of a project there’s always a story, a scenario which brings new inspirations and ideas. The skills he has developed at university and the experience he has gained within the workplace have given him the opportunity to combine the qualities of both Industrial and Interior Design. Passion and positivity are his strengths and this is reflected within the work that Andrea creates.
Olga graduated with a BA in Architecture from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania. Having worked in Shanghai for a Sino-French boutique architecture firm, Olga moved to London to concentrate on combining her architecture skills with interior design. She is an adept of the minimalist style which blends function with aesthetics to provide a clean, modern and organic setting to any space.
Tom Pritchard Jones
Tom gained a BA in Interior Architecture at UWIC. Since then he has worked on projects around the world gaining experience in a diverse range of positions. From working as a tradesman on site to project managing high end residential developments in central London, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and a fastidious eye for technical detailing.
Amrit is a proficient and reliable designer with a growing range of experience in the high-end residential sector. Her BA in Interior Design has given her the platform to further progress her diverse skill set. She has a positive attitude and a keen eye for detail, and this, matched with her determined mindset makes her a great addition to the team.
George graduated with a BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Lincoln with a growing range of experience within residential and commercial design. The finesse George gained at university and Architects practices has allowed him to transfer this knowledge into Interior Design. With George’s deep understanding of spatial design and detailing, he believes the key aspect of design is creating a three dimensional space that provokes emotions.
Upon completing her BA in Architecture, Esra gained experience in residential and hospitality projects at an architectural practice. Whilst also working on volunteering projects, she further studied MA Interior Design to hone her design flair and continue her approach from the exterior to the interior. She believes that the design journey is as important as the final result because it creates the identity of the building.
Fascinated by colourful nature and science, Makarem developed a unique eye for designing interior spaces whilst completing her BA degree in Interior Design at Regent’s University. Work in the residential design world further developed client relationships and her understanding of how beautiful and functional spaces work. At the Tollgard Showroom she is inspired everyday by the most luxurious of brands and by taking care of her clients.
Contracts Sales Associate
Margarita has studied Fine Arts and continued with Masters in Interior and Spatial Design. For the last five years, she works in the design sales field bringing together excellent customer service and efficiency.
Contracts Sales Associate
Tatiana is a recent graduate from the KLC School of Design. She brings with her with a foundation education in product design at the Technical University of Moldova. Tatiana’s firm belief is that good design persists above all trends and should make a lasting impression.
Contracts Sales Associate
Dominique has a background in design spanning over 10 years in fields from luxury jewellery to artisan furniture, and has worked across the globe in Italy, Mexico, and the UK. She brings this broad experience to the contracts team, along with a fine attention to detail and a love for all things about furniture. Her client centred approach combined with exceptional organisational skills are the key ingredients to her project management success.
Showroom Sales & Business Development
Philip’s wealth of experience in the contemporary furniture industry is the result of a diverse and exciting career. Working directly for the manufacturers of Italian furniture, for fabric houses and finally through managing luxury furniture showrooms he has gained a holistic understanding of the worlds of production and retail. This wealth of knowledge allows him to understand and meet his client’s objectives and budget and deliver a truly personal level of service.
Showroom Sales & Business Development
Laura trained at the prestigious Chelsea College of Arts, where she gained a BA (Hons) in Textile Design. Laura’s design background includes several years working as a Fashion Print Designer, where she further developed her flair and sensitivity for colour, composition and natural attention to detail. Bringing these complementary skills and experiences with her to the Showroom Interior Design team, her work is underpinned by enthusiasm and energy for people, storytelling and space and essentially, a deep interest in the overlap of these.
Showroom Sales Associate
Tania’s passion for creating characterful designs that pay homage to history and culture began during her BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design. Her subsequent professional work blends aesthetics, practicality and character. Known for her detailed eye, calm manner and organised approach, Tania is well versed in delivering projects on time and on budget.
Head of Product Design
Filippo Castellani was born in Pisa, educated in Florence and trained in Milan. Creative consultant and product designer for leading international design brands, his experience has seen him work from high-end and limited production items, to mass-produced and globally retailed products. Informal – balanced – unconventional – figured – detailed… these are the keys to his concept of design.