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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Clever ideas for transforming small spaces

If you’re craving mores space (and aren’t we all) there are a number of new and very stylish designs around that will change your life - or at least stop you hankering after a bigger pad.

Italian manufacturer Ozzio® is the creative Italian company making exciting and unique transformable furniture.  The clever design team at the Milan based company have re-examined the shape and structure of traditional furniture pieces to create multi-functional products to suit the way we live. Neat coffee tables turn into dining tables, or a work bench/desk with storage; a smart wall unit with a TV screen, cleverly conceals a dining table for six, including fold-away dining chairs. Awesome, smart design ideas for 21st century living.

Smart Living

Smart Living

Ozzio’s Smart Living  is an all-in-one storage system with swivel TV screen. It not only neatly hides messy media cables etc. but has built-in storage for a pull-out, extending dining table (in a lower cupboard) plus space behind the TV screen for storing the dining chairs. Be impressed.  It’s also modular so you can choose to have bookcases/no bookcases or configure it as you like.  Lots of different colours and finishes too.

Newood coffee table/dining table

Newood coffee table/dining table

The Newood (above & below) is a transformable coffee table which turns into a large dining table, and the hidden gas-lifting mechanism won’t leave you feeling as if you’ve done a full work-out before dinner. When it’s fully extended it’s large enough to seat up to ten people – so, start writing those dinner party invitations. Really, no excuse.

Newood as a dining table

Newood as a dining table

The Markus coffee table (below) could give new meaning to ‘working from home’ (or even ‘working from your sofa’!).   Not only is it a really neat coffee table, it lifts and extends to create extra bench seating, with a desk-high table-top including plenty of space for laptops/iPads etc.  There’s even a handy drawer for notebooks and pens.

Markus - coffee table/work bench

Markus – coffee table/work bench

And the beautiful 4×4 table (below) has stolen our hearts.

4 x 4 dining table

4 x 4 dining table

The 4 x 4 starts as a compact dining table, measuring 100cm x 200cm, and ingeniously expands, via a unique geometric opening system, to 138cm x 254cm – providing a beautiful (and rare for a dining table) square shape.  Large enough for an extended family meal – or a small conference!

And here’s a treat for you – watch the fun Ozzio You Tube video showing a bit of geometric magic.  

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2016 colours: Rose Quartz and Cherished Gold

We’re tickled pink (ahem) that the main Pantone Colour of 2016 is… Rose Quartz.  So, basically pink… but there are so many variations on this shade that it’s easy to get it seriously wrong in an interior.

Rose Quartz, according to the experts over at colour specialists Pantone, is “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months”.  So, there you have it. Hard to imagine the spring/summer months with our rotten weather at the moment but hopefully they’re just round the corner.

We love the way our Italian friends over at Bonaldo have used this colour on one of their newest bed designs, Picabia. The bed frame and three of the main headboard cushions are in shades of dusky pink, with other cushions plus the bed throw and wall colours, in complementing linens, wenge and greys. Beautiful!

Bonaldo Picabia bed

Bonaldo Picabia bed

Picabia is a really unusual bed design with five individual cushions that make-up the headboard, all of which can be upholstered in matching or contrasting patterns and textures, a nice alternative to opting for just one overall colour.

Bonaldo have also used shades of pink on their new Blazer armchair by Mauro Lipparini.

Bonaldo Blazer armchair

Bonaldo Blazer armchair

We love this design which Lipparini has had great fun with, creating a design silhouette that, he tells us, is similar to that of a jacket draped over the back of a chair. In this image, Bonaldo have used a great combination of materials, with a dusky pink fabric for the main seating and soft grey leather for the backing.  Those colour pairings never seem to fail. And the grey geometric wallpaper in the background gives it all a very grown up look.

A little closer to home, Dulux the paint people have chosen Cherished Gold as their 2016 colour. They’re also “celebrating the beauty of contrast, whether that’s the difference between pale and dark, or organisation and chaos”. We’re not sure on a personal level we ‘celebrate’ the contrast between organisation and chaos – just achieving a little more organisation would be welcome!

Novamobili’s contemporary Clio cupboard is available in a beautiful ochre finish (similar to Cherished Gold) along with four other finishes, and what we love about the styling here is the contrast between the striking deep yellow/gold of the cupboard set against the deep blue/grey of the wall. Two combinations that are complete show stealers, with the earthy gold adding a touch of glamour in an unshowy way.

Novamobili Clio cupboard

Novamobili Clio cupboard

As with any colours, lighting is incredibly important – a colour that might look great in daylight in a north facing room (low light) might look totally washed out under electric light.  Our neighbours, John Cullen, just along the Kings Road are the experts to talk to if you’re looking for some advice on how to cleverly light a room.

And some brand new and very stylish pendant lights here from Italian specialists Contardi Lighting, who have also used shades of gold, along with accents of blue, white and yellow in a fabulous new collection called Calypso.

Contard Calypso pendant lights

Contard Calypso pendant lights

Designers Servomuto have taken shapes from 1940s South America and added frosted glass diffusers to create a slightly industrial feel, with ceiling roses in satin brass.

So, whether it’s Rose Quartz or Cherished Gold – be inspired, be brave!  We have so many different fabrics to choose from at Go Modern it can sometimes be quite daunting – but isn’t it great to have left the acres of beige and taupe behind at last!

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Marvellous Marble!

Anyone pounding the vast exhibition halls of the international furniture show Salone Del Mobile, earlier this year (sore feet?  Yes!), will have noticed that one of the themes shouting very loudly was MARBLE. The marble trend has been creeping back for a while, in all its glorious forms, with even more gloriously exotic names:  Calcatta Gold, Emperador, Marquina black and Carrara white.  And it was everywhere at the prestigious Milan show.

Luxury brand Vibieffe have used it (below) on their Opera dining table – incredibly glamorous (and we really do like a bit of glamour at Go Modern!)

Vibieffe Opera dining table

Vibieffe Opera dining table

Stonemasons and architects have used it for centuries and British designers too have had an enduring love affair with it –  it pops up in almost every room of the house, adding a luxurious feel to bathrooms and kitchens, fireplaces and hallways. The use of marble in furniture isn’t something new but over the last few decades its popularity had definitely waned.  It had started to look, well, a bit overly-fussy and outdated (or simply ludicrously expensive!). But as we saw in Milan, it’s resurfaced as one of the hottest materials in contemporary furniture, with designers using modern digital technology to create wonderful 21st century products.

Porada’s  new and very beautiful Maskara dressing table was designed by Emmanuel Gallina and we’ve fallen head-over-heals for it, with its sophisticated marble top in dark brown Emperador or white Calacatta.

Porada Maskara dressing table

Porada Maskara dressing table

The new marble furniture shapes emerging have been kept fairly simple: the beauty of marble, with its characteristic swirls and veins, means that there’s already quite a lot of busy stuff going on within a design, so keeping the overall look fairly minimal allows the material itself to take centre stage.

Porada Ziggy dining table

Porada Ziggy dining table

Carlo Ballabio’s  Ziggy dining table is another great example of a simple, contemporary design that’s use of marble adds elegance.  With tops in black Marquina, white Calacatta or dark brown Emperador marble, combined here with a solid canaletta walnut frame. Marble will always evoke a feeling of tradition buts its current use with lots of contemporary twists such as combining it with real wood or strengthened glass etc brings it bang up to date.

One of our favourite designs of all time is Eero Saarinen’s ground breaking Tulip Table (originally made in fiberglass and later in marble) totally beautiful and utterly awe-inspiring when it was launched back in the 50s, and some of the current designs we’re seeing are continuing to excite us and break new boundaries in much the same way.

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Decluttering … post summer holiday chilling / pre Christmas madness

It’s usually after the summer holidays and in the run up to Christmas, with thoughts of extra family and friends coming to stay, that (panicky) minds turn to decluttering (well… confessions from most of us on the team reveals this one!). So, in an attempt to make life a little less stressful we’ve pulled out a few of our latest designs to help put a little order into the chaos most of us surround ourselves with.

If it’s bigger changes you’re looking for then wall units will definitely provide a long-term solution.  There are lots of different styles to choose from, all modular, which means you can create exactly the design you want.

Jesse wall hung cupboards

Jesse wall hung cupboards

The Jesse wall hung cupboards above are a great idea for creating some extra storage space, taking everything up and away from the floor.  They can be bought singly or used as part of a complete wall of units.  They’re also extremely easy to mount on most walls with the doors arranged to lift-up or pull-down, while cupboards can be hung side by side with one single top. They’re great for media storage too with channels for cables etc.

If you’re always falling over shoes and boots maybe it’s time to think of creating some dedicated storage for them.  Something that’s easy on the eye and even easier for, say, the average teenager to get the hang of.  Porada’s Girilla shoe cupboard  is an incredibly practical, mirrored, wall mounted cupboard. The two front sections open up to reveal 12 adjustable metal shelves perfectly angled to store your shoes or boots.

 

Porada Girilla shoe cupboard

Porada Girilla shoe cupboard

But if the thought of fitting wall units and cupboards before Christmas makes you reach for the drinks cabinet… maybe look at introducing a few smaller things to help.  Italian manufacturer Bonaldo creates fabulous designs with everything from sofas to dining tables and beds. They also think about the smaller things too and their ‘Secret’ ottomans , new this year, are extremely cool.

Bonaldo Secret ottamans

Bonaldo Secret ottomans

They come in three sizes and have loads of practical storage space underneath the padded lids, which also make extremely comfortable seats. They can be upholstered in matching material, or you can mix and match textures and patterns to suit the design of your room. They’re fab for storing newspapers/magazines, toys, or throws and cushions. Not quite big enough for packing away relatives but there’s always a first!

Bontempi Casa Lounge Coffee table

Bontempi Casa Lounge Coffee table

Likewise, Bontempi Casa has designed a clever and stylish collection of coffee tables called Lounge, with loads of inner storage space.  They’re made in wonderful shapes and great materials: the lift up lid/tabletop is made from lacquered aluminium with oodles of colour choices and the sturdy wooden frame can be upholstered in lots of different fabric from eco-leather to wool.

So, a few ideas there from us.  For more ideas, including our very stylish Note side table with clever side pockets for pens and papers, check out the decluttering post on the Homes & Gardens website. 

Lema Note side table

Lema Note side table

 

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Autumn: big comfy sofas and toasty (bio-ethanol) fires

Autumn’s well and truly here… crisp, misty mornings, skylines filled with beautiful burnished golds and bronzes… country walks and pub lunches in front of roaring fires…

The clocks go back on the 25th of this month; the end of official summer time, by way of an Act of Parliament which goes back to 1916 (although it still catches many of us out) and means our mornings will be lighter but the evenings darker… definitely time to make our homes our ‘winter nests’.

So… suggestions from us:  big, comfy, modular sofas are one of the things we’d recommend.  And, of course, we have a couple here to tempt you.

Cloud sofa by Lema

Cloud sofa by Lema

The beautiful Cloud sofa, by the masters of Italian design Lema, is a favourite of ours at the moment.  It’s designed by Francesco Rota and cleverly combines many shapes and sizes and, uniquely, each module can also be upholstered in matching or contrasting material.

Our friends over at Bonaldo have also produced a wonderful modular sofa for this season. The All Two is probably one of the most versatile modular designs we’ve seen at Go Modern.

All Two sofa by Bonaldo

All Two sofa by Bonaldo

What makes it so great?  Well, it’s incredibly adaptable (it’s seen here with a chaise longue configuration) and other special features include detachable armrests and backrests. It’s designed by Sergio Bicego and we are SO impressed – it’s one of those sofas that, once you’re sitting on it, the rest of the day will pass in a comfy trance (which is probably why they’ve placed a few clocks in this shot!).

Turning on (or up in our case!) the heating is another autumn ritual, and as great as central and under-floor heating is… nothing beats  a real fire as a central focal point to a room.  And if you can’t have a real fire, the next best thing is one of our bio-ethanol fires.

Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame

Montreal bio-ethanol fire by Decoflame

Bio-ethanol fires use a high-grade liquid bio-ethanol, a green fuel which is eco-friendly and generates no harmful gases, sparks or soot. We sell only the best bio-ethanol fires in the UK market and they’re not just a focal point; they have superb heat output, as well as long burning times – up to 8 hours – and are very easy to use. They can also be sited anywhere (although we always recommend a well ventilated room) such as existing chimney breasts,  free standing grates, or choose a portable version that can be wheeled from one room to another (when not lit of course!).  If you’re in the Kings Road pop into our showroom where we have a ceiling hung version which nicely heats the front of the store (warning: on a cold day you may find yourself lingering longer than you’d planned). The the new Montreal, seen above, by Danish brand Decoflame, demonstrates the versatility of these fires; this one has been ingeniously inserted into a partition wall and looks fabulous.

So, cocoon yourself this winter … the UK forecast is for a mild winter – but where have we heard that before?

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Throw out your tablecloths!

Rapid technological change isn’t just confined to what we listen to our music on, or which smartphone update is the latest ‘can’t live without’ device. The world of furniture design is as much a part of the technological revolution as any other industry.  Leading furniture manufacturers now invest large amounts of research-effort into creating materials that not only look fantastic but outperform anything that has gone before.  The latest designs to benefit from this are dining tables with amazing, near indestructible table tops (with apologies to all manufacturers of coasters and heat resistant tablecloths here…).

Our Italian brand Bontempi Cassa is one of a number of leading manufacturers to have launched their AW2015 dining tables featuring SuperCeramica, a material which not only looks elegant and stylish but that creates a virtually indestructible table top surface.

Cruz dining table

Cruz dining table

SuperCeramica is a ceramic based material combined with glass.  Its credentials are as long as your arm and include:  oil resistant;  acid/chemical resistant; scratch proof; heat proof; fire resistant; non-toxic; eco friendly; recyclable.  What’s not to like?

Shown above, the Cruz dining table (in ‘sand’ SuperCeramica) is also a versatile table, available in five different sizes, with the small version one of our smallest extending tables at just 120cm long x 80cm wide, and the largest version 102cm wide and 290cm long when extended.  We love it so much we’ve now got one in our Kings Road showroom – which many of our clients’ children regularly put through its paces.  It’s always won!

Dublino dining table

Dublino dining table

The Dublino table  is also offered in SuperCeramica (seen above in anthracite SuperCeramica) along with melamine, matt lacquered wood and velvet anti-scratch glass, while the strong metal frame can be lacquered in a range of colours or in chrome.

Glass table tops have been a feature of dining tables for a while.  However, the new matt, anti-scratch-proof glass, or velvet glass, is another great advance in surface design.  Using a technical process known as ‘dynamic corrosion’, the glass is treated by using special acids that create bevelled edges of the micro-crests within the structure.  We love the science bits (the technical info reads a bit how we imagine the initial treatment for Interstellar must have looked!)

Genio dining table

Genio dining table

The Genio table (above) is seen here in anti-scratch white glass.  Again, superb credentials: abrasion resistant; stain resistant; non-absorbent (liquids slide away); easy to clean (important with glass); warm to the touch; wide choice of colours. Three different extending sizes to choose from.

So, sit back and enjoy your table, your family and friends, the meal.  No more fretting about burn marks, water stains, scratches…  just let the science be with you!

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Paying Tribù to the great outdoors!

At Go Modern we’re lucky enough to have a small outdoor first floor terrace, which is perfect for showing off our garden furniture.  We leave it out all year round to demonstrate just how well it performs as, whatever the British weather throws at it, it still looks good.

Joining our other  high-end outdoor brands this summer is luxury, Belgian manufacturer Tribù. We spotted the family run company at a show in Paris last year and we were blown away by their designs. The look and quality of what they produce is fabulous, and their internationally renowned reputation means that they supply not just domestic customers but high-end, stylish locations around the world.

One of their recent projects (and for those of you lucky enough to have been you’ll know) is the Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza.  It’s a five star hotel combining Mediterranean style with the ‘electric energy’ the world famous brand is known for.  You’ll see Tribù’s distinctive designs around its pools and outdoor restaurants, including the Beachclub (below), next to beautiful white sands and a turquoise blue ocean… we’ll stop there…

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

Tribù doesn’t just create incredible, distinctive, good looking outdoor furniture.  Look behind their designs and you’ll find some fearsome technology.  It’s kind of alchemy meets design meets – outdoor fun!  Look at the product technical specs for each range and you’ll find phrases such as ‘die-cast aluminium, combined with polypropylene, reinforced with fiberglass’ or ‘ foam mousse encased in a seamless sheath of knitted textilene and polyolefin’.  It may sound like something from Heston’s Blumethal’s latest menu, but as far as outdoor furniture goes this is the furniture equivalent of a Michelin three stars rating.

Tribu Tosca sofa

Tribu Tosca sofa

The stunning Tosca sofa (above) is one of the company’s 2015 star pieces.  It’s part of the larger Tosca collection of sofas, armchairs, dining chairs, sun loungers and accessories, all of which feature a very unique braided fabric. Designer Monica Armani created the look for Tribù and it’s become a classic.  The extra-wide braiding is completely weatherproof and beautifully soft to the touch, just like an indoor sofa, and wraps snugly around the durable powder-coated stainless steel frame.

Also brand new from Tribù for summer 2015 is Branch, a beautifully organic design created by Altherr Lievore Molina, a highly creative, talented design team comprising Alberto Lievore, Manel Molina and Jeannette Altherr, and based in Barcelona.

Tribu Branch dining table & chairs

Tribu Branch dining table & chairs

The inspiration for the look of the collection came from… branches, with the design team wanting the range to ‘blend with nature’, which fits perfectly with Tribù’s philosophy: our outdoor space is always part of our home. The materials used have extremely high-resistance to outdoor elements and are UV and scratch resistant. Colours offered include white, linen and wenge.

Designed by Andrei Munteanu Tribù’s Pure range is a stunning modular design; sophisticated, elegant and luxurious but with a simplicity that gives the design it’s wonderful, contemporary look. The strong, squared frame is made from A-grade teak, sourced from sustainable East Javanese plantations. Teak is an ideal wood for outdoor furniture as it contains high levels of oil and natural rubbers, and it’s known for its strength, durability and weather resistance.

Tribu Pure modular range

Tribu Pure modular range

For over 21 years Tribù has been pioneering the philosophy that the terrace or garden should be seen as an extension of the house, and their passion has always been to create stunning outdoor furniture.  We think they’ve done that… and some.

So, if your holiday plans don’t include a trip to Ibiza this year… why not create your own bit of ‘hard rock’ outdoor style at home. The Met office keeps promising us a heat-wave… and we know we’ve all been there on that one before.  But even if the promised rays don’t come our way, 21st century outdoor furniture design means that you can now party outdoors whatever the weather, and still have a good time, with or without the promised sun!

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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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