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
Bold pieces of art are the vital component that make this apartment so stimulating, ranging from the wire Andrea sculpture by Randy Cooper, bought in Paris, to the three-metre tall Fifties poster for the Daily News that hangs next to the dining room. “We found that in New York, and it came in three separate sections. We love it because they are kissing,” says Monique. At the end of the hall – which the Tollgårds call “the gallery” – is the kitchen. Here, a limited-edition poster from Ikea in vibrant comic-book hues hangs above the sofa.
Originally, the kitchen was the least family-friendly room, with too many fixed features. “It was like an obstacle course,” says Monique. Now it is a combination of dark wood cupboards teamed with a run of dark-green gloss units and a sensuously curved island unit – deliberately child-friendly – topped with stainless steel. It is cosy, yet chic. “I was brought up to believe that children should eat in the kitchen, and I have the same rule with Leo,” says Monique. “Nonetheless, we still have fun in here – if we’re going to paint, we put on our smocks and we go for it.”
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