Tastemakers: Staffan Tollgard, designer
Swedish-born Staffan Tollgard, 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.