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.
We are delighted to announce that international interior designers Tollgard Design Group are the very proud recipients of a SILVER MEDAL at the coveted WIN awards!
The WAN Awards (powered by World
Architecture News) and the WIN Awards (powered by World Interiors
News) have been shining a spotlight on the very best architecture and
interior design from across the globe for more than 10 years.
This year’s Awards culminated with a spectacular event at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch this October, showcasing the shortlists for both the WAN Awards and the WIN Awards and providing an amazing opportunity to delve deeper into the stories behind some of the projects on display.
Says international interior designer Staffan, “The standard of competition was, quite frankly, humbling. We were delighted to be presented with this WIN award and would like to thank our incredible clients for their faith in us, as well as the creative genius of Knud Holscher for the design journey of a lifetime.”
Another key partner in the creative collaboration were cabinet makers KBH. Staffan and his London-based design team relished the opportunity to work with the Danish craftsmen and bring truly local expertise to the project, drawing a red thread through functional sculpture, joinery, kitchen and furniture. Using solid and veneered oak
Read what WIN had to say about the event here and view the project in our online portfolio.
We’ll be showcasing some of our favourite brands including Man of Parts, Ceccotti, &Bespoke, Giorgetti, Meridiani, Tala, Lassvit, Indigenus, Utopia & Utility, exhibiting works by artist Edward Lentsch and featuring finishes by Phillip Jeffries and Calfe Crimmings.
Come and see some of the latest offerings from brands you know, and discover some you may not.
Hosted by the delightful team from the Tollgard Showroom you will always get a warm welcome (and probably a glass of fizz if you ask nicely!) We would be delighted to see you at the Harbour to help us make the most of this beautiful showroom for the time we have it.
Man of Parts: Man of Parts is a brand free to explore, question, and evolve. No longer constrained by borders, styles, or roles, they seek out a diversity of perspectives. A postnational brand with design that reflects the world, enabling it to flow between the varied contexts you create with ease. We’re open-minded by design. A natural ability to compose both harmonious design & relationships has attracted some of the world’s leading designers to collaborate with founder Stephan Weishaupt; embodying a Man of Parts himself, Stephan travels the world in search of unique perspectives for North American retail destination Avenue Road. In curating designs from around the world, he is inspired to bring together global influences under one unified collection. With it, he aims to reflect the lives of globally-minded people.
Ceccotti: Founded in 1956, specializing in the production of residential furniture and in supplying hotels. The company has collaborated with some of the most prestigious hotel groups in the world, Trusthouse Forte from London, Sheraton and Ciga, giving an international application to the traditional artisan workmanship of the Tuscan town of Cascina, where the company is based.
Experimenting with new shapes and materials, influenced by the eclectic and surrealistic world of Gaudi, Mollino and Scandinavian designs of the 1950’s, Ceccotti Collezioni developed objects of organic sinuosity, andromorphic shapes, where soft curves connected with slipping profiles.
Ceccotti Collezioni is unique and recognized all over the world in the field of interior design for the ability to create ‘products of the author’, unique in their originality and constructive complexity, design without ostentation of industrial geometries but also without aesthetic frivolity, with the scope of reconnecting objects to a tradition and to a history.
&Bespoke: &Bespoke work from their creative studio and showroom in Hampshire, they work with the finest craftsmen and producers to create beautiful furniture, lighting and design, tailor-made for your needs.
&Bespoke have the ability to produce unique designs, complemented by their own collections and will take you on a creative journey through the design and production process.
Established by highly experienced furniture designers and life-long friends, Steven Owens and Roger Bannister, they deliver tailor-made interior products, furniture and projects of the very highest calibre.
“Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do, our aim is to create beautiful things together.”
Giorgetti: Giorgetti is a company with a tradition of more than one hundred years and an international flavour. Giorgetti collections arise from the craft tradition and the industriousness of territory: unique furniture, the high quality of workmanship and the selection of materials. The elements of furniture that range from the purely classical style to the modern style, enhanced with the latest collections.
The true leitmotif of collection is wood, the expensive element of the company, was formed and worked in innovative ways without ever departing from the fine traditional cabinetmaker. The wood has been enhanced by the inserts in other materials over the years: leather, metal, glass and textile, which are natural and precious, in many textures and colours. The elements are then processed and combined with taste, elegance and attention to the details in order to ensure the customers a timeless product that goes beyond fashion.
Meridiani: Meridiani was born in 1996 from a simple yet passionate idea: Timeless collections, elegant & without frills, essential but still vivacious, modern but with no compromises with temporary trends. A distinguished style, an inspiring new classic that leaves space for personal interpretation. Furnishings for the living room, the bedroom, the dining area, the library and the outdoor: meticulous signs, precise proportions, essential volumes. Indoor and outdoor collections recall each other also in the details, the precious materials and in the crafts. It’s about the need to feel that the indoor space becomes one with the outdoor one and that elegance, continuity and a thread bind them forever in time. A home collection characterized by a recognizable lifestyle, timeless yet always up to date, able to keep an eye open for trends but with deep roots in the past.
Indigenus: Indigenus design & manufacture beautiful, durable architectural planters developed to uplift and enhance residential, hospitality & corporate environments. Their original and unique contemporary designs are generated in collaboration with leading designers, architects & artists who have a deep appreciation of the scenic quality of creative planting. The designers understand the impact great sculptural planters can have in an architectural site or landscape. With a shared vision, and under the guidance of founder, Peter van der Post, the Indigenus designers set out to create remarkable and appealing designs that allow for a deeper human connection with nature while acting as magnificent art pieces in their own right.
Utopia & Utility: Combining function & fantasy! Their motivation is to enrich life through beauty; believing that everything that deserves to be made; deserves to be made well. They do so in combining traditional materials in innovative ways. Craftsmanship is at the heart of each object!
Edward Lentsch: Edward’s expansive artistic practice explores his relationship between the self, nature and the universe. From the Fibonacci sequence to the teachings of Aristotle, Lentsch attempts to create a bridge between the natural world and these intellectual canons, exploring the interconnection between the realms of science and mysticism, the metaphysical and the spiritual. He explores how these three facets are integrated within a global environment and moreover how we, as humans, fit within this complex matrix of thought using the ideas of some of the world’s greatest writers and scholars. Lentsch works across a variety of media to create an ‘energy of intention’, in which textures, compositions and colours (or their absence) are combined. At first glance, his abstract canvases bring to mind the earthen tones of Kiefer, or the scratched surfaces of Tàpies. Lentsch, however, draws from a broader art historical canon, and painting becomes an extension of the life force around him, a transformative experience through which he can mediate a pure experiential moment. Flowing from a nonverbal intuitive state of creative expression, Lentsch bridges a complex visual language in which colours and textures are lifted from the natural world. On canvas, they are refracted and tessellated, at times put through the process of entropy, which allows for them to be transformed and transmuted.
Phillip Jeffries: A family business, that has now emerged as one of the leaders in wallcoverings. Based in New Jersey USA, they stock approximately 1MIl yards of wallcovering. Their goal; to make it easy to bring beautiful design to interiors turning houses into dream homes. Elevating commerical spaces into luxury experiences. They aim to make the design process easy and inspiring.
Calfe Crimmings: Calfe Crimmings is a dedicated and responsive team of craftspeople integrating specialist finishes into your design projects. They provide exceptional trowel applied designs to a variety of sectors, whilst placing colour matching as a central theme to their philosophy.
GIOPAGANI: Introducing its first foray into interior
lighting and presents ILLOGICA ALLEGRIA, a capsule collection with a more
contemporary inspiration that confirms the eclectic style and transversal
approach, between shapes and function, of the brand.
ILLOGICA ALLEGRIA lights are both in
Murano glass and metal. The hand- blown glass diffusers, ranging from deep amber
to aquamarine and a nuanced white that shades to transparent, are paired with
metals that reprise three of the colours collection: brass, copper and black
RENDEZ-VOUS Dining Table is part of CHAT NOIR Capsule Collection. This product is composed of metal feet and glass, marble or mirror top. The table is available with the foot in the metal finishes of the collection, the top in back-painted glass, mirror and all the marbles available.
SKRAM: Skram are an anachronism but reject the idea of obsolescence, the idea that the life of an object is limited either by aesthetics or structural resilience. Skram are instead committed to a deeper interpretation of sustainability, one that emphasizes minimalism over excess.
Their products are a distillation of the essential. They are a spare negotiation of beauty, utility and durability. Which is then expressed through a graceful coalescence of form, line, proportion and materiality. Their philosophy is to seek perfect imperfection. By striving for the highest level of craftsmanship while embracing the subtle imperfections that imbue an object with character, particularly with regards to timber.
They are based in the Piedmont region of North Carolina since 2001, their hope is that by creating pieces of such enduring value, they can encourage others to examine their choices about the objects with which they surround themselves and choose quality and durability over trends of fashion and disposability.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you soon at the Tollgard Pop-Up at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.
‘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: the Danish-born wife spent her summers as a child there, and her family has owned a summer house there for over a decade. The family had fallen in love with renowned architect Knud Holscher’s simple yet striking buildings, and, having worked with Staffan Tollgård on their home and commercial premises, 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. “We visit our summer house as often as we can. 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”.
Batman’s Penthouse: City Space – London Award:
‘Let me entertain you … ‘ Two apartments in the treeline of a famous Knightsbridge garden square have been exuberantly integrated to create a penthouse fit for a dark knight.
Our brief was to wow. In a cool, non-ostentatious but decidedly show-stopping way. Our client tasked us with the integration of two existing apartments set in the 3rd and 4th floors of one of London’s most prestigious garden squares. Working closely with Peek Architecture + Design we carved out a new penthouse comprising 5 ensuite bedrooms, reception & dining rooms, chef’s kitchen, media room and two technology-fuelled terraces that look towards London’s cityscape. The final result reflects the vision of an exceptional client willing to trust his design team to push creative boundaries, to test new materials, to go beyond the expected and satisfactory. The design works so well because it expresses that more can indeed be more if the quality of thought and execution are rigorous and painstaking.
The Interior Design ‘Design et Al’ EuropeAward: Fanø Summerhouse
‘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.
The London City Space ‘Design et Al’ Award: Batman’s Penthouse
Two apartments in the treeline of a famous Knightsbridge garden square have been exuberantly integrated to create a penthouse fit for a dark knight.
Our brief was to wow. In a cool, non-ostentatious but decidedly show-stopping way. Our client tasked us with the integration of two existing apartments set in the 3rd and 4th floors of one of London’s most prestigious garden squares. Working closely with Peek Architecture + Design we carved out a new penthouse comprising 5 ensuite bedrooms, reception & dining rooms, chef’s kitchen, media room and two technology-fuelled terraces that look towards London’s cityscape.
‘Let me entertain you …’ demanded Robbie Williams. He might have had our penthouse in mind. The directive to entertain was never far from our minds when we started to pull together the red thread for this apartment that was designed to host a thousand parties and to display prized collections of wine, art and contemporary design icons.
A glass elevator rises through the apartment straight into the penthouse. The floors are divided into one floor that sleeps, and one that, like Las Vegas, never will. The architectural revelation was the exposure and integration of the building’s vaulted ceilings in the roof into the twin reception and dining rooms. Speared by a five-metre tall bronze-clad fireplace column, the reception and dining rooms are an entertaining Eden.
Bespoke wine fridges from Belgian specialists Degré 12 offer storage space for hundreds of bottles, temperature controlled to show off the finest wine collection in perfect cellar-like conditions. A mirrored bar connects the two sets of windows overlooking the garden square, effortlessly concealing fridge, freezer and wine cooler. The deep raw granite edge is a beautiful detail from Eggersmann’s stonemasons.
Contemporary geometric parquet flooring is inspired by the incredible angles of the roof construction that is one of the apartment’s design highlights. The connection of the angles is a metaphor for the connections forged between client, architecture and interior design: a creative zing only possible when inspiration and dedication perfectly combine.
With AC throughout and sophisticated home automation provided by market leaders NV Integration, this apartment not only lives beautifully, it does so at the forefront of 21st Century technology. As would befit the owner of a Bat Cave …
Superhuman attention to detail
The uncompromising attention to detail that has gone into the design and the execution of the finishes is one of the most satisfying aspects of the project. Two geometric elements run through the property. The first reflects the angles revealed in the vaulted ceilings. These were translated in the fractured parquet design of the reception rooms and also in the master bedroom headboard and the entrance hall joinery. The same pattern repeated in different materials to highlight the energy forged by connections.
From these angles we drew out a more regular horizontal line, starting from the master bedroom headboard. Where these angles met the leather panels, we created datums that worked through the dark wooden doors and the bronzed metal panels on the floor above. It’s a geeky favourite aspect, but then, the devil is in the detail.
We also love the totally unstructured beauty of the hanging Apparatus lamps that drape from the angles of the vaulted ceiling in the reception and dining room. Like glass ballerinas they have poise, grace and organic energy.
A labour of love
The design journey has been a labour of love for a number of talented architects, designers, specialists, workers and artisans. The final result reflects the vision of an exceptional client willing to trust his design team to fulfil the potential of the space through a coherent creative vision. The interpretation of the design brief and the clues of the architecture have allowed the architect and design team to push creative boundaries, to test new materials, to go beyond the expected and satisfactory. The design works so well because it expresses that more can indeed be more, if the quality of thought and execution are rigorous and painstaking.
The best of London
This part of London puts its best foot forward. The original Queen Anne architecture doesn’t shy from decorative detail and craftsmanship. The luxurious materials and innovative design ethos stay true to this approach, using finishes and craftsmanship to tell a story of 21st century patronage. The new layouts make the most of the natural light and connection with the sky and views over London. The glass staircase designed by Peek opens up the heart of the apartment, creating interior and vertical views. This is an apartment from which to enjoy the very best of what London has to offer.
The superpowers of master craftsmen
Nearly every element of this project reflects the work of an artisan or specialist. SB Joinery were responsible for the specialist joinery and doors in the project, ensuring that the vertical lines that run through the project were maintained in every element and adding specially designed panels from De Castelli and ironmongery into the reception room doors.
Bigelli Marmi templated and cut the stone for the project in Italy. Calfe Crimmings applied the hand trowelled finishes on the open staircase and in the reception rooms. De Castelli were responsible for the bronze cladding on the chimney column and ensuring that the enormous sliding panel by NV Integration for the TV worked seamlessly. Alphenberg from Holland flew in to apply the leather panels (that were the same size and layout as the bronze panels on the floor above) to the master bedroom.
Eggersmann Design London worked with Belgian wine cellar specialist Degré 12 to customise their wine fridges for the project, adding antiqued glass to the design that also houses and conceals the AC for the rooms. They also specially integrated the Gaggenau gas hob into the stainless-steel island.
In the master bathroom, Corian experts Solidity made the bespoke bath flow seamlessly into the steam shower enclosure.
An apartment that lives life in technicolour
The brief was to wow. The first impressions of the double height vaulted ceilings in the reception room, the bronze-clad chimney breast and the stunning light fixtures tick this box. Yet the apartment also had to work. A chef’s kitchen, masses of storage, AC throughout, considered layouts, a large laundry, space for a housekeeper and nanny to live alongside with their own personal space … these considerations make this more than a penthouse built to entertain. This apartment has been designed for the best of the times and the everyday times too. It just makes the everyday so much more fun. Just don’t tell Batman.