Lighting up time …

It’s nearly time for that annual ritual in the UK, and some countries around the world, of ‘changing the clocks’.  We confess to vaguely knowing which months this happens in, followed by then trying to remember which way the clocks should go.  ’Spring Forward‘ and ‘Fall Back’ is the old adage so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember.  We also confess to feeling a little euphoric when it’s the ‘Fall Back’ one … as it means an extra hour in bed (unless you have babies/young children/animals… in which case the whole thing is meaningless anyway!).

So, from this weekend it’s going to be a little darker in the morning folks and a little lighter for longer in the evenings .. is that right?  Anyway and either way… stylish lighting, of which we have many pieces, is the way to cope with it.

Mogg TRI.BE.CA floor lamps

Mogg TRI.BE.CA floor lamps

Our newest lamps (& we’ll have one in the showroom fairly soon) are the stunning TRI.BE.CA. floor lamps, created for Italian design house Mogg by Marzia & Leonardo Dainelli.  We think they are just stunning and love the evocation of the New York area they’re named after, with its iconic iron fire-escape tenement buildings that are the defining aesthetic.  And another superb little design touch – the lamps have a USB dock built into the bottom shelf.  So cool.

Mogg Piantama floor lamps

Mogg Piantama floor lamps

Also from Mogg and, we rarely use the words ‘unique’ and ‘innovative’ but these certainly deserve the accolade, the Piantama floor lamps.  Hewn from logs and standing around a metre high, each Piantama lamp is a one-off with the wood left in its natural state, which will darken and mature beautifully with age.  Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, the adjustable lamps are available in black or white, and they’re finished with a long, red fabric flex.

Contardi Cornelia pendant lights

Contardi Cornelia pendant lights

Dubbed the ‘couture’ of lighting design houses, Milan based Contardi Lighting is recognised as the pinnacle of sophistication.  Elegant, stylish and exclusive … with over 30 years of experience in the business, they are the go-to company for really special lighting or bespoke ideas.   These Cornelia pendant lights,  above, have diffused shades in bronze or chrome glass, black fabric cords and, it’s a little hard to get the perspective from the image, the dimensions for each one are 20cm x 35cm high. Bellissimo.

Bonaldo XXL floor lamp

Bonaldo XXL floor lamp

We love everything Bonaldo does and their XXL lamp is no exception.  It’s very typical of their output – interesting, funky, and a great piece of practical design.  Designed by D’Urbino and Lomazzi for Bonaldo, we have one of them in our Kings Road showroom and it always receives a lot of high-praise.

Lots more beautiful and contemporary lighting ideas to choose from here.  Don’t forget to adjust those clocks (the right way!).

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All about the kids – ciao bella!

Italians, it’s always said, love babies and children, and nothing proves this more than the latest designs from Italian brand Battistella and their Nidi range of children’s furniture. We’re so impressed with their latest original, contemporary designs which combine style, imagination and tons of practical ideas.  There are three collections to choose from based around the themes of art, nature …. and fun!

Nidi Soft Collection

Nidi Soft Collection

The Soft Collection (above) includes this amazingly versatile loft bed, with a matching ladder that can be positioned at the front or side, and the option of fitting a desk below the bed.  There’s even a handy ‘toy organiser’ between the soft padded frame and the mattress.

Nidi Soft loft bed - toy organiser

Nidi Soft loft bed – toy organiser

Or introduce the idea of creating your own art with the Graphic Collection (below)

Nidi Graphic Collection

Nidi Graphic Collection

Designed to encourage the budding Banksys out there, the Graphic collection features white-board surfaces on desks and wardrobes.  They even include the pens along with a handy pen holder (probably not very Banksy that bit – but we think it’s a nice touch) which doubles up as a door handle.  And while artistic skills are being honed, you’ll be pleased to know that the white-boards are completely re-writeable/cleanable with dry-wipe surfaces.

Keeping in touch with nature is also a theme and the Woody Collection (below) features lots of natural finishes, while still allowing for pops of bright colours along with more muted shades for the older crowd.

Nidi Woody Collection

Nidi Woody Collection

Woody, like the other two ranges is modular, and contains storage beds, with deep under drawers, wardrobes, desks, wall units, shelves – everything in fact to start a children’s room from scratch and create something really stylish and unique.

There’s also tons of accessories too, from rugs and wall stickers to toy boxes, side tables and felt poufs. Makes you want to be 10 again doesn’t it!

 

 

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Not too early to be thinking about Christmas!!

Yes, we know it’s (mostly) sunny outside and you’re probably (mostly) on holiday… but we thought this might be a good time to start you thinking about CHRISTMAS!  The UK press has been thinking about it for the past month or so and all the Christmas summer press shows have already taken place (this is where journalists & stylists rush around central London in the heat, eating mince pies and thinking unseasonable thoughts, all working on their Christmas issues).

So, on to Christmas furniture.  Do you remember how last year you swore you wouldn’t host another Christmas without the right size dining table?  Well, now’s the time to start looking.  We have some fabulous new tables including a masterpiece of design from Alivar, one of Italy’s top brands.  The Oblique extends from 200cm right up to 280cm without altering its shape and the legs always stay at the end of the table – so there’s no need to play footsie (unless you want to!).

Alivar Oblique extending dining table

Alivar Oblique extending dining table

With extra guests, sleeping arrangements can also cause headaches in our experience.  A sofa bed is the answer and we have lots to choose from and there are also lots out there, but if you want something that really doesn’t look like a sofa bed we have just the design. Bonaldo’s Bandy not only doesn’t look like your traditional sofa bed it’s also extremely comfortable. Bonaldo has a wealth of experience in this area and the Bandy has been designed to last, with a sturdy frame and beautifully upholstered with layer upon layer of foam.  It’s also very easy to operate (even after a few Christmas G&T’s): simply pull the back down flat and the seat simultaneously moves forwards.  The Bandy comes with a Go Modern warning however – it’s so comfortable your guests may decide to stay a little longer than Christmas…

Bonaldo Bandy sofa bed

Bonaldo Bandy sofa bed

And then there are the finishing touches (and where to hang all those extra visitors’ coats). The beautiful Bonaldo Trees are not a brand new design but soooo lovely we have to give them a mention here.  These are a new version of the popular Tree coat stand but with a light inside, so they’ll not only light your hallway prettily but also provide somewhere for people to hang their outdoor gear (& coo over).   Why buy a traditional tree we say?

Bonaldo Tree coatstand/light

Bonaldo Tree coatstand/light

P.S. Our summer sale is also still on at the moment – 15% off all orders over £1,000 (Quote coupon code: SUMMER).  What’s stopping you & Merry Christmas!

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The Hedgehog Street Garden wins Gold!

A quick update on The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the Hedgehog Street Garden…. it won a Gold Award in the Summer Garden Awards category!!!  So, many congratulations to Tracy Foster and her incredible design skills – doesn’t it look stunning.

Hedgehog Street Garden_credit Iain Green

Hedgehog Street Garden_credit Iain Green

Pop along to the show if you have time, it opened today, 8th July and it’s on until the 13th. Tracy and the team will be on hand to tell you how they created the look – you’ll be able to see our Bubble garden chairs in all their glory and find out how to make your garden more wildlife friendly.

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Go Modern, The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show… and hedgehogs

We love a good flower show at Go Modern – we’re lucky enough to be just up the road from The Chelsea Flower Show (which we also exhibited at one year) and this year we’re involved with The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster got in touch to say that she was creating a hedgehog-inspired summer garden for the Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) to show at Hampton.  Hedgehog Street is the name of the garden and the idea is to showcase a number of hedgehog-friendly features to encourage gardeners  to make the land on their doorsteps more hedgehog friendly.

Once we’d stopped Simon from doing a fairly good impression of the ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ ‘I Like Truckin’ song (you probably have to be over 30 to know this!) and looked at the garden plan and Tracy’s ideas – we realised it was an incredibly good idea… and a beautiful garden.

The Hedgehog Street garden - illustration by Phil Game

The Hedgehog Street garden – illustration by Phil Game

So, how does Go Modern come into this we hear you ask?  Well, Tracy had the inspired idea of using a couple of our garden chairs as part of the design (you can see them in the sketch above). Our Bubble garden chairs, she thought, looked incredibly like large hedgehogs (without the prickles of course!) and once she’d pointed it out we had to agree!

The Bubble chairs are some of our most popular garden chairs, made from synthetic rattan, all-weather material, and designed to sit in your garden all year round.  They’re virtually indestructible (unlike the poor hedgehog), cool in the heat, dirt-repellent, fade-proof, water and frost resistant, biodegradable and recyclable.

The Bubble garden chairs

The Bubble garden chairs

 Tracy borrowed our ‘toasty’ coloured ones which looked a bit more realistic than the white ones above.

The Bubble garden chair - weave colour: toasty

The Bubble garden chair – weave colour: toasty

We haven’t got any images of the finished garden yet (the show’s open from 8-13th July) but we’ll share them with you when we do.

Of her garden design, Tracy says:”It has been an enjoyable challenge designing a multi-purpose space to inspire gardeners but also help hedgehogs. I was alarmed to discover that hedgehog populations are facing serious problems in our gardens, particularly in moving between garden boundaries to find food and mates. This design will demonstrate that practical access routes for hedgehogs need not come at the expense of aesthetic style.”

So, pop along to the show if you’ve got time, it’s always a lovely day out, and pick up a few tips from Tracy and Hedgehog Street to keep our Mrs Tiggy-Winkles going.

Thank you!                                               Hog-on-a-log by Steven Oliver

Thank you! Hog-on-a-log by Steven Oliver

 

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Go Modern and the Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party

A great big thank you to all the lovely people who came along to the inaugural Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party yesterday.  As you know, our stretch of the Kings Road has an eclectic mix of the traditional to the ultra-modern in furniture and accessories design showrooms.  Together we make a great resource for anyone looking for the very best in interior design.  Here’s a small taste of the event… and if you missed it, don’t worry – we’re open six days a week… and there’s sure to be another party next year!

Blue skies in Chelsea

Blue skies in Chelsea

Go Modern - part of the Chelsea Design Quarter

Go Modern – part of the Chelsea Design Quarter

The Chelsea Design Quarter Dixie Jazz band

The Chelsea Design Quarter Dixie Jazz band

Chelsea Design Quarter Colourful Stilt Walkers

Chelsea Design Quarter Colourful Stilt Walkers

Chelsea Design Quarter Unicyclist

Chelsea Design Quarter Unicyclist

Go Modern's window display with the amazing Manutti outdoor all-weather furniture

Go Modern’s window display with the amazing Manutti outdoor all-weather furniture

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Milan – bringing home all the fun of the fair

The fabulous Salone del Mobile last month, one of the world’s most exciting furniture fairs, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors through its doors and had some truly amazing new designs on offer.  We spotted so many superb pieces that we can’t wait to show you … so here’s a little taster of just a few of the great designs we spotted from two of our favourite brands.

Bonaldo is always ahead of the design field and never fails to impress us with its inspirational pieces. They also make incredible sofa beds … and what puts them ahead of the game is … that their sofa beds don’t LOOK like sofa beds – that’s the last thing you want in your living room!  The new Bandy sofa bed, designed by Vittorio Prevedello, is no exception. It’s got a great modern-retro look to it along with removable fabric or leather covers, and edged stitching in the same or contrasting colours.  It’s also a cinch to operate with an easy, manual mechanism designed to move the seat forward and simultaneously lower the backrest (because when you’re tired and you want to go to bed you really don’t want to be having a fight with a sofa bed!).

Bonaldo Sofa Bed

Bonaldo Sofa Bed

And how about the April, May, June shelves (love the names …although they remind us a little of some great aunts that it was best never to cross…).  And like those great aunts, they’re a bold trio… striking and a little out of the ordinary.  June (below) is in the black , with May in white and April in yellow … but you can choose colours to suit you.. including mint green, anthracite grey and powder pink, in matt painted metal.

April May June Shelves

Bonaldo April May June Shelves

We love Alain Gilles work (his Contrast bed is a firm favourite with everyone here). The Tracks table is one of his latest creations – a great extending glass table with a beautifully simple silhouette.  And in case you’re wondering …the name comes from the two, visible parallel steel beams under the glass table top that make-up the extension. It’s fantastic to be able to see the working of the mechanism – really unusual (remember when the Pompidou Centre was built and we all got excited about seeing the energy pipes in different colours on the outside… it’s kind of similar.. and we’re just as excited).

Tracks Dining Table

Bonaldo Tracks Extending Dining table

Mogg is one of our newest brands – quirky, highly unusual pieces that we think are destined to become collector’s pieces of the future. We’re all about contemporary design at Go Modern but so much modern design also gives a little nod to tradition, and these beautiful Donut Stools from Mogg have definitely done that. The designer, Alessandra Baldereschi, has used the ancient art of rush weaving to create the seats of her striking new stools.  Reed fibres are extremely hard wearing and very practical (easy to clean) which is certainly why they were used for seating years ago.  The tripod bases are made in metal with a lacquered grey or white finish or in a beautiful copper.

Donut Stools

Mogg Donut Stools

If you know New York at all you’ll understand why designers Mazia & Leonardo Dainelli called their new floor lamps for Mogg Tribeca, because, as they say, they’re always inspired by the city’s energy and magic, along with the feeling that ‘anything is possible’.   And with the Tribeca lamps ‘anything is possible’ as the dynamic duo have added a cleverly concealed USB dock to the bottom shelf of this stylish floor lamp. Love them!

Tribeca Floor Lamps

Mogg Tribeca Floor Lamps

Tribeca Lamp with hidden USB dock

Tribeca Lamp with hidden USB dock

So, there’s a little taste of some of our ‘finds’ from Milan… hope you like them as much as we do!

 

 

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Lema – the latest luxury brand to join Go Modern

We mentioned at the beginning of the year an exciting new name to join the Go Modern family, Lema, one of Italy’s most prestigous brands – and the perfect name to complement our other luxury brands.

If you know Lema at all you will know that its world famous name is synonymous with attention to detail, the highest quality materials and an ability to create unique pieces of furniture.  The company is based in the heart of the Northen Italian Brianza furniture making district and has been producing beautifully made furniture since the 1940s.

Lema is one of Europe’s best wardrobe and bookcase/wall unit specialists (their Elegant wardrobe is a best seller already!), and they also have a fantastic collection of sofas, beds, bedroom furntiture, and dining tables, as well as exquisite one-off pieces.

The Fina Sliding door wardrobe is a great example of the kind of design Lema is known for; a sleek, natual anodized aluminium frame surrounding matt or gloss lacquered door panels.  There’s also a huge choice of 40 colours in matt lacquer and four in the lacquered glass. Sizes too are varied, with three heights and several widths.  Superb!

Fina Sliding Door wardrobe

Lema Fina Sliding Door wardrobe

We love the Selecta bookcase system so much it’s being installed in our showroom as we type! Lema introduced their first free-standing bookcase system back in 1978, and Selecta is the bang-up-to-the-minute evolutionary result. With over 30 years of experience in creating these systems, Selecta incorporates the best of everything to date – and it’s one of the most versatile shelving systems around today. Pop in, have a look and be impressed!

The Mustique sofa is one of Lemas newest designs, created for them by Gordon Guillaumier. And it’s gorgeous. Wide and elegant, with a slim, metal structure and slimline cushions that are so, so comfortable.  The leather version, seen here, also has raw ‘unfinished’ seams on the boxy arms giving it, we think, a really cool, urban look.

Mustique sofa

Lema Mustique sofa

We have quite simply fallen in love with Wing – an achingly beautiful piece of craftmanship.  Designed in 2012 by Werner Aisslinger all we can say is: stunning (and we try not to use that word too often!).  It’s made from light oak and has a beautifully sinuous petal shape, with the natural wood grain shown-off to its best within the curved sweep of the design. And if that isn’t enough, Aisslinger has created another treat for you – when you turn Wing around, a ‘spine’ of solid wood is revealed giving the whole piece a striking architectural feel… its a kind of ‘weak at the knees’ piece…

Wing chair

Lema Wing Chair

And if you’re looking for something a little bit different, a collector’s piece … then the one-of-a-kind Booken by Yael and Shay at Raw Edges for Lema will get your pulse racing.  They’ve taken the ‘concept of the book as an object, transformed its function, and reinvetned it’.  And thus you have Booken – a quirky and totally unique bookcase: storage for your favourite books (also allowing you to ‘mark’ your favourite pages), a side table and bookshelf in one.  And if it suits your room style more you can also wall hang Booken. It comes with 20 oak ‘book-marks’ and you can order extra if you need them.

Booken bookcase

Lema Booken bookcase

Taking pride of place in our Kings Road window at the moment is the Novelist writing desk by the internationally renowned Christophe Pillet.  It was one of Lema’s key pieces at the Milan show and so deserved its centre stage presence.  In rue Pillet style, it cleverly evokes a traditional writing desk with a great modernist-retro look.  It’s made in sold canaletto walnut with a coffee-coloured leather insert in the desk top, plus an exciting and very neat pop-up inlay for your pens and pencils.  A chrome-plated steel frame and two ultra slim side-drawers complete the look. Absolutely no excuses for not finishing that book now!

Novelist writing desk

Lema Novelist writing desk

 

 

 

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Loving Pianca 8emezzo

A month or two back we started introducing 8emezzo (Italian for eight & a half) which is a fresh new brand from well established Italian company Pianca. Its a great brand, the designs are directional but easy to live with & their 2013 collection is just fab. But one of the things we really love about it can be summarised in four words. UK king size beds.

As a rule Italian manufacturers make Euro King size beds (160cm x 200cm) & UK super king size beds (180cm x 200cm) but proper UK king size beds (150cm x 200cm) are as rare as the proverbial hens teeth. We have quite a few US Queen size beds in our king size beds section, but these are a few cms bigger, so your mattress needs to be a generously sized UK king (ViSpring work well, but memory foam ones tend to be exact sizing so don’t), & you need to tuck your bed linen & duvet in under the mattress.

Of course we have  great range of all natural, hand made pocket spring mattresses that are made in exactly the size you need, but if you already have your UK king size mattress you want a UK king size bed. All in all a nice addition to the UK king size beds we already have from Brittos & SMA, with very typically Italian styling & of course excellent quality (as expected from Pianca).

8emezzo Wonder Bed

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Surprising Storage

If there’s one thing that most of us agree on it’s that our homes never have enough space to store everything.  It’s a modern day curse but, as we always try to look for the positive in things, the upside is that contemporary designers produce furniture that creatively uses every last available inch of space, producing designs that, for us, tick all the boxes – beautiful to look at, high quality and very practical too.

So, we’ve pulled together a small selection of some of our latest designs, all of which deserve praise for their quality and creativity – while sharing that great ability to surprise us with their ingenious hidden storage.

Starting with 8emezzo’s Wonder bed - one of our new, luxuriously upholstered beds with a thickly padded, textile covered base and headboard, the Wonder bed has a huge storage base with gas powered lift-up-slats over a sealed area approximately the size of the mattress – and the other surprising bit is it really, really doesn’t look like a bed with a storage base! Great sizes too from Euro King through to Super King with a headboard 83cm high.

Wonder bed

Wonder bed

The Carree coffee table we promise you is just the table you’ve been looking for to help keep your living room tidy. Created with two large storage spaces under the table top and some very practical drawers, you’ll be able to banish clutter in an instant (admittedly this isn’t a long term solution to the clutter problem – but it sure helps!). It’s available in two sizes, and in wood, matt or gloss lacquer, with or without plain or patterned glass, and a wide range of colours.  It’s really such a versatile, attractive coffee table you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Carree coffee table

Carree coffee table

The glamorous Kaddy coatstand/mirror is designed by the multi-talented Karim Rashid and those Italian masters of glass wizardry, Tonelli. We love this design – a full length mirror, double backed, on a revolving chrome base. Simply swivel it around to reveal an interior cupboard with a high shelf and three hanging hooks.  Great for hiding bulky winter coats and jackets – it makes a superb statement piece and a great storage addition to any room.

Kaddy coatstand

Kaddy coatstand

As you know, one of the latest brands to join our Go Modern family is Mogg.  This young Italian company is full of energy and surprises with lots of quirky and unusual pieces. Mogg’s designers are accomplished artists, designers and architects, and many are award-winning – as is Matteo Ragni (Ragni means ‘spiders’ in Italian by the way… but don’t let that put you off!!) and his very clever Doppia Fila shelves.   Larger than you might think, at a metre wide and 22cm high, the shelves also have ‘hidden’ storage at either end, allowing you to store extra books – or just create a very unusual design statement.  The shelves are sold in pairs, with extra shelves available as single shelves, and they’re made in a lacquered metal with a number of different finishes.

Doppia Fila shelves

Doppia Fila shelves

What to do with cables, power sockets and all your favourite DVD’s?  Ta-dah…we’ve found the answer… Bonaldo’s futuristic looking Vision TV stand.  It’s a circular stand that can incorporate a flat screen up to 102cm wide.  It’s also got a clever little cupboard at the rear for hiding those pesky cables and plugs that always spoil the look of any room. And as for those DVD’s that you cant bear to give away because they’re someone’s favourite movie… well the outer edge of the circular frame has a neat shelf designed to store them all until that rainy Sunday afternoon when you’re searching for something to watch.

Vision TV Stand

Vision TV Stand

So, there you have it.  Just a few of our amazing storage designs.  Lots more on the site… so come on in and take a look…

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