When Staffan and Monique Tollgård designed their vibrant modern flat in the heart of London, they also wanted to give little Leo freedom to roam
It’s plain to see that they are interior designers with a flair for colour, line and art. Originally from Sweden (Staffan) and South Africa (Monique), the couple met in their previous careers in the film industry – Monique was an actress; Staffan was a first assistant film director. Staffan chose a new career direction and trained in interior design, then, after Monique became pregnant, she left her job with a television documentary company to study interior decoration at the Inchbald School of Design.
In 2005, Staffan set up his own interior design company, Staffan Tollgård Design Group. He also masterminded the day-to-day planning of the redesign. The couple both share a love of clean spaces and bright accents of colour, and Staffan likes to develop projects with what he terms a “red thread” – strong visual cues that draw everything together. But did Monique mind playing second fiddle to Staffan’s design vision here at home? “No, because the space is wonderful,” she says, pointing out that the furnishings are distinctive and colourful, right down to a different upholstery fabric for each dining chair. “One is squeaky, another is furry – this is a child’s paradise,” she says. “I would happily have used furniture from our old house, but Staffan started again. The proportions are huge here, so many pieces were bought specifically for the space.”
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