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.
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.
Country & Townhouse: The Top 50 Interior Designers
Country & Townhouse have recently published a list of the top 50 interior designers to follow & I’m happy to announce that we at Tollgard Design Group have placed in that top 50.
Husband and wife interior designers Monique and Staffan Tollgård admit to being staunchly functionalist when making design decisions.
‘We ensure that our clients’ homes are fit for purpose; using every square inch we can carveout,’ says Monique, head of the design studio. ‘
We believe in longevity of materials, the joy of colour and the importance of drawing the outside world in.’
Their diverse current projects include a heritage apartment in Copenhagen; the headquarters for a fast-growing tech company in London and a villa in Jordan. Yet Monique’s seminal experience was working on a Grade II-listed building just off the King’s Road. ‘It was a crooked house with a perfectionist owner who wanted to square every inexact corner.
Over the course of two years it taught me everything I needed to know about the workings of a period property; how to squeeze every modern convenience under the skin of a traditional home without losing its charm.’
Country & Town House launched in 2007 as the only monthly luxury magazine to target the increasing number of affluent ‘double lifers’ who enjoy the very best of country and city living. Celebrating the best of British living & luxury; it covers the finest houses, interiors, arts & events, food & travel, fashion & style, as well as relevant features and interviews.
TOLLGARD DESIGN GROUP TAKES THE LEAD ON CECCOTTI COLLEZIONI AT THE DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR
Following a long-standing mutual admiration; Ceccotti Collezioni & Tollgard Design Group have joined forces to refurbish & reopen Ceccotti’s showroom at London’s prestigious Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Founder Staffan Tollgård has been a long-time fan of Ceccotti’s commitment to craftmanship & sustainability; consequentially he jumped at the chance to partner with the renowned atelier. The wood used for Ceccotti products comes from plantations strictly controlled in accordance with the life cycle of trees thereby supporting the necessary recycling & reforestation. The timbers contain no formaldehyde. The brand is committed to recycling wood waste recovered after processing the raw material to produce heat & reduce energy costs. Ceccotti works solely with suppliers that have obtained environmental certification such as membership of the SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
Peter Phan is manager of the company’s Chelsea Harbour showroom.
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.
Background information on CECCOTTI COLLEZIONI:
The Ceccotti Collezioni story heralds from Ceccotti Avier, a company founded in 1956; specialising in the production and supply of quality residential and commercial furniture to leading hotels chains; such as the Sheraton Group. Based in a small Italian town called Cascina; nestled between Florence and Pisa; designers and skilled craftsmen were drawn from the local ‘School of Art’, and an artisanal culture in furniture making and wood processing grew.
Ceccotti Collezioni has shown the character & quality of a company that has never deviated from its vocation to luxury craftsmanship. Subsequently; it has been able to translate its vision into new products with a contemporary interpretation.
Franco Ceccotti alongside architect Roberto Lazzeroni collaborated on design. As a result they developed a critically acclaimed collection known as ‘Dedos Tenidos’; which experimented with new shapes & materials & was influenced by the eclectic & surrealistic world of Gaudi, Mollino, & Scandinavian designs of the 1950’s.
Ceccotti Collezioni is unique; being recognised all over the world in the field of interior design for their ability to create ‘products of the author’. Original in their constructive complexity and designed without ostentation ; without aesthetic frivolity and ultimately with the scope of reconnecting objects to a tradition and to a history.
We are also pleased to have been able to feature artwork by Tobit Roche as above!
Visit the Ceccotti Collezioni showroom at Chelsea Harbour click here