Tollgard Presents – BassamFellows & GUBI at Focus/20
Join us at Focus/20, held in the Design Centre London at Chelsea Harbour and receive an introduction to the brand new pieces from contemporary craftspeople at BassamFellows and the evolving lifestyle aesthetic of Gubi from our own Creative Director Staffan Tollgård and Showroom Sales Director Erik Odell-Romanoff.
WHEN IS IT?
13th – 18th September
10:00am – 5:00pm
WHERE IS IT?
Tollgard Chelsea Harbour
First Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre,
Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE During the Focus/20 event, your safety and well-being is our utmost priority. We’ll be running a limited number of appointments to help with this. You can book your appointment for each individual brand introduction. Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)20 8067 21232
Tollgard Chelsea Harbour is delighted to introduce a capsule collection from BassamFellows to its collection of contemporary and modern design heroes. A little over fifteen years ago architect Craig Bassam and creative director Scott Fellows began drafting their vision for a new kind of American luxury company. Their pioneering Craftsman Modern aesthetic, which marries architectural authority with a minimal-artisanal philosophy, was introduced with the debut of the iconic BassamFellows Tractor Stool at the 2003 Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The Geometric Dining Table is BassamFellows first pedestal table featuring a tubular steel base formed from a collection of radiating postal elements mechanically fixed and cinched together with wrapped leather. The top is veneered Walnut with a carved, solid Walnut edge.
In Black Oiled Walnut with Vienna cane seat. The BassamFellows Brutus chair, launched in Milan in 2020, has its roots in the powerful Modernist vernacular of Perriand and Jeanneret, but is softer and visually lighter. It emphasizes certain sculptural elements, elevating visual aspects evident in much Brutalist design, but updated with an organic smoothness.
The Wonder Sofa is a contemporary reinterpretation of 1970s lounge furniture by Space Copenhagen for GUBI. Its designers have updated the informal, generous and playful nature of the original modular sofas with an elegant and simple form.
Named after the epic poems of ancient times, GamFratesi’s Epic Table for GUBI is a sculptural piece of furniture inspired by Greek columns and Roman architecture. Made in Italy from travertine stone, the monolithic form emphasizes the materiality of the stone, the natural beauty of its veins, and the vibrant texture of its unique patina—in which a new detail can be discovered with every use.
Tollgard features on Luxdeco Top 100 Interior Designers of 2020
Luxdeco’s annually published list celebrates the world’s leading interior designers for the creativity, positive impact and commitment to luxury design which they contribute to the design world. We are thrilled to feature on this global list – it is a huge honour.
We were delighted to hear what LuxDeco had to say about us too –
“The husband and wife team behind Tollgard Design Group recently observed: “Unlike other industries, design is not obsessed with youth. Experience really matters when designing anything of importance, and there is still a very healthy respect for people who have been doing this for a long time.” However, 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.”
“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.”
The interior design of this monumental family Amman villa, completed in 2019, has been a labour of love for filmmaker-turned-architect designer and founder of Tollgard Design Group, Staffan Tollgård. “Helping families create homes that nurture their lives, inspire their passions, protect their relationships – these are rewarding goals and we feel incredibly privileged to have been able to work with the client partners that we have had over the last many years,” expresses Tollgard.
The team starts off each project by searching for the ‘red thread’, a term derived from the Northern European notion that describes the unique creative DNA of a piece of work: the linking or guiding theme, motif or fundamental principle. The red thread always combines the story of a family, in a building, in a place. Likewise, the Amman Villa project portrays the story of a young, vibrant family building a life in an incredibly modern building set against a Jordanian backdrop. ‘Heartfelt minimalism’, is the term that has been coined to describe the project
“We worked with Lebanese architect Raëd Abillama and a team of local contractors and craftsmen to create a bold and dynamic presence in a historic location,” expresses Tollgard. Raëd’s architectural tour de force reconfigures materials to perpetually push the envelope and challenge cultural norms. In a bid to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior, the joinery, kitchens and furniture have been designed in an elegant, minimal way. The space is also home to its very own private art gallery.
“Unlike many galleries, that can feel cold and that exist only to house and light the artwork, this is a warm space framed with natural materials: a gallery for life,”
Staffan Tollgård’s goal was to curate an art collection for the project made of strong, bold works which would not drown in the large spaces; pieces that would stand the test of time and become as important to the interior as the materials of the building and the furniture inside. A colour-shifting piece by Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi makes the transition from the reception room to the formal dining room an interesting one.
“We have a Ruth Waller and Lee Hewett large-scale circular tryptic on the same floor whose simplicity, using interior textile surfaces, has captured the homeowner’s as well as visitors’ hearts,”
In the entrance, a typically whimsical and colourful piece by famed artist Susan Shup with a personal message from the family, is meticulously placed. Also showcased well near the entrance of the abode is a humanscale version of the sculpture The Visitor in bronze by artist Guido Deleu, subtly welcoming visitors into the house.
This villa in Jordan has been meticulously designed by Tollgard and his team to create a family home for five, as well as a venue for entertaining that could elegantly seat 24 guests at a formal dinner. The dining room sees two bespoke, versatile tables that can be pulled apart, set together, or intertwined to create a single table nearly six metres long. The decorative lighting has been set to be equally flexible, resulting in a cloudscape of lights above the dining area.
“While the balance of form and function is at the head of our practice, you might say the heart of our work is about how to create spaces and opportunities for family time and personal growth,” expresses Tollgard. “When we get this right there is a huge feeling of satisfaction – even happiness – at seeing this transformation. This project was one such transformation indeed.”
Project featured in Harpers Bazaar Arabia – Spring 2020
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We are absolutely delighted to celebrate Tollgard Design Group turning 15.
15 years of answering questions of living … of telling stories using the language of design … of working with a truly talented and inspiring group of interior designers … of working for some of the most wonderful clients in the world.
We want to say a huge thank you to our team and to our clients for this design journey. For the opportunities we have been given, and the amazing people we have met along the way.
Here are some of the milestone moments.
2005 – First ever Project
My first project completed when I was still working out of my attic, with Grace our miniature Schnauzer as my sidekick. Fifteen years – and three-hundred projects later – I still love this one.
2008 – First time on House & Garden’s list of 100 Leading Interior Designers
The moment we found out we were on House and Garden’s Leading 100 list is still one of my all-time moments. An honour and a joy to feature on it for nearly a decade.
2009 – One of 3 (The others were Nina Campbell and Helen Green) Designers chosen by Jacqueline Duncan OBE graduating from Inchbald over its 50 years.
Jacqueline Duncan OBE and the Inchbald have played a pivotal role in shaping our company and I was absolutely delighted to be selected along with Helen Green and Nina Campbell to celebrate fifty years of design excellence.
To learn more about Inchbald School of Design click here
2012 – First product designed – The Belle for Contardi
Our first foray into product design was for Contardi. The Belle was the result of my search for functional sculpture and there are now 50 of them hanging in the Bell and Whistle restaurant in the Nhow Hotel in East London.
In 2013 we opened the doors of the Staffan Tollgård Design Store overlooking the river at Grosvenor Waterside. We made the decision to go ahead on Monique and my 10 year wedding anniversary … knowing we were signing on the dotted line for a 25 year lease. One of the best decisions in the last 15 for sure.
These three landmark projects completed in the same year in three different countries. Each captures the connection of environment, architecture and client perfectly: three unique and vivid red threads.
2019 – Opening of Ceccotti Collezioni and Tollgard Showroom in Chelsea Harbour
Our partnership with Ceccotti Collezioni is something we take enormous pleasure in. They create the heirlooms of tomorrow, and opening the eponymous store in Chelsea Harbour was a very proud moment. To then be able to open our second Tollgard Showroom right next door made the year complete.
To visit the Ceccotti Collezioni Store click here and the Tollgard Showroom at Chelsea Harbour click here.
Thank you for following the journey of the Tollgard Interior Design Group Turning 15!
Enki Magazine featuring Our Danish Summerhouse
Read the fantastic article and 20 page spread on the design of our Summerhouse project on the remote island of Fanø in Denmark completed in conjunction with KBH.
Maison et Objet: Interior Designer Staffan Tollgård becomes Ambassador
Interior designer Staffan was honoured to be one of Maison et Objet’s ambassadors earlier this year. The opportunity allowed him to reflect on 15 years of visiting this iconic interior design exhibition.
Press play below or click here to see Maison & Objet’s interview with him.
Staffan Tollgård interviewed in The Times – Bricks & Mortar Oct 2019
Tastemakers: Staffan Tollgård, designer
Swedish-born Staffan Tollgård, 47, never intended to become a designer. It was his wife, Monique, who persuaded him to pursue his interest. While renovating their first home together, she encouraged him to enrol at the Inchbald School of Design.
The couple set up Tollgard Design Group 15 years ago and it has grown into a bustling interior design practice, with three London showrooms, and a contract sales and product design division. Their present projects include a listed apartment in Copenhagen and the offices of a tech company in Paddington, central London.
Winners of the International Design & Architecture Awards 2019!
We are simply overwhelmed to have won the Design et al International Design & Architecture Awards 2019 for Interior Design Scheme Europe with our Danish Summerhouse Project.
We would like to thank everyone that took the time to vote for our project in the International design & architecture awards 2019 – we are very grateful! It was a formative opportunity to work with world-renowned architect Knud Holscher in an unrivalled setting. Add to this the best clients in the world and this was the project of a lifetime. To have it recognised by some of the best architects and designers in the world was the icing on a fairly terrific cake.
Just a few statistics from Design et al: 86,923 verified votes counted and an average voter spent 53 minutes looking at all the shortlisted projects. The standard of the projects showcased was phenomenal and we feel very honoured to have come home with the trophy. As you can see from the images on the night – we were delighted.
‘Only connect’. The Fanø Summer House fuses architecture, interiors and environment. It is a place to decompress, to connect as a family and appreciate the bigger, more important picture.
The island of Fanø has always been a special place for the clients and their family: the Danish-born wife spent her summers as a child there, and in turn her family has owned a summer house there for over a decade. The family fell in love with the simple yet striking buildings that architect Knud Holscher had completed in the past. Having worked with Staffan Tollgård on their home and commercial premises in London, they invited him to join their design journey.
Born and raised in Stockholm, the idea of the summer house retreat is one that speaks strongly to Staffan’s own childhood and values:
“I take my own children back to our family’s summer house on the lake as often as I can. The connection with nature and the escape from city life act as a reset button for all of us. When designing the interiors of Fanø, I was determined to connect it as coherently to the landscape as possible: to create a retreat from city life that extended to the choice of every material and piece of furniture”.
The Scandinavian notion of the red thread is one that Staffan uses in every project as a shorthand to describe the creative design DNA. Pulling together clues from the architecture, from the cultural history, environment, from the client’s own personalities and the questions of living that need to be solved by the design, the red thread draws a protective framework around the project, linking architecture with interiors, client with design.
For this project the red thread was the visual and sensory connection with a uniquely Danish natural setting. This was expressed by fusing inside with outside as seamlessly as possible, using vernacular and true materials as simply as possible. Comfortable, functional minimalism was the goal so that the clients could enjoy every space to its fullest and detach from the buzz of city life left behind.
The summer house is a coherent, hard-working family house that has evolved from its setting and from the clients’ clear vision of how to embrace and enjoy this environment. It is a house that puts family life first – and as a design practice that specialises in designing for families this was our favourite aspect of the project.
The key ingredients of the house are deliberately low-maintenance: one of the decisions to use a natural-looking ceramic floor tile was based on this connection between inside and outside that had to be managed (in order to be enjoyed!). Lots of sand and water get tracked into the house by the kids as well as the family Portuguese water-dog. Decisions to use low maintenance, easygoing fabrics and bullet-proof floor tiles allow the family to genuinely relax together and use the spaces in an unpressurised way.
The layouts of the open-plan living room encourage people to sit down together, enjoy the view, play board games, cards or just chat. The TV is hidden for most of the time in a bespoke cabinet so it’s deliberately not the focal point of the room.
The two seating areas are anchored and connected by a double-sided modular sofa from Living Divani. Neutral, slubby linens are the base layer for the fabric design, accented by teal backed cushions from UK designer Eleanor Pritchard whose designs have a decidedly mid-century feel to them. The mirrored seating areas tell stories of two eras of Danish design history. On the one side, KBH’s sculptural armchairs are certainly a future design classic. On the other side near the fireplace, two Carl Hansen lounge chairs whisper their firmly established design pedigree.
It’s a room all about connection: strengthening family life through shared hobbies and easy-living spaces, delighting through a love of design: Danish and further afield, connecting with the seascape beyond and nature’s call to be at one with the world.
A perfect marriage of architecture and interiors
The design fully answers the client’s brief of creating a retreat that puts family life first through a strong connection with nature, and by designing in the opportunities for a family to connect with each other. There is a seemingly effortless connection between the interior and exterior architecture, and then between inside and outside. For so many of our projects we insert a contemporary interior into a 300-year-old building. Of course, the juxtaposition created by this has its merits. Here though, it was enormously satisfying to create the interiors in real time alongside a world-renowned architect crafting a modern dwelling entirely fit for purpose.
For Staffan it has been the project of a lifetime.
“I left Stockholm for the UK more than half my life ago and have worked on design projects in Asia, America, the Middle East and all over Europe.
Here is a family who have lived internationally for years but whose souls also long for home – the design journey into this shared heritage was all the more rewarding.
The hero of the piece
The house and its interiors were explicitly designed to reflect and lionise the exterior setting. It is the hero of the piece in a way that most of our projects are not allowed to be. A few, very carefully curated materials were selected so as to blend into the environment and make sure that attention is never deflected away from the view.
The external cladding of the private wing becomes the internal backdrop of the entertaining wing, the same material (oak) then used in an unstained format in the kitchen, bathroom cabinets and wardrobes. A large format, roughly textured neutral floor tile is used throughout the house on floors and in the bathroom walls, making the inter-connected spaces feel even larger. Large floor-toceiling windows frame curated views into the landscape, almost like still lives. Exposed brickwork on the chimney breast expresses the truth to materials so common in Scandinavian design. The natural world, or materials as close as possible to nature bring the outside in at every key junction and design decision.
KBH: key collaborators
An important design decision was made early on to work with Copenhagen-based atelier KBH on the bespoke kitchen, wardrobes and bathroom cabinets, ensuring an easy flow of materials through room to room. Hand-etched lava stone for the basin tops from Italian atelier Made a Mano introduces subtle geometric patterns, an example of how natural materials are elevated through craft and subtly layered to create interest.
The collaboration with KBH also resulted in some key functional sculptures that act as room dividers, furniture and social magnets and continue the expression of the red thread. The open plan living and dining spaces are gently zoned using a cabinet on stand that can be accessed from both sides: bar, TV cabinet as well as storage for games and hobbies. Continuing this multi-functional theme, the dining table effortlessly becomes a ping pong table – one of the family’s shared passions.
Famous last words …
Fanø is a place to decompress, to connect with nature, to put down cell phones and look out at the bigger, more important picture. To be with their children, to be more at peace and live a simpler life. These were the client’s hopes and dreams for their sand dune retreat. The amount of time they are drawn back to it, is testimony to its success and here at Tollgard Design Group we’re so very glad that it won the International design & architecture awards 2019: European Interiors Scheme.
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The Danish Summer House is a story about different people coming together to realise a client’s dream. Tollgard Design Group completed the project alongside renowned architect Knud Holscher on the island of Fanø located off Southwestern Denmark.
Elle Decoration Germany has featured our project in their latest issue.