Milan Design Week – international furniture event of the year!

In the line of duty a small team from Go Modern pounded the 24 exhibition halls of Salone Del Mobile last week – Italy’s stylish, hot furniture event.  It’s the centre of international design in the furniture world, where emerging designers plus some of the biggest names around (with stands the size of Italian football pitches) exhibit their latest creations.  We came back to London with notebooks brimming with ideas and tons of exciting new furniture pieces to share (plus extremely sore feet.. which we wont share!).

So, what are the hot trends for the next furniture season..?

Masses of beautiful, sumptuous, luxurious velvet is the hot ticket – in a kaleidoscopic array of colours from the subtle and classic to the rich and juicy.

Velvet armchairs

Velvet armchairs

Lots of passion for mixing different materials including leather, fabric and painted metal, plus clever, over-sized accessories like the stylish standard lamp below, reinvented from it’s original concept as a stool/lamp.

Leather & painted metal plus oversize accessories

Leather & painted metal plus oversize accessories

And some incredibly innovative new surface design.  One here that we absolutely loved, a tabletop that allows you to iron away any surface scratches – how neat is that! Form an orderly queue…

New surface design

New surface design

Plus tons of gorgeous, timelessly elegant marble.  Everywhere.  It’s got to be one of the most noble of materials, and we saw it in dozens of different colours with its characteristic swirls and veins, combined with glass and wood – always a great combination of the traditional with the contemporary.  Echoes of 50s style we thought here too…

Marble tabletops

Marble tabletops

And lots of fun pieces , including Karim Rashid’s Kart, designed especially for Tonellidesign, the Italian glass specialist  - a real show-stealer (a bit like the award-winning, prolific Karim!). Kart is actually a stylish mobile bar, with large glass wheels and two opaque glass side pieces, which create clever silhouettes of the bottles and glasses within.  Neat.

Karim Rashid - Kart

Karim Rashid – Kart

And more clever design including a piece of ingenious technology in the shape of  smoked glass coffee and console tables that can also include invisible, inbuilt chargers for phones etc. Ingenious.  No more excuses for having your phone run out of battery then!

Coffee table & console table with inbuilt charger

Coffee table & console table with inbuilt charger

So, all the fun of the Milan fair… and more coming to a website (Go Modern) near you shortly. Watch this space.  Ciao!

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‘A list’ outdoor furniture for spring/summer 2015

So, how’s your garden looking?  In need of a little TLC like ours?  For inspiration, there are lots of garden shows in the pipeline, including our neighbours the Chelsea Flower Show 19-23rd May, so book your tickets now.  Or if you don’t manage a trip to Chelsea, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is also a good visit and (dare we say it) not quite as frenzied – 30 June-5th July.

We’re sadly not plant experts but we are experts in outdoor furniture, partnering with some of the top, outdoor furniture specialists in Europe, with some fantastic designs for spring/summer this year.  No one takes bets on what our summer weather will be like, and even the experts at the UK Met Office don’t seem to chance a forecast more than 30 days ahead!  Manutti, Belgian experts in luxury outdoor furniture, and Point, Spanish specialists, just don’t care what it’s like! Bring it on! Both brands invest heavily in research and technology to create some of the most stylish, weatherproof outdoor furniture in the world.

Manutti creates stunning, modern, outdoor furniture using their own special Nautic fabrics; materials designed to look and feel like interior fabric but perform on yachts.  In fact, their designs can be seen in use on some of the world’s super yachts and in the finest, most exclusive hotels, as well as a number of Hollywood stars’ gardens (our lips are sealed!).

Manutti Air Collection

Manutti Air Collection

The Manutti Air Collection above is completely modular and as comfortable as any indoor design you’ll find.   Lots of colours to choose from including this beautiful ice-blue, new for 2015, with cushions that are filled with quick-dry foam. Choose from sofas, corner chairs, L-shaped designs etc. Bases are powder coated aluminium, with top plates in lava aluminium or a beautiful Iroko hardwood as seen here. There’s also the option of LED lighting, if required, to add a glamorous A-list finishing touch!

Manutti Air table

Manutti Air table

If you’re fond of outdoor dining, the Air dining table could be the design you’re looking for. Two designs available, seen here with a saw-cut Iroko hardwood table top (the way the wood is cut helps with rain drainage) and an aluminium frame.  There’s also a version with a ceramic top (a mixture of sand, clay and natural stone) creating an incredibly strong, durable surface.

Spanish experts Point, create beautiful outdoor furniture that has a more traditional feel but harnessing up-to-the-minute technology.  Much of their designs use a high-quality synthetic rattan, Shinotex, that is resistant to weather changes, abrasive chemicals, wear-and-tear and is also fully recyclable!   It also looks warm and natural and is pleasant to touch… what’s not to like!

Point Armadillo Garden Swing Sofa

Point Armadillo Garden Swing Sofa

And if you’re looking for the ultimate show-stopping piece for your garden – we’ve got it!! The Armadillo swinging garden sofa has got to be the most fun design we’ve come across this year.  It’s designed by Joaquin Homs for Point and, as you might guess, its ‘armadillo’ name is derived from the curved hood design.  The swing comes with strong nylon ropes for attaching to a garden tree or, if you don’t have a tree, there’s an anodized aluminium base available.

To see all of Go Modern’s new season outdoor designs click here

Roll on summer 2015…whatever the weather!

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Porada – the latest addition to our stable!

Its official, we are now a Porada retailer!! This top Italian brand produces very grown up, sophisticated contemporary furniture in solid wood (combined with upholstery, glass & metal) and will make a fabulous addition to our other fantastic Italian brands (Jesse, Bonaldo, Lema, Tonelli, Contardi & Vibieffe to name just a few). We don’t like to add new brands for the sake of it, they need to add their own unique value and Porada’s collection of elegant dining tables, chairs, bookcases, sideboards & media units are not just ‘more of the same’ for us.

There’s only one problem though. The collection is ENORMOUS. Their master catalogue is a whopping 471 pages. This is a good thing unless you happen to be the people responsible for adding it to our website, managing the image libraries & letting our customers and the Press know we have it. Those people are (mostly) lying down with a cup of tea at the thought of the work ahead. Several of our consultants already know the products so if you want to order anything just give us a call on 020 7731 9540 or pop into our London showroom – which is rather handily just up the road from Porada’s Contract/Trade only showroom at Chelsea Harbour.

And our favourite Porada piece? Hands down its the new Jean table..soon to be on display in our showroom.

Porada Jean Table

The most popular piece of furniture from Porada has to be the Infinity table, which comes in several different versions from coffee tables to dining tables. Below is the Oval version, with two bases & a wooden top, but the most popular is probably the round table with a single base & glass top. This shows off Porada’s superior skills with wood rather well though, we thought!

Porada Infinity Table

Our showroom pieces are all arriving early to mid March but in the mean time we have absolutely all of the samples in the showroom & our knowledgable staff can help you with any of their collection.

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New Year – New Art

A new year and some fabulous new and contemporary art pieces adorn the walls of the Go Modern showroom.

We’ve displayed a few pieces before from the fabulous Allan Forsyth – his Pride and Glory – Roebuck Deer was much loved and had many compliments when it graced our Kings Road window.  Most of Forsyth’s work is a mixture of modern technology meets nature, strikingly dramatic and eerily real – photographic in style, with a magical glowing quality set against a black background.  Tranquilizer, another 3D  motion lenticular (a photographic printed image giving the illusion of depth and movement when viewed from different angles), is the latest piece on display; a beautiful, shimmering butterfly, that moves gracefully and almost translucently within the frame.

Tranquilizer - Allan Forsyth

Tranquilizer – Allan Forsyth

And  butterflies seem to be a bit of a recurring theme this year…

Artist Rebecca Coles describes her work as “…a journey travelling with a pencil, paper and a pair of scissors…”.

Rebecca’s beautiful three-dimensional decorative art is composed of hundreds, if not thousands, of hand-cut, carefully selected pieces of paper made from upcycled stamps and pins.  It’s stunning and very detailed – a contemporary take on the traditional entomological art form where insects were captured and encased.  No cruelty involved here however – just thousands of colourful and delicate paper butterflies intricately cut, sculpted and pinned.  Love it!

Stamps - Rebecca Coles

Stamps – Rebecca Coles

From Stuart Hartley, one of his new Event pieces – an incredibly eye-catching, physical, colourful work, with a playful quality … it’s incredibly hard not to want to reach out and touch this piece, a cross between art and sculpture. It draws the eye around the board, like a visual game, with a kaleidoscopic display of  brightly painted balls of varying sizes, all resting on top of, underneath or to the side of miniature ledges.  We’re keeping tabs on the number of our clients who move towards it, hand outstretched..!

Event 19 – Just around the corner.

Event 19 - Just around the corner

Event 19 – Just around the corner

These are just a few of the art pieces we have at the moment.  Pop by to have a closer look – like most art it’s hard to do them justice with small images, you have to see them in the flesh to get a feel for how wonderful they are.

 Happy New Year from all at Go Modern!

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Go Modern’s Winter Sale

It’s Christmas and our winter sale is almost here.  From December 29th until January 23rd, we will be offering 15% off all orders over £1,000.  Just quote coupon code JAN when placing an order.

Christmas at Go Modern

Christmas at Go Modern

The fabulous sofa you can see in our Christmas window is the Marc-U and we’ve had this one covered in a luxuriously rich velvety red fabric as befitting the season.  Standing alongside the Marc-U is the stylish Mogg TRI.BE.CA. floor lamp, designed by Marzia & Leonardo Dainelli, with it’s clever USB dock built into the bottom shelf. This one’s in matt black but it’s also available in white.  And to ward off the winter cold, our eco-friendly bio-ethanol fire from Cocoon is keeping the showroom nice and toasty.

We’ve really enjoyed 2014′s interior trends… indigo blue’s been a popular choice, along with a number of accessories in striking marble finishes.

Porada Ziggy Square coffee table

Porada Ziggy Square coffee table

Porada’s Ziggy Square coffee table, above, designed by Carlo Ballabio has a magnificent marble top with different marble colours to choose from including a brown Emperador dark marble or, as seen here, a white Calacatta marble.

Painted metal too has loomed large, offered in an eye-wateringly different number of colours, allowing you to be daringly outlandish or just keep things elegantly simple.

Bonaldo Kadou coffee/sidetables

Bonaldo Kadou sidetables

The Kadou side table, designed by Ryosuke Fukusada, has a top and legs in painted metal in a total of nine different colours from coral red to ivory.  Copper too has been beautifully incorporated into even the most humble of designs to add a touch of extra luxury, seen here with Mogg’s kitchen stools, Donut.

Mogg Donut Stools

Mogg Donut Stools

In the bed department, tall headboards were the order of the day, with edged-stitching and lots of ‘wrap around’ corners providing a gorgeous cocoon-like effect.

Lema Edel bed

Lema Edel bed

Lema’s Edel bed above features one of the many curved headboards we’ve seen but what we especially love about this design is that the whole bed appears to float above the ground. The shape of the Edel headboard is also accentuated with on-trend, piped, ribbed stitching. Superb.

So, what were your favourite design tends this year?

And don’t forget – December 29th-January 23rd – 15% off orders over £1,000 in our winter sale… so take a little virtual tour and start making a wish list: www.gomodern.co.uk.

Happy Christmas and all good wishes for 2015 from everyone at Go Modern.

 

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Bonaldo – fabulous updates for 2015

If you dip into our blog on occasion you’ll know we’re very fond of anything our friends at Bonaldo produce.  This creative Italian company has been in the furniture business since 1936 and we have always championed them right from the beginning of our own business.

We obviously love what they do; their furniture is beautifully made and they’re never afraid to push design boundaries.  The company works with award-winning international designers and if ever you want to spot design tends in the furniture world, Bonaldo is the one to watch, offering colours, shapes and materials that also make you fall in love with them time and time again.

For spring 2015 they’ve just updated their latest collection, using new colours and introducing new finishes and shapes, as well as surprising us with some amazing accessories.  Their popular Hollywood Pouffes have been given a make-over that we think will become a sure-fire box-office hit!

Hollywood Limited Edition Pouffes

Hollywood Limited Edition Pouffes

Designer Gino Carollo has given his Hollywood Pouffes an exotic new look!  Originally offered in plain, bright primary colours or pastel shades, these Limited Edition versions have new covers featuring birds, butterflies and tear-drop motifs and we LOVE them. There’s definitely a touch of Versace about them – bravo Gino, fantastic!

Just when you thought a design couldn’t get any better, the stunning Big Table, by award-winning designer Alain Gilles, is also given a fresh look with tabletops in heat-treated oak and polished natural solid oak, along with new Corten steel legs. Corten steel is a dark, coppery-looking steel which goes beautifully with these new tabletop finishes.  In the picture below the Big Table has been partnered with Bonaldo’s stylish Filly Dining Chairs.

Big Table with Filly Dining Chairs

Big Table with Filly Dining Chairs

Again from Alain Gilles, new finishes for the Gap dining table with its blade-like legs and elegantly slim rectangular tabletop.  Gilles has created a new version in green painted oak with lacquered green metal legs, alongside a natural solid polished oak design using his favoured Corten steel for the legs.

Gap Table with Junan Chairs

Gap Table with Junan Chairs

If bold colour and a show-stopping shape is what you’re after, the April, May, June shelves, appearing like giant silhouette perfume bottles, should do the trick. Gino Carollo’s eye for the unusual, and designs with a strong personality, come into play again here. April, May and June are shelves that could be used anywhere for anything. So clever, so inspiring… and we have a sneaky feeling that the world of shelving has just ‘upped its game’!  Sizzling new colours include turquoise, olive green and and azure blue. Which one’s your favourite?

April May June Shelves

April May June Shelves

And for a touch of absolute luxury you’d have to try hard to find something more deserving of that description than the Alfie Basket Alto bed by Mario Lipparani. This new version has a majestic 1.6 metre high headboard with gentle, wrap-around corners and a softly curved base. You can choose a wealth of different fabrics, or supply your own, for the upholstery. The version below is in a stunning indigo blue velvet and it comes in UK King through to US King sizes and there’s also a storage version.

Basket Bed & Alfie Chair

Basket Bed & Alfie Chair

So, form an orderly queue – 2015 looks like its going to be a very exciting year, and this is just for starters.

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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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