Pretty and practical: Our latest design-led garden furniture

We’re still deep in garden furniture mode at Go Modern.  As the weather begins to improve (ahem) and the days certainly are longer it’s all about getting back outside, keeping the borders watered and that first cut of the lawn.

We’ve more new outdoor designs to show you here and some of the prettiest furniture we’ve seen in a while, starting with one of our newest partners Saba Italia.  But it’s not just about the aesthetics, striking as they are, as with all our outdoor designs they have to meet our strict criteria for robust materials and advanced technology.

Saba Italia are a young Venetian brand where fashion meets furniture meets – exceedingly good design.  They have produced two new outdoor chairs that are beautifully decorative and quite different from the norm.

Saba Italia Grace

Saba Italia Grace

Grace is designed by Paolo Grasselli and is an irresistibly dainty design.  It’s created by fusing different sizes of metal rings together so that empty circles clasp cushioned spheres, creating a frame of coloured and transparent ‘bubbles’. The frame and rings are made from lacquered iron, which can be finished in either white or grey, and Grace can also be used inside as well as out.

Saba Italia New York

Saba Italia New York

The beautifully vibrant colours of the New York garden armchairs, designed by Sergio Bicego for Saba Italia, are produced in water-proof quick-drying non-absorbent technical fabric (with an excellent performance in the Martindale test of up to 90,000 cycles – for those of you who like the full tech stuff!) which guarantees abrasion resistance as well as hygienic ‘breathability’. And there are 13 different  outdoor fabrics to choose from, or you can supply your own. Incredibly comfortable (trust us – we sat for a long time at the recent Milan show on one of these!) the white-painted tubular metal frame is specifically treated for outdoor use.

Missoni Home are lauded the world over for their beautiful fabrics and they’re now producing striking outdoor furniture too.  As you’d expect from this award-winning fashion and accessories company their designs are eye-wateringly good and, of course, instantly recognisable.

Missoni Home Jalamar

Missoni Home Jalamar

The Jalamar sunlounger will attract more than a few admiring glances around the pool. The covers are removable with a huge choice of Missoni fabrics to choose from. And for sun lovers, the Jalamar has a fully adjustable frame (due to its clever internal mechanism) allowing you to capture those rays from any angle.

Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf

Tribu Nomad velvet outdoor pouf

There are an incredible number of stunning outdoor fabrics to choose from this summer. During last year’s London Design Festival, we were joined by Melanie Bernard from the outdoor fabric company Sunbrella for a Q & A session about the latest trends in furniture and fabrics.  Sunbrella began by producing fabrics for yacht sails – so they know a thing or two about all-weather material!  They’re now international specialist in fabrics for garden furniture and work with all the leading companies in this area.

For the most luxurious, sumptuous outdoor fabric, how about velvet (yes, you read that correctly – velvet!). Belgian specialists Tribù have used velvet for their Nomad garden poufs and they really caught our eye when we saw them at the last Milan show.  One word: Stunning!  And they come in seven delicious colours including marine blue, oyster, acqua and the moss colour seen above.

So practical, pretty design-led garden furniture.  Who needs sunshine when you can create your own!  Check out all of our latest garden designs here.

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From Hollywood glamour to industrial chic – brand new garden furniture!

Well, aren’t you just loving the sunshine today.  Blue skies, a hint of bird song… wow… steady, we’re feeling almost spring like!

So what better time than now to introduce our brand new 2017 outdoor garden furniture collections from specialists Manutti, TribùPoint and Missoni Home!

Manutti is the the award-winning, luxury go to brand for superyachts, Hollywood villas and chic townhouses, and headlining its new line-up is  San by French designer Lionel Doyen.  Lionel previewed his wonderful new design with us during the London Design Festival last September.

Manutti San

Manutti San

San is inspired by Japanese art and design and pretty much masters the art of Zen.  Made from sustainable Iroko wood, this low, sleek piece is the epitome of minimalism.  It’s modular which means there are numerous configurations – from a simple bench to sunlounger to two-seater sofa with the addition of backrests, cushions and small but beautiful tables in Carrara White or Portoro Black marble.

Manutti San

Manutti San

Cascade is Manutti’s other brand new design for summer. And in true Manutti style it’s a design that would look just as good indoors as it does out.  With weather-proof fabric, clever fast-drying foam cushions, and a strong, rust proof aluminium powder-coated frame, you can also choose it in a light or dark weave, and add a range of outdoor scatter cushions to complete the ‘inside out’ look!

Manutti Cascade

Manutti Cascade

We were lucky enough to pop over to Belgium last month to celebrate Tribù’s 50th anniversary!  And we’re still recovering.  What a day/night – with a tour of its wonderful, newly opened and extended showroom alongside the magnificent party celebrations.  This family run company were early pioneers of the idea that patios and gardens can be an extension of the house. Another room – just outside.

Tribù has produced four fantastic new designs and additions to ranges for this year, including the magnificent Pavilion Day Bed by the highly talented designer Monica Armani (who we were delighted to meet at the anniversary celebrations).

Tribu Pavilion Day Bed

Tribu Pavilion Day Bed

Tribù’s beautiful Tosca Collection, also by Monica Armani, has been extended to include the colour Wenge, which is a rich, warm shade of brown. Tosca is made using extra-large textured braiding, something that’s all the rage at the moment, from interiors to fashion – think over large knitting needles! It’s an amazing weather-proof material and incredibly soft to to the touch.

Tribu Tosca

Tribu Tosca

Tribu’s  Mood Collection also has some new additions, with a Day Bed and Club Chair and, if you’re looking for the ultimate, sleek Beach Chair, take a look at the new addition to the Branch Collection with beautifully flowing, fluid lines and elegant tapered legs (we’ll just have to remember not to stand too close to it at the pool!).

Tribu Branch Beach Chairs

Tribu Branch Beach Chairs

Point has been producing stunning hand-made outdoor furniture in Spain since 1920. It is another close-knit, family run company and its newest collections have blown us away. Fabulous contemporary designs including Weave which is a modern take on a traditional weave design.

Point Weave

Point Weave

Working alongside award-winning designers, Point’s other new designs include the strikingly contemporary Fennec and Tub Collections.  The Fennec Collection exudes Hollywood poolside glamour (La La Land we felt your pain!) and it also uses 100% recyclable material (that’s Fennec – not La La Land!).

Point Fennec

Point Fennec

While Tub has a stylish, industrial feel with a lacquered, aluminium frame displaying gloriously straight lines, cleverly interwoven with subtle curves.

Point Tub

Point Tub

Last summer you probably remember that we were jumping up and down to announce our partnership with Missoni Home Furniture and we’re now even more excited to show you this incredible brand’s new outdoor furniture collection.  Featuring lots of colourful zigzags, florals and stripes, the trade mark look from this iconic design house, and its outdoor collection doesn’t disappoint.

The Missoni Home Virgola Garden Chair is a striking piece of modern design, a real garden showstopper, and it’s available in a huge range of Missoni’s stunning outdoor fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Virgola

Missoni Home Furniture Virgola

For a nod to 1960s style the Cordula Garden Chair with a woven rope design will tick all the right boxes…

Missoni Home Furniture Cordula

Missoni Home Furniture Cordula

while the versatile Nap Collection is a simple, customisable modular design which includes a chaise longue, sofa and a large pouf.  The covers are removable and you can choose from a large range of Missoni’s fabulous weatherproof fabrics.

Missoni Home Furniture Nap

Missoni Home Furniture Nap

So, enjoy the sunshine while we have it and explore our new garden collections for a bit of 2017 summer dreaming.

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Wardrobes and fashionistas

Confession:  At Go Modern quite a few of us LOVE clothes. And shoes.  And handbags. Our trips to some of Europe’s capitals to meet with suppliers and discuss new designs are often punctuated with a (very) quick dash into the odd boutique (shhh – don’t tell anyone). And of course London Fashion Week starts next week – so as usual look out for some of the most exciting shows on the planet!!

But how to store it all is the question.  Well, come talk to us because wardrobes are one of our specialities and, without blowing too much of a trumpet, we have probably the largest range of Italian made freestanding and fitted wardrobes in the UK. All of our wardrobes can be built from two doors wide to as many as you need… and most importantly they have a HUGE choice of internal storage options.

We have a myriad of clever storage ideas for shoes, bags, umbrellas, sports equipment, keys… some even have chargers for mobile phones and other electronic stuff…and, of course, clothes. There are pull-out apothecary-style sections, corner cupboards with swing out trays, pull down rails  - in essence our made-to-measure wardrobes are the ‘haute couture’ for your home.

Lema Warm wardrobe

Lema Warm wardrobe

And if you’re a fashionista you’re almost certainly into colours and textures. We can do that too. Most of our wardrobes come in dozens of beautiful fashion-led colours or finishes, such as the stunning Lema Warm wardrobe above which is upholstered in hide with the profiles and handles in an uber stylish bronzed anodised aluminium.

Novamobili Curved wardrobe

Novamobili Curved wardrobe

Got an angled wall or an awkward corner?  We love those. The Novamobili Curved wardrobe above is a fabulous example of what you can do with a space you had no idea what to do with.  We work with a number of different wardrobe manufacturers with a huge range of designs and we’ve never come across any design like this.

Jesse Walk-in Wardrobe

Jesse Walk-in Wardrobe

Jesse make an incredible range of wardrobes.  The Jesse Walk-in Wardrobe (above) is in their fab new finish, satin white, and fulfills that fantasy all fashionistas have… a walk-in-closet!  It’s a knee trembler isnt it.  One of our team once had a tour round Tammy Wynette’s walk-in closet in her house in Nashville, by the lovely lady herself no less, and it was seriously impressive, housing every single stage dress she’d ever worn, and a few more. But you dont have to be a famous country singer to have a walk-in.  No siree… if you have an L-shaped bedroom or even a large room that can be partitioned then darn it – Tammy would be proud of you!

Schoenbuch Basic Shoe Cupboard

Schoenbuch Basic Shoe Cupboard

Shoes.  Cant live without them.  Can never have too many of them.  That’s why we love this slim line shoe cupboard from the masters of slim-line storage ideas Schoenbuch. Their Basic Shoe Cupboard is just genius and sooo neat.  We’ve got one in the Kings Road showroom at the moment, in a beautiful dove blue, and it’s turning a lot of heads we can tell you.  And deservedly so as the design starts from a depth of just 20cm, so if you’re tight on space here’s the answer!  The Basic also comes in 26 different gloss/matt lacquer colours… which should satisfy even the most demanding of fashionistas amongst us!

You can see the full range of wardrobes at Go Modern here. Happy shopping!

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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR OUR SPACE-HUNGRY LIVES

There’s something about the post Christmas period and start of a New Year that prompts, in most of us at least (quick straw poll of the Go Modern team), a desperate feeling of needing more space. Or at least a big declutter. Or maybe we should have just got out more over the holiday!

The great thing is that there’s no need to compromise on style to achieve more space. Lots of the brands we work with have used their creative energy to come up with some very clever and stylish products that will maximise your existing space and give you the cool, sleek, uncluttered look you dream of.

To kick-start your search we’ve pulled together just a few ideas that might help…

Mogg DPI wall units

Mogg DPI wall units

Quirky Italian brand Mogg creates lots of great furniture that makes us think differently about conventional design. These fab wall units (above), called DPI, have a slightly industrial look, which we love, and they’re modular/varying sizes.  The styling here shows them used very creatively as a wall hung bedside table and book storage.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase

And talking of books, we’ve got tons of them (even more since Christmas!).  Like good friends you never want to part with… kind of.  But what to do with them all if you don’t operate the ‘one in/one out’ system?  Novamobili are the people to ask – specialising in wall units (and some great wardrobes) that ooze Italian style.  The Wall Unit/Bookcase 08 (above) has a very ordered, contemporary look with bookshelves split into individual compartments to help with the sorting, along with sleek, complementing drawers. Plus…all your TV cables, DVD systems, audio equipment, the whole lot, can be hidden away neatly in specially created channels and behind panels, so the dreadful electronic spaghetti cable mess need never haunt you again.

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04

Novamobili Wall Unit/Bookcase 04

Here’s another smaller version of the Wall Unit/Bookcase above, showing just how versatile this great system is.

And dont under-estimate the amount of storage a good storage bed will give you.

Bonaldo Cuff storage bed

Bonaldo Cuff storage bed

Bonaldo’s Cuff bed (above) is an uber stylish storage bed (with some very neat leather inserts on its headboard) and has what’s called a ‘Comodo’ storage base.  This is where the whole of the top lifts up with the help of gas pistons.  This means that not only will your bed stay made, always a big plus in our book, but you won’t have to shift any bedside furniture around before you can retrieve whatever it is you’ve stored. Anything to make life a tad easier!

Ozzio are a young Italian brand who major in space saving, transformable furniture.  From wall units that hide dining tables for eight (seriously) to cute coffee tables that have hidden storage and transform, like the one below, Bellagio, into a desk or something called a ‘dinette’ table. Great for TV dinners or a bit of sofa home-office working.

Ozzio Bellagio coffee table

Ozzio Bellagio coffee table

So, there you have it.  Five interesting, stylish designs from us that will help with our space-hungry lives – and maybe even restore a bit of sanity, who knows!  Lots more on the Go Modern site so do check them out! www.gomodern.co.uk

PS – We’ve also got a winter sale on at the moment – so hop over and make the most of it!

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SCHOENBUCH: PERFECTING THE ART OF HALLWAY FURNITURE

‘Feel welcome’ is Schoenbuch’s guiding principle and this superb, luxury German brand is very welcome as part of the newest line-up at Go Modern. We got to know these masters of hallway furniture earlier in the year on a trip to Cologne and we were instantly blown-away by what they produce.  If you haven’t come across them before, be prepared to be impressed!  The company specialises in uber stylish, modular designs for the hall area, in unique widths and heights, with depths starting from just 20cm, all designed to fit the narrowest of spaces.

Schoenbuch’s designers begin with the knowledge that no two hallways are the same, from city lofts to commercial buildings or the smallest of domestic hallways.  The strive to produce perfect capsule furniture collections to suit individual locations. The result: outstanding hallway clothes storage and system furniture alongside smaller accessories such as clever shoe boxes and unusual mirrors.

And if you’re looking for innovative colours you’ll be spoilt for choice!  Most items are offered in around 26 matt or gloss lacquer colours from the fashionable Dusky Rose (fab against a darker painted wall – try it with Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe or Little Greene’s Royal Navy) and shades such as Steel Blue or the subtle Vanilla to complete the design statement.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE COAT RACK, MIRROR & SHELF

The beautifully minimalist Hesperide collection (above) is designed by Carsten Gollnick for Schoenbuch, and in this styled set up (dont forget its modular) there’s a five-hook coat rack, tall framed mirror, and two wall mounted shelves, all in an ivory matt lacquer finish. We’re secretly coveting this hallway!

And just to show how versatile this system is, here it is again (below) in a high gloss black lacquer. This combination shows a slimline shoe box with an upholstered seat/lid in leather, and a narrow sideboard.  There’s also another version of the Hesperide mirror, this one has a square frame including oval and round smaller mirrors.

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

SCHOENBUCH HESPERIDE ENTRANCE HALL COMBINATION 1

Confession. We love shoes. And we LOVE this Basic Shoe Cupboard.  It epitomises what Schoenbuch does best – simple, stylish, clever design.  It’s offered with a depth of just 20cm and cupboard doors that open/close using a beautifully smooth, quiet gas-filled spring. Plus, you can customise it by chosing designs such as a tray top or tempered glass. This version, below, in a glamorous high gloss white definitely gets our vote!

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

SCHOENBUCH BASIC SHOE CUPBOARD / SIDEBOARD

Confession Two.  Coats and bags.  We also like these (just a bit!) and the Line Coat Rackdesigned by Apartment 8 for Schoenbuch, is another example of a very clever design idea.  And as a system for hanging coats and bags, Line looks, and is, perfect.  It’s got an adjustable fold-out hook for hangers or you could pop your coat straight on.  In the example below, there are three bag hooks in polished chrome. Simple and fabulous, it’s also in a huge variety of coloured lacquers or wood finishes. The citrus yellow next to the pebble and ivory works really well don’t you think.

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

SCHOENBUCH LINE COAT RACK

So, if your hallway needs some clever storage input but you don’t want to sacrifice your high design ideals Schoenbuch is the answer.  Take a look at their full collection here.

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INTRODUCING MISSONI HOME FURNITURE

A very BIG announcement from us this month with the introduction of the most iconic of brands: Missoni!  We are thrilled to announce that Go Modern is now partnering with this very special, much loved Italian design house to sell MISSONI HOME FURNITURE.  We’ve been fans forever… so there’s much excitement in our bit of the Kings Road!

Missoni, as you are probably aware, was established in the 1950s as a small knitware business and grew to be the internationally recognized fashion brand.  Its colourful zigzag motifs, stripes, waves and patchworks of geometrics and florals are instantly recognisable. The Missoni Home line followed some years later, when the company’s beautiful fabrics were successfully transferred to a large collection of small home accessories.

Taking things one step further,  Go Modern is the first and only UK retailer to sell Missoni’s contemporary furniture collection which includes sofas, beds, armchairs, screens and a wide range of beautiful outdoor furniture.  Check out the full collection of our MISSONI HOME FURNITURE  here.

So, less chat…. let’s show you a few pieces….

New for 2016 is the MISSONI HOME ADAR SOFA – a beautifully slim-line sofa seen here in Missoni fabric Realeza, a striking monochrome geometric weave.  The Adar is a modular design and includes armless, central seating units along with left/right hand seats.  The covers are removeable and, of course, there’s an incredible selection of Missoni fabrics to choose from.

Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Adar Modular sofa

The MISSONI HOME TIAMAT SOFA is a wonderfully roomy, semi-circular sofa offering the perfect lounging design.  It’s pictured here in the vibrant Samoa fabric, taken from Missoni’s brand new Oriental Garden fabric collection.

Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Tiamat sofa

And pop into our Kings Road showroom to see the fabulous MISSONI INNTIL SOFA by Bendik Torvin.  We think this sofa has a very ‘Missoni look’ about it, with its dynamic, unbroken flowing design. Come on in and experience your own ‘comfort zone’ (although do check our opening times… we try very hard not to lock our lovely comfortable, sleep induced customers in!)  The image below is of the Inntil in Missoni fabric Coomba, which is a pale silver/grey glossy cord.

Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Inntil sofa

Also by Torvin for Missoni is the GRAVITA RANGE (so called, according to Torvin, as sitting on this furniture creates a feeling of “being pulled towards the earth’s surface” – well, we’re all for a bit of that!).

Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa

Missoni Home Furniture Gravita sofa

Then there are the beds.  Gorgeous Missoni beds.  We love the MISSONI HOME SCREEN HIGH BED with its extra high headboard.  It’s designed by the Missoni Home Studio team and, if you’re wanting a real bedroom statement piece, choose the iconic Nador fabric that you see here, with the famous multi-coloured zigzag motif. Or, if you’re looking for less bedroom excitement, choose from their plain weaves, stripes, florals or luxurious mohair velvet (or, of course, supply your own favourite).

Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed

Missoni Home Furniture Screen high bed

The ADAR BED simply says ‘sleep’ to us, with its comfy deep base and slim, partitioned headboard.  The mohair velvet fabric, mentioned above, has been used in this shot of the Adar – it’s the ultimate in luxury and this wonderful, relaxing teal velvet works so well don’t you think?

Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed

Missoni Home Furniture Adar bed

So do hop over from here and check out the full collection and indulge in a little Missoni history in the making.

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Turning The Indoors Out.. and Go Modern turns 10!

Well, apologies for our break in transmission… its been a busy few months!

For the whole of the London Design Festival in September, Go Modern discovered its green fingers, as we transformed our Kings Road showroom into a ‘magical outdoor garden sitting room – inside’ to showcase the very latest of our luxury outdoor furniture from Belgian manufacturer Manutti. We were also celebrating a very special anniversary as Go Modern turned 10!

Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival

Go Modern dressed for the London Design Festival

Along with the two week indoor garden installation, we had the pleasure of hosting a special Festival event with leading French designer Lionel Doyen, who has created many of Manutti’s  designs, Melanie Bernard of Sunbrella, the internationally renowned all-weather fabric company, and Hilde Baeklandt of Manutti. The evening was a great success (with lots of top Belgian beer and our usual Italian cocktails – plant food!) and it was great to see so many of our customers. Our designers’ presentations were fascinating, covering the design challenges of working in this area, all-weather materials, trends in outdoor design, technological developments… and a few secrets of the trade.

Our inspiring ‘magical’ indoor garden room was created by top interiors stylist Hannah Bort.

Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!

Stylist Hannah Bort waved her magic!

Lionel Doyen’s latest outdoor design for Manutti is the San Collection. San is a wonderful Japanese inspired range – and it took centre stage in our window display for the whole of the Festival. Lionel explained the design process involved in creating San, the materials used and the technical challenges of designing something for the outdoors that also manages to retain a light, elegant look.

San - a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.

San – a 2017 design for Manutti. Lionel Doyen.

We also found space for the awe-inspiring Manutti Moon Island collection – wonderfully comfortable for lounging on (as our audience can testify!)

Manutti's Moon Collection

Manutti’s Moon Collection

Manutti’s latest range, Kumo, graced our lower-ground floor, sitting grandly aloft some specially created decking. With many colours to choose from, we opted for a striking plum colour, finished with some zingy Missoni Home cushions and it looked spectacular. The range is modular so we had fun playing around with the many different combinations we could achieve.

Missoni Kumo Collection

Missoni Kumo Collection

Also on display were ‘Leaf’ stools by Nicolette de Waart of ‘Design by nico’, one of the newest designers to joint the Go Modern stable. The Leaf stools are not designed for use outdoors but we couldn’t resist using them to add some great finishing touches to our Festival installation.

Leaf stools.  Design by nico

Leaf stools. Design by nico

Look out for Manutti’s designs on the terraces of luxury hotels, restaurants and spas all around the world, along with many elegant residential London gardens. Go Modern also has a very comfy terrace area where you can see just how well Manutti’s products withstand the elements, so do pop in and take a look. We know you’ll be impressed.

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Milan Design Week – materials and craftmanship

Milan Design Week is one of the highlights of the year at Go Modern.  The international furniture show, Salone del Mobile, spread across 20 exhibition halls is packed with exciting new designs and stands that, in some cases, could be theatre sets.

The city of Milan comes alive with visitors (the official figure for the show alone is a staggering 372,151) with pop-up shops, street installations, show room openings and a few cocktail parties thrown in for good measure.  And it’s where we see the latest designs from our partners and keep an eagle-eye out for new products that we know our customers will love.

Materials and craftsmanship were the buzz-words, with heaps of individuality thrown in for good measure.  Glass, wood, metals and beautiful finishes including hand-painted touches.

Extra special was the 80th anniversary of Bonaldo, one of our long-term partners, who work with some incredible, award-winning designers, and who this year had created a series of pieces to commemorate the big birthday.

Bonaldo's 80th Anniversary

Bonaldo’s 80th Anniversary

Designer Alain Gilles (he of the iconic, best selling Big Table) produced a number of new designs including the New Perspectives mirrors.  The oval shaped mirrors are designed to look as if they are reflecting another room, with the illusion cleverly created using hand-drawn lines in a cartoon/graphic style.

Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror

Bonaldo New Perspectives Mirror

Gilles also created the Mass Table, with an unusual ‘light’ and ‘delicate’ base - a move away from the traditional table with its sturdy, solid frame.  Gilles says it’s also a ‘fun reference to hooped skirts of the 19th century, and the wireframe designers use in creating 3D designs’.  The Mass table (below) has a beautiful copper base – a metal still very much in evidence at this year’s show.

Bonaldo Mass Table

Bonaldo Mass Table

Como based Mogg, one of the newer companies to join the Go Modern stable, excited us with some truly great, innovative new designs, including the amazing Stucchi rug designed by Cristino Celestino for the company. A carpet imagined as a ceiling! Inspired by ancient classical ceilings, decorated with mouldings and traditional stucco, using flowers, fruit and little birds.  Too good for the floor?

Mogg Stucchi Rug

Mogg Stucchi Rug

We also LOVED their Crytsal lamps... echoing the packaging used for antique chandeliers. They’re made from solid wood with a steel frame and cable, and can be used as a pendant or table lamp. Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerbra.  Definitely a light-bulb moment spotting these!

Mogg Crystal Lamps

Mogg Crystal Lamps

A brand new supplier for us and one that we are enormously pleased to welcome on board is Miniforms. Lots of  great pieces with designs for every room in the house and lots of stylish, colourful accessories too.  But their absolute piece de resistance has got to be Caruso – the ‘musical’ sideboard.  It’s actually a sideboard with a speaker and Bluetooth 4.0 connection offering excellent sound quality, designed by Paolo Cappello.  The large ceramic trumpet is its ‘standout’ feature and it comes in lots of bright colours or a limited edition 24 carat gold-plated version with vintage oak. It’s this one that will be gracing our Kings Road showroom soon!

Miniforms Caruso Sideboard

Miniforms Caruso Sideboard

 So just a few of the new designs from Milan that will be coming our/your way very soon – keep an ear out and make sure you don’t miss anything.

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Parental warning – this furniture might seriously improve your children’s tidiness

So week two of the UK spring/school holidays and we’ve noticed a marked interest in children’s bedroom furniture… with a big emphasis on storage.  There’s nothing like a holiday combined with cold weather to make you realise that your house is pulsating with a lot of small people and just too much stuff!  Well, we can’t offer Narnia but we can solve the problem of where to store everything.

Our Italian partner Battistella has come over all Mary Poppins like and created Nidi, a wonderful new range of children’s bedroom furniture, that includes everything from ‘hidden’ extra beds, to walk-in wardrobes, fitted cupboards, pull-down desks and incredibly neat storage ideas.

Nidi children's bedroom furniture

Nidi children’s bedroom furniture

It’s all completely modular so you can chose as much or as little of it as you want. With modifiable sizes, and tailor-made extras that will be unique to you – so, an extra cupboard, bunk bed steps arranged on the other side, pull-out toy boxes; they’ve thought of everything.  We’ve featured some room set images here to give you an idea of what can be achieved (and they also do rugs and wallpaper too).

Gino bunk bed

Gino bunk bed

The Gino bunk bed (above) has two beds, with a clever pull-out bed below that’s great for extra guests, or you can use the space for storage.  The top bunk can also be chosen as a ‘tipping bunk’ which will fold down neatly when it’s not in use. The wardrobe in this composition has been fitted at the side of the bunk and it’s a ‘walk-in’, with shelves and pull-down rails (so no excuses for a floordrobe!) and optional internal lighting.  And don’t worry about the graffiti – the finish of the wardrobe here is a rewriteable whiteboard surface (and it’s dry wipeable in case the artwork turns out to be a little too inspired!).

Tippy bunk bed

Tippy bunk bed

The Tippy bunk bed and desk is an incredible piece of design which incorporates two beds, storage space and a desk all in one unit. The desk is pulled down (by mechanised gas pump) to reveal the hidden second bed behind the desk. When the desk is needed, it simply pulls up, and the mechanism folds the bed neatly behind it. And, a good one this for teenagers, you don’t even have to move anything off the desk! There are also wheeled storage boxes available which will fit tidily under the second bed/desk.

Woody children's wardrobe & Hug children's storage bed

Woody children’s wardrobe & Hug children’s storage bed

Let’s talk colour – we’ve got a rainbow’s worth of them – from moody mauve to raucous red – with over 15 different lacquers to choose from. The design team at Battistella has also created a superb selection of finishing touches: the wardrobe door knobs come in 14 different colours, four sizes and can be placed in three different positions – so how cool is that. And there are lots of really ‘grown up’ details too – have a closer look at the Hug bed in the shot above and you’ll notice the ultra-stylish blanket stitching around the headboard, which can be done in matching or complementing colours.  And there’s more storage with an optional storage base.

Happy spring holidays!

(N.B. – Parental warning – the child in the above shot is a model and we’re assured that, even with our great Nidi furniture, his room isn’t normally this tidy!).

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Outdoor furniture spring/summer 2016 from Tribù

Nearly March and the weather IS slowly improving – there’s the odd chink of blue sky and the temperature’s heading in the right direction… not quite fast enough for those of us in the office who had been contemplating fingerless gloves… but in the meantime we’ve been drooling over some pretty cool new outdoor furniture designs from Tribù.

Tribù is an award-winning Belgian brand, although we’re hazarding a guess that their latest designs weren’t actually shot in Belgium but slightly further south – azure blue pools and verdant olive trees are not, as far as we know, a natural Poirot backdrop.

Belgium has pretty much the same weather as we do, so Tribù knows what it’s doing when it comes to designing outdoor furniture that’s completely weatherproof.  Their uber contemporary design will withstand anything the outer edges of the Northern hemisphere decides to throw at it – and given our average British summer who knows what that might be.

Tribu outdoor garden furniture

Tribu outdoor garden furniture

If you’re keen to get in on the ‘bring the indoors out’ trend (and who isn’t…)  and create that coveted extra garden room/extension to the house, then this is the answer.

Tribù’s fabrics are all extremely hard wearing and waterproof, and resistant to all those pesky outdoor weather hazards: mildew, rot, UV fading etc. Frames are also built with clever, hidden ‘water channels’ (a clever Poirot touch, n’est-ce pas?) and coated with special extra resilient finishes.

Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa

Tribu Natal Alu corner garden sofa

The other winning feature as far as we’re concerned is that all of Tribù’s designs look as though they could happily sit in the most stylish of sitting rooms.  Sleek, contemporary shapes, soft-to-the-touch fabric and clever finishing touches like the Ile side tables and Nomad poufs you can see in the picture above.

Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table

Tribu Vis à Vis garden dining table

Planning a little alfresco dining?  Tribù’s Vis à Vis dining table, above, is designed by the renowned Piergiorgio Cazzaniga and we guarantee it will induce serious table envy amongst friends.

Rather than one large table top it’s cleverly made using individual square-shaped slats (perfect for water drainage) which can then be locked together to form 99cm x 99cm sections to create whatever size table you need – even as large as a whopping seven metres long.  We’ll be looking out for our invitation to that party!  It’s also made from beautiful East Java sustainable teak, so it ticks all our environmentally-friendly boxes, and it’s hand-picked to ensure the best quality.

Tribu Contour garden club chairs

Tribu Contour garden club chairs

There’s just one thing missing from the picture of the Contour garden club chairs – it’s crying out for that glass of crisp, cold white wine at the end of a lovely summer’s day. Or is that just us?

Luxuriously comfortable armchairs with lots of space to sit back and relax.  The woven backrests are incredibly supportive and made from plaited Tricord, a totally weatherproof material, which means that, as with all of Tribù’s furniture, you don’t constantly have to have one eye on the weather forecast.  They’re happy to sit on the terrace doing their own thing all year round.  Bit like most of us really.  And there’s some beautiful soothing colours to choose from like linen and wenge and you can also include the optional back cushions.

Tribu Neutra garden armchair

Tribu Neutra garden armchair

This is probably our favourite shot… no idea where it was taken (if you’re keen to know, let us know and we’ll have a word for you).  What’s not to like?  Shimmering blue skies, sparkling blue sea, a little heat haze – oh, and the striking Neutra chairs. Looks like something from a Warhol picture doesn’t it.

Tribù describes Neutra as having ‘elegance and simplicity’ and we love the triangular profile designer Vincent Van Duysen has created. They’re die-cast using an extremely high-pressure technique which results in a seamless, weldless frame that gives the illusion of an extra thin line totally belying how comfortable they really are.

We want to say “roll on summer” but of course we don’t have to!

Check out all of Go Modern’s outdoor garden furniture designs here. 

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