Staffan Tollgård – Graduated 2004
In July 2009, as if to mark the fifth anniversary of his graduation from Inchbald, Staffan made it on to House & Garden’s 100 Leading Designers directory. In his entry House and Garden called him: “A thoughtful designer, whose work is characterised by acres of bespoke storage space, a love of texture – and sometimes colour – and a boldness of scale.”
Brought up in Stockholm, Staffan worked as a film producer in the UK before enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Interior Design. He worked for designer Rabih Hage before starting his own company early in 2005. The name, Staffan Tollgård Design Group, reflects the collaborative and cooperative spirit of this primarily Inchbald alumni practice. Based in Notting Hill, the group works closely on a wide range of projects, offering a bespoke interior design service to an exclusive international clientele. “Every client has a unique story. We use the language of design to tell it”. The group has completed over 75 high-end residential projects, each an innovative, creative solution to a client’s brief, each different in scale and style.
Recent projects include several domestic renovation projects in central London and the refurbishment of a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts country house. Staffan’s showroom/home was featured in the June ’09 edition of Living Etc and in the Homes and Property section of the Evening Standard. Other press includes articles in IDfx, Scan magazine, the Designer and Homes & Gardens.
In the Summer of 2008 Staffan launched another company, Red Thread, with Inchbald graduate Richard Newling-Ward. Red Thread’s focus is on commercial projects. They are currently working on a London hotel and Fremantle Media’s entertainment suites.