Iconic designs from Michael Young arrive at Grosvenor Waterside

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We’re excited about some great new pieces at the Store that have just arrived. From Hong Kong we’re celebrating the landing of some more pieces from iconic British designer Michael Young and his brand, EOQ. We’re already familiar with his work via the sleek, industrial detailing of the ‘Bramah’ lights, but are delighted to now also be showcasing his new ‘Joseph’ pendants, sconces and table lights.

Based on the same concept of unearthing beauty through the innovative use of materials and technologies, these are a seriously-beautiful, solid and well-considered range of lights. Already proving popular with the architectural community, these have a scale and warmth that also allow them to sit perfectly within a residential setting. As the collection has grown in size, so the pieces themselves have also grown in ambition and stature.

The Orsted Desk has used the same extrusion technology seen with the Bramah lights to create a sleek pale gold, leather and walnut affair with pre-cut holes for cabling and the option of sliding walnut boxes to hold desktop paraphenalia; whilst the Bayer Shelves combine forged links in gold, silver or powder coated aluminium, with shelving of smoked oak, walnut or even driftwood, set in dramatic opposition to them. An endlessly-configurable unit that we see working in a luxurious residential setting, or equally well as a room divider in a high-end restaurant, these pieces illustrate EOQ’s growth of into a brand of real distinction.

New EOQ in showroom

Stellar Works has landed!

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We are thrilled to be the first people in the UK to be able to showcase pieces from Stellar Works, one of our new favourite brands. A truly international collection from some of the world’s most exacting contemporary designers (Neri&Hu, Space Copenhagen and Yabu Pushelberg amongst others), and re-issues from some of the world’s design greats (Borge Mogensen, Carlo Forcolini and Vilhelm Wohlert), it’s a wide, but beautifully-curated selection of pieces, perfect for both high-end residential or exclusive contract projects.

With key pieces having already appeared in a number of beautiful private homes, as well as exclusive international projects –including Noma Restaurant in Denmark, a Conran restaurant in the UK and a boutique hotel in Sydney – we just know they’re destined for great things.

Come see them in our new store and see why we’re getting so excited!

Stellar Works Stellar Works in Grosvenor Waterside store

The Nest Chair and Belle Lamps in the Telegraph & London Evening Standard

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We have received great coverage in both the Telegraph and London Evening Standard of our new store in Grosvenor Waterside and some of our exciting products. The London Evening Standard’s Design Spy column (18th september 2013) featured Staffan Tollgård’s Belle Lamp, hanging from a metal rope in our beautiful reception at the store. The Nest Chair from Turkish brand Autoban was featured in the Telegraph and is one of our personal favorites.

Autoban furniture

A big thank you from the Staffan Tollgard team!

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A big thank you from the Staffan Tollgard team!

We can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since we opened the doors to the Design Store for the very first time, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better evening thanks to all of the wonderful London folk who came to celebrate with us. The store received such a warm welcome from designers and media guests alike – the fabulous turnout certainly made all of the hard work and late nights worth it! It was tremendous to hear the very positive feedback, and to know that our vision for the store really resonated with our guests. We were so flattered to hear that our guests particularly enjoyed the collection of lighting, the beautiful pieces in store certainly did their job of impressing. But of course their beauty is best seen to be believed, so do stop by the store when you’re in the neighborhood. The team would love to show you around!


Today is the Day!

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Staffan Tollgard Design GroupIt’s an understatement to say that we are extremely excited about the upcoming launch of the Staffan Tollgard Design Store. With the grand opening today, the fit out has been completed and we’re so proud of how the store is looking so far. The space has come together exactly as we had envisioned and we know that all our visitors will really appreciate the calmness of the space. As you can see from the pic below the store is filled with light and has extremely high ceilings and a beautiful concrete floor. Needless to say we’ll be working tirelessly on the finishing touches today and moving in and placing all of the collections. We can’t wait to welcome the first of our visitors!

Q&A with Staffan Tollgård

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How did you get started in the interior design industry?

Looking back at my childhood I can clearly see that interior design was my true calling. It just took me twenty years to realise it. As an 11 year old I decorated my own room and guided my parents in their choice of furniture for the rest of the house. Function and aesthetics were important to me from a very early age. I started studying engineering at university but soon realised that I needed to pursue a creative career. I left and went to film school in the UK and went on to develop and produce films for a few years.  After meeting my wife, Monique, we moved into our own house that took a year to renovate.  I enjoyed the process so much that I took a year out of film-making and enrolled at Inchbald.  The one year diploma in Architectural Interior Design changed the course of my life – and my family’s – from that point.  After graduating I went to work with Rabih Hage, and then started my own design firm shortly afterwards.  That was nearly nine years ago.  Read more on “Q&A with Staffan Tollgård” »

The Design Store is shaping up

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On Thursday the Design Group went to Grosvenor Waterside for a tour of the Design Store, our new home from September.  A few weeks have made a huge difference.  The reclaimed barn-wood cladding from Altholz is now up on the mezzanine and the columns; most of the Flos Soft Architecture light fittings have gone in and the ceilings are finished and painted.  On Friday next week the concrete will be polished … just two weeks to go before the fit-out finishes.
Design Store - August
Design Store - August
Design Store - August

Jude Cassidy is weaving our Design Store fabrics

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We received these pictures from Jude Cassidy this week showing our bespoke fabrics being made in her studio.  These fabrics are hand-made in Belfast on a 150 year old dobby loom.   We can’t wait to see the finished products when we open on the 12th September.
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Staffan Tollgård on Decorex Panel – 25 September 2013

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Staffan is delighted to be part of the Decorex Seminar Programme this year. He joins a panel that includes Dan Hopwood and Anthony Bevacqua, Design Director at Janine Stone, to offer ‘Tips for interior designers wishing to work internationally’. Look out for him on the 25th September at 12.15 at Decorex’s new location at Perks Field & The Orangery, Kensington Palace.
Decorex Panel Lecture

Staffan Tollgard Design Store takes shape

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For the last twelve months we have been quietly designing our own home … the Staffan Tollgard Design Store.  Now the fit out has begun and by week three the mezzanine has been built and today the concrete floor was poured.  Our design story is literally being set in stone.  The doors will open in September.

Week 2 of the showroom build

It took us a long time to find the perfect location for our move into retail but we think Grosvenor Waterside is a great fit.  Situated in the very central Belgravia /Pimlico/ Chelsea / Victoria nexus and just around the corner from the great and the good of British design (David Linley, Joanna Wood, Luke Irwin and Nicky Haslam are a few of our very impressive neighbours), Grosvenor Waterside gives us a view of the water and over 3000 square feet of retail space.   What we love about the flagship space is its volume: six metre ceilings and 20 metres of floor to ceiling windows offer an amazing backdrop for the very carefully curated items of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics and accessories we have selected from nearly ten years of working in the design industry.

We are passionate about the brands we will represent at the store.  An alphabetized high-lights is a roll-call of great contemporary design: 1882, Alternative, Armani/Roca, Autoban, Baobab, Bemboka, Bocci, Cattelan Italia, Ceccotti Collezioni, Chilewich, Contardi, Driade, Eggersmann,Emmemobili, EOQ, Flexform, Flos, Jude Cassidy, Kasthall, Kymo, Laufen, LEMA, Linteloo, Meridiani, Mood, Neri & Hu, Porada, Porro, Stellarworks, The Rug Company, Verden Linteloo and When Objects Work … these are the very best of the best and we are extremely proud to showcase their work.

The mezzanine space also houses our design teams so that we are able to offer retail and trade clients a comprehensive interior design service.   We are really looking forward to opening our doors and bringing our brand of bold, contemporary design to a brand new neighbourhood.  Please come and visit.

Images of Belgravia residence

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Richard Gooding completes another great photoshoot with us in Belgravia where the residents’ collection of Nigerian art belonging to the owner of Art House NG offers a rich and unexpected tableaux in this period setting.  The added layer of interest is the architectural modernising of the traditional Georgian townhouse.

Art and sculpture, owner’s collection (left); Detail of Luke Irwin rug (right)

Dramatic backdrop for dining table by Reflex and dining chairs by Tom Faulkner

Notting Hill Residence

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Thank you so much to photographer Richard Gooding for this fantastic photoshoot of a recently completed refurbisment.   The short days this month meant a greater challenge than usual, but the shoot definitely captures the unique blend of quirky elegance of this Notting Hill residence.

Some of our favourite shots include:

This still life of the beautifully made kitchen by Holloways of Ludlow.

Detail of the Paul Evans dining table and B&B Italia dining chair


Staffan comments on the future of furniture design

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Ahead of the International Design and Architecture Awards Staffan took some time to talk about his thoughts on design, trends and the red thread…

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