Design Centre Stories

Designer Loves: Staffan Tollgard

As part of its First Look initiative, and as a preview to London Design Week 2021, the Design Centre asked top designers to choose their favourite products from this season’s new collections. Staffan Tollgård makes his selection below, and reveals which colour he returns to time and again.

Is there a particular piece out of the products you’ve chosen that you can’t wait to put in a scheme? How do you envision using it?
I am so excited to use Overgaard & Dyrman’s ‘Circle’ chair. It is designed and handmade by two very talented Danes and I see it as the perfect functional sculpture, being used as an occasional chair in an entrance, by a dressing table or in front of a desk. Overgaard & Dyrman are the epitome of a designer/makers and their work is a great example of the class of future heirlooms that I’m curating at Tollgård’s showrooms.

Did you discover anything on the First Look colour wheel that surprised you?
Having not been able to walk around the showrooms [during lockdown] I think I just forgot just how much is on offer at the Design Centre. The breadth of products under one roof really is staggering.

Is there a colour you are consistently drawn to in your work?
We have long joked about “Tollgård teal” as it is a colour we often come back to. In a city environment where blues or greens often feel a bit out of place, teal really works and can be a fun yet also refined alternative.

What timeless colour should we all be embracing this year?
I love the warmth of a rusty red or a mustard yellow.

See these products in person at London Design Week 2021 (16 – 21 May): register here

Arte, Second Floor, Design Centre East
Collier Webb, Second Floor, South Dome
Colony, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Gallotti&Radice, Second Floor, Centre Dome
Jennifer Manners Design, First Floor, Centre Dome
Tollgård, First Floor, Centre Dome

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