Staffan & Monique Tollgård
Born out of a shared passion for design, the Design Group is run and managed by Inchbald-educated, husband-and-wife team, Staffan and Monique Tollgård. A background in feature film and documentary production characterises their work: a commitment to the power of story-telling, to the narrative that their clients bring, to the history of the buildings in which they work and the shared stories of the design objects they curate in each interior.
As Creative Director, Staffan has crystallised his design ethos into two principles: the search for the Scandinavian notion of the distinctive ‘Red Thread’ or creative DNA in each project, and the commitment to the creation of ‘functional sculpture’. These twin philosophies have culminated in the creation of a home for the best of contemporary design curated from around the world in their London-based Design Store and a new arm to the business as Staffan focuses on product design for leading international brands.
Monique leads the interior design arm of the company together with Inchbald-trained Keisha Hulsey and Kirsty Grosz. Comprising three teams of architectural interior designers, technicians and support staff, the Design Group works on a variety of projects for private and developer clients, from large-scale new builds, listed refurbishments to decorative projects around the world.
Head of Interior Design
Keisha specialises in high-end residential projects. Previous experience in project management and consulting on an international platform has provided her with a deep appreciation for the way that diverse cultures solve their various design challenges and has inspired her to create spaces that are both sensitive to their local context and inclusive of an inviting multi-layered aesthetic. Her clients are appreciative of her easy going grace, strong work ethic and problem-solving abilities.
Kirsty specialises in residential design projects, but also has experience of the commercial design sector. Growing up in New Zealand has emphasised the importance of light and connection with the local setting in her design philosophy. In addition to thinking about how design can be used to improve the quality of our living spaces in terms of function, Kirsty is interested how aesthetics and comfort can elevate our sense of well-being. Her attention to detail and professionalism have made her an extremely valued member of STDG.
Director of Brands and Contract
Max has an exceptional pedigree in contract sales, having worked for several years for Habitat and Conran over the course of his career. The cornerstone of his ethos has always been to provide a personal, thoughtful service that allows designers to maximise their creative potential and best serve their clients. He brings a wealth of commercial and international experience to Staffan Tollgard and is delighted to be spearheading their brands and contracts division.
Erik trained at the Inchbald School of Design and since then has worked in high-end retail environments. His design education gives him an in-depth insight into the spaces his clients are trying to create, not simply the products they might need to source. He brings a friendly, easy-going and infectious manner to his dealings with clients and colleagues alike and is committed to impeccable customer service. Please email Erik with any trade or retail furniture enquiries.
Howard is AAT qualified & has worked in Accountancy for over 25 years both in Accountancy Practice & in Industry. His background is varied. He has worked for a large American company that explores natural gas as well as at Merrill Lynch in London. Howard is responsible for the smooth running of the accounts department at Staffan Tollgard, having been with the company since 2007 he is more than familiar with the needs of a successful Interior Design business.
Veronica is a dedicated studio manager with a keen interest in interiors, design and art. She has a Master’s degree in International Studies and Politics but has decided to pursue a career in the design industry and progress with her experience in marketing and sales. Being a new addition to the STDG team, the Design Studio is already all the better for Veronica’s friendliness and willingness to help clients and colleagues alike.
Karen works on both residential and commercial projects. Further to her education in interior design she has trained and worked as a lighting designer on high profile commercial projects and adds another layer of expertise to the Group’s in-house skillset. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe and considers the use of natural light to be essential for any design project.
With a BA in interior design at the Kent School of Architecture and an MA from Goldsmiths, Emi works on a range of residential interior design projects. She marries great determination and passion for design with the conceptual skills to create compelling visual representations. Now being involved in larger projects, she enjoys exploring more aspects of design and technical detailing.
Sharon gained a BA in architecture at the Kent School of Architecture. Through her experience working in the high-end residential industry she has found that her passion is truly for interior architecture and design. Being sensitive to a client’s needs, she looks to ensure that she creates a space that works as well as it looks. She believes that the key to good design lies within the consideration for spatial quality which in turn dictates how a space is perceived. “The details are not the details – they make the design.”
Daria is highly motivated interior designer with a proven ability to deliver outstanding work, meeting a variety of specific briefs. Previously a corporate solicitor, Daria changed her career path to embrace her passion for design, and gained a Diploma in Interior Design at KLC School of Design in London. She brings the exacting discipline and rigorous standards from her former career to creating highly functional spaces that are elegant and timeless. Her passion for detail and commitment to interpreting each client’s style to achieve their aspirations results in interiors that are stylish and unique.
Penelope specialises in FF&E design, project management and client relationships for our high-end residential projects. With a background in finance and consultancy she brings a practical approach and strong business acumen. Clients particularly appreciate her eye for art and ability to source further afield for the perfect piece, underpinning an elegant and cultured aesthetic. Her ability to handle international procurement for multiple projects have made her a valued member of the company.
With a BA in Industrial Design from Venice, Andrea is a passionate young designer. He believes that at the beginning of a project there’s always a story, a scenario which brings new inspirations and ideas. The skills he has developed at university and the experience he has gained within the workplace have given him the opportunity to combine the qualities of both Industrial and Interior Design. Passion and positivity are his strengths and this is reflected within the work that Andrea creates.
Olga graduated with a BA in Architecture from Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania. Having worked in Shanghai for a Sino-French boutique architecture firm, Olga moved to London to concentrate on combining her architecture skills with interior design. She is an adept of the minimalist style which blends function with aesthetics to provide a clean, modern and organic setting to any space.
Tom gained a BA in Interior Architecture at UWIC. Since then he has worked on projects around the world gaining experience in a diverse range of positions. From working as a tradesman on site to project managing high end residential developments in central London, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and a fastidious eye for technical detailing.
Amrit is a proficient and reliable designer with a growing range of experience in the high end residential sector. Her BA in Interior Design has given her the platform to further progress her diverse skill set. She has a positive attitude and a keen eye for detail, and this, matched with her determined mindset make her a great addition to the team.
Design and Sales Consultant
With a BA in Design and Craft, Anika has a deep understanding of the construction of furniture, materials and finishes. Her underlying passion lies within interior design and she strongly believes that designing interiors must result in truly functional spaces. Her easy-going personality and strong work ethic are a winning combination.